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Real life stories evoke a far more powerful response in most people than facts and figures. They touch on our humanities; they help people remember that when decisions about a certain issue are being made, those decisions affect real lives. They give us a voice by explaining where we stand and how we got there. Every time somebody shares their experiences with us, we get to see what is possible. You have a story that is as unique as you are. Reach out and share it.

President Trump says that Transgender people serving in the military will distract the force from fighting and winning wars. He says people like me are a burden that harms readiness. Let’s be clear, the only thing that will ensure success - or failure - on the battlefield will be the side that fights better – or more appropriately - adheres best to the principles of war, and which one does not. I spent nearly twenty-three years in the Army, all of them knowing I was Transgender, and unable to do anything about it. I could have been a better officer had I the opportunity to transition. But that could not happen in the age of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” So, partly to cope with the gender chatter going on in my head, I focused on being a good officer.

Read more: Story from a Transgender Soldier

Persad Center

My story of coming out was one that required me almost ending my life before having the courage to face the truth. Since I was 17 I have been in mental health counseling. While I had some of the more common difficulties anxiety, depression, and codependency, it was not till I looked at my drug and alcohol recreational use that I realized I needed a clearer view.

Read more: Jaden Raerhys From Pennsylvania
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