Los Angeles, CA
I identify as a boi, which means I feel most comfortable somewhere in between a man and a woman – both in the way that I dress, behave, and most importantly, in how I feel. There's a part of me that is unfulfilled when I'm in an environment where I'm unable to embrace that. The term "transgender" can be pretty confusing to folks outside of the queer community because the term itself is so fluid and it's implications so broad. Yes, I feel like a world-class gentleman in a suit and get a twing of excitement when a stranger calls me "sir" – But I actually identify as a woman. I like to wear mascara and have my girlfriend put her arm around me. I'm even fairly domesticated. However, these little things don't constitute me as a "man" or a "woman." That's the point. My identity and image is MINE to create based on my right to live an autonomous life in pursuit of individual freedom. That's the model our country was founded on and it's time we stop enforcing rules on who deserves these rights, especially now that we finally have a president who is on board with this idea and recognizes the queer and transgender community as citizens deserving of these freedoms.