Mike, age 6
Houston, Texas (1975)
I was born a biological female in 1969, but knew as young as age 4 that I was 'different.' I didn't have the vocabulary for it, but I just always knew I was a boy. I think the picture says a lot about how happy I was, when I got to be ME.
I used to lay in bed at night, wishing I'd wake up and be a boy on the outside, too.
I wanted to grow up big and strong and have a wife and kids, but I didn't think that would ever happen.
I was lucky enough to have parents that allowed me some freedom to choose, when it came to my hair and my clothes.
I was very into superheroes, like Superman and Batman.
I think I really connected with feeling powerful, and being able to accomplish great feats. Perhaps because deep down, I knew someday I would embark on a journey that would test me to the core.
When I look at this picture now, it makes me smile. Even when I didn't realize it, I think I had great courage. I was bullied from about 7th to 11th grade - to the point of wanting to end it all. And I am so thankful I didn't!!
I transitioned to male in 1998, with the support of most of my friends and family, and I've had a FANTASTIC life. I have a beautiful wife and kids now, and I am living the life I dreamed about as a small child, but feared I would never have.
I would say to all the young people out there:
It really DOES get better.
You can choose how to live your life, and there are SO many people out there ready to help you!
Mike's first, famous-person same sex crush:
Farrah FawcettI thought she was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen.
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