June 10, 2018 by thewashingteenian
By: Adrian Lucas, Staff Writer
Instead of posting only my story, I will interview multiple people who want to share their stories. The first person I was able to interview was Charlie (but he’s still deciding on a permanent name). He is a 15 years old and transgender. His preferred pronouns are he and him. When he was three, he already knew that being a girl was not for him.
Even as a small three year old, Charlie would prefer to play with trucks and watch the “boy shows”. Also, he hated dresses and would always have to be forced into one. This went on for many years. On his 11th birthday, Charlie found out about gays and lesbians. At that time, he knew he was a boy and, since he liked boys, he thought he was gay.
When he asked his parents about it, they said that dating a boy made him straight and it broke his heart. Like most transgender people, Charlie was forced to be the assigned gender for most of their life. Fortunately, he fully came out two years ago. He finally knew what transgender meant and he knew it was him. This was who he was and there was nothing anyone could do to change that.
Unlike me, Charlie is on Testosterone. At the end of our interview, he said, “I wear male clothing, go to a barber and do the rest. It’s a rough road with many bumps but things get better, I’m also bi so yah.”
I am glad that someone has reached out to me to share their story. It shows me that even in this world, even when you feel alone, just know there are people out there that understand exactly what you’re going through.
Until next time, goodbye.