I’m a trans woman, and it’s not something I want to talk about, says Tami Gertrude, a 22-year-old trans woman from South Carolina.
But Gertriquez is the kind of trans woman who has embraced her identity, and she’s doing so in a way that doesn’t seem like an act of bigotry.
When she first started transitioning, she was uncomfortable with the thought of being labeled a “man” by her family and friends.
Now, she has the freedom to be who she wants to be.
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While many transgender people have expressed their desire to be identified as the opposite gender, Gertrid was different.
“I’m just a woman,” she told Newsweek.
“The thing is, I’m the woman.”
Gertriel, who is also a member of the Gay Men’s Health Network, explained that while she had a female pronoun at birth, she transitioned to the female pronouns “he” and “she” when she was young.
Gertria says she felt uncomfortable with her own gender, so she decided to change it.
“My friends would say, ‘You don’t look like a girl, you look like an adult,'” she said.
“It made me feel like I was missing out on something.”
Gretrudes family, friends, and coworkers support her transition.
She’s been referred to as a “he,” a “she,” or “he-she,” and has met people who’ve loved her for who she is.
Gretriquez says she has had some support from her mother and a few people in her church, but the majority of her support has come from strangers.
“There’s so much support from people who are just so kind and understanding,” she said, adding that she doesn’t see herself as a target because she is transgender.
“They’re not judging me for who I am,” Gertrhudes mother, Mary Ann Gertrad, told Newsweek in a phone interview.
“People who know me and my family know I’m very happy with who I’m.”
Grentrudes parents support her decision to transition and have welcomed her to her new life, including having their daughter wear a dress.
“We just love it,” she says.
“This is our girl.”
Gustav Gertrludson, who lives in Wisconsin, also transitioned to female pronouns when he was 13 years old.
GERTRUDSON: When I was 14, I was going through a period where I felt like I wasn’t a girl anymore.
I was transitioning.
So my mom and dad were like, ‘Well, what are you going to wear?’
I was like, I don’t care, because I’m going to be a girl.
And they were like—’That’s cool, let’s do it.’
And I’m like, OK.
I’m glad they were open to that, but then they’re like, you’re really not a girl if you don’t want to wear that.
So I wore dresses and they were just like, no.
So then I started to feel like, like, this is the way to go.
And I wore it for a long time, because it’s my identity.
And then they started to accept it, and I was just like OK.
So now I just have a lot of friends who are like, okay, I like that.
And my mom likes that I’m wearing dresses.
And now I have a girlfriend who’s wearing dresses as well, so it’s good.
GESTRUD: I love my dad.
He is a wonderful man.
I feel like he’s just a normal person, but I do feel like there’s more to him.
He’s just so much more than that.
I do miss him sometimes, but it’s okay, because he’s the man.
And he’s a good dad.
Grentrad says his dad helped him transition to the new gender when he first started, but they haven’t been in contact since.
“He would always try to take me to the movies or to my sports games or go on vacation,” he said.
But it was during his sophomore year of college that Gertrand’s transition was finally recognized.
GSTRUDS FAMILY: I’m not saying it’s wrong, but my dad would always take me out.
I’d be like, Oh my God, dad, I can’t go anywhere!
GSTRHUDSONS: My mom and father are so supportive of me, and my mom, too.
GUSTAV GERTRALD: We’ve seen our friends become friends, friends of our family, family of friends, so to have that happen is awesome.
I can say that it’s the best feeling in the world.
I love that my dad is supporting me.
And it’s so exciting to