I used to be very scared of being transgendered. I didnít want to fit into that community, and I lived my life as a woman. Only those very close to me knew otherwise. When Gwen Araujo was murdered I realized that I could no longer pretend to be what I was not. Gwenís death could have been mine. I was in her situation so many times: deceiving people that I was a natural woman. I was really just deceiving myself. This was difficult for me to come to terms with, but I realized that Iím not a biological woman and I never will be. There is more than just male and femaleógender is fluid. I realized that the world was messed up, not me.
Thereís an emotional and spiritual evolutionary process that we all must go through to accept ourselves for who we really are. I am a transgendered woman and thatís how I identify. For many years I refused to accept having been male. Now I recognize that I am of two spirits, and Iím trying to get in touch with the man inside of me. This is part of embracing my transgenderism as a whole. Iím no longer trying to be something Iím not. Iím just trying to be who I am, and to love myself.
ó Danielle, 30
I am more than just a woman.
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