I chose to talk and do a photoshoot with my friend Jorielle Livingston because I, a cis man, have so much to learn from her about being transgender. It was inspiring and powerful to hear about the world in her eyes.
In an interview after the shoot, Jorielle shared this;
“I grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska. Growing up, I did not have any reference point for LGBTQ+ people in media, so it was a foreign concept to understand what being trans was or what that meant. I came out as trans in my freshman year of high school, and I was lucky to go to a high school that had an accepting environment. I quickly became involved in my high school’s GSA (Gender and Sexuality Alliance) and was the club’s president. In our GSA, with my best friend’s direction, we gave educational presentations to freshman health classes and school-wide staff meetings about respecting transgender students and approaching LGBTQ+ history. I was lucky to have been born in a time and place where being a young trans girl was not an indictment of my personhood or moral character. I have two households that love me, and my close friend group supports me.”