What a moving and inspirational story. Thank you so much for sharing this, Constance. It’s absolutely wonderful to see that so many people in your life were supportive and affirming. And even more inspiring is the fact that you didn’t dwell on the fact that a few friends chose to leave. This is one (of many) aspects of trans people that always ceases to amaze me… the fact that ya’ll would have every right to be angry or bitter at family & friends for not accepting your authentic self, but yet, you all never are. I see this in my own trans teen — this mature, quiet wisdom — and I’ve seen this exact thing time and time again with every trans person I’ve come to know. And it just makes you even more beautiful than you already are.