Once I transitioned from female-to-male eight years ago, I was able to live life as my true authentic self. I am embracing the change and progress I have witnessed, not only in who I am, but also in the world around me.
I grew up thinking that I was the only one who felt out of place in my own body. Now, I see the transgender community becoming a part of scripted and reality-based TV shows, movies and social media outlets. Transgender issues are frequently talked about and/or addressed in the media, politics and public policies.
While the progress we’re making sometimes feels slow, I look back and remind myself how much has really changed. I was able to transition publicly with community support, to speak up, to be visible and to be an advocate for more acceptance and inclusion. It amazes me that I can now freely reflect on the outside who I truly am inside and that the transgender community’s allies are growing every day.
Each time I speak on campuses across the US, I’m always reminded of how important communication and honest conversation is. Having a dialogue about issues we may not understand is a perfect place to start.
Credit // Author: Jeremy Wallace
Jeremy L. Wallace is an author, professional speaker, and entrepreneur. His book,Taking The Scenic Route To Manhood, chronicles his extraordinary journey as a transgender man. Combining his expertise as an entrepreneurial business owner and a transgender person, Jeremy speaks to corporations, organizations and groups of any size about embracing change, becoming our true selves, and living up to our full potential.
Learn more about Jeremy and his story at campuspeak.com/wallace.