She struggled to understand her emotions until she came to Syracuse University and learned about the transgender community.
Hiding an identity from friends and family takes strategy; it takes giving up a certainty to live in safety, one Syracuse University student said.
“The easiest way I think to hide something is to get very close to the truth, but just turn slightly,” she said, identifying as a transgender student on campus.
The 20-year-old student — who asked not to be named for safety reasons — left her hometown in Franklin, Mass., to study English and illustration at SU. Two years in, she realized her male body didn’t reflect her female personality.
One Syracuse University student finds truth in his identity as transgender.
Note from the writer:
October marks national LGBT History Month and observes National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11. As a reporter for The NewsHouse, I reached out to transgender students to help our community at SU better understand what gender identity means for our colleagues regardless of appearance. Each of the three students I worked with shared their personality and passions with me, and now wish to share them with our NewsHouse readers. Follow the profile series on Oct. 15, 22 and 29.
Local drag queen Nikki Fenmore and drag kings, Windz and Miles Long, visit SU to discuss "The Art of Drag."
Her golden-blonde hair rests on the collar of her black sweater, and her soft side bangs brush the thin, silver frame of her glasses. She smiles. Her lips are full and painted a deep, dusty-rose shade of pink. She sits, hands folded together with a shiny gold band on each ring finger, waiting for the others to arrive.
SU students came together for the "Big Gay Dance" in the Schine Underground in support of National Coming Out Day.
More than 80 people from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community and their straight allies took to the Schine Underground dance floor on Saturday night for the "Big Gay Dance."
The fifth annual dance is a place for people of all sexual orientations to express themselves in a safe environment, said Chris Wakefield, a 21-year-old Syracuse University senior who organized the event.