Transgender Man Shatters Stereotypes With 'Then And Now' Photos
As we are recovering from our celebrations last night, we at Instinct wanted to reflect on some of the top posts of 2017. This one grabbed our attention from the beginning for its honesty and ability to help others.
One transgender man is shattering stereotypes with a powerful social media post.
Musician Jaimie Wilson posted the image below, last week.
In sharing his transformation, he hopes to encourage people not to judge others on their outward appearance.
‘DONT JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER,’ he says. ‘I am posting this picture to show that not everyone has to show “signs” to be transgender.
‘You don’t have to pass a test to prove you’re trans… and you sure as hell don’t need ANYONES approval but your own.
‘This life is about finding yourself and becoming YOU.
‘No one’s journey is the same…so stop comparing yourself to others.
‘When I came out people refused to believe I was a man because of how “Feminine” I presented for 18 years.
‘So why am I posting this comparison? Because I want people to see it doesn’t matter what some LOOKS like…if someone has the guts to tell you “I’m transgender” “I’m gay” “I’m bisexual” anything like that PLEASE BELIEVE them and be there for them because stereotypes need to be broken.’
On Facebook, Jaimie explains that the left photograph was taken in March 2015, and the right in March 2017.
‘Coming out as transgender was the best and worst day of my life thus far.
‘I miss having my family in my life…I miss my parents being proud of me…but you know what I don’t miss? I don’t miss the nights I laid alone battling with my feelings…I don’t miss waiting for everyone to leave the house so I could put on masculine clothes and tuck my long hair under a hat…I don’t miss hiding.
‘When you look at me I’m not the strongest, the tallest, or the most handsome man…but you know what I AM? I’m finally ME and god does it feel so good.’
Nearly 20,000 people have commented on Jaimie's Facebook post.
H/T: Gay Star News