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This is a fair question. The answer though is actually part of the journey he mentioned. Simply identifying as strictly the new gender to some down plays the entire life we lived before we got here. The lonely nights, losing family, the struggle of transitioning isn't easy. It'd be like Eminem never talking about where he came from. He's proud of the work he put it to get there and he should be. We have years of lives that shape who we become before transitioning fully and during. So identifying as transgender is important to remember where we started. It's part of who we are.