Photographer: Ryan Pfluger
Born in Hunan, China, and raised by two moms in a small city outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan, I grew up being “that kid.” The kid with two moms, the kid who “looked like a boy,” and eventually, the trans kid. I spent a lot of my life feeling like an outsider. And I was. But eventually, I started to embrace it, to reclaim it.
I came out as trans when I was 12 and started my social transition in middle school. With the support of a local group for queer and trans youth, I found a way to share my story. I learned how to tell my story in my own words. And later, I went public, documenting my transition online.
Through Instagram, Huffington Post Articles, and MTV Voices, I documented my medical transition. I found a community of trans men and queer and trans people of color during my journey.
Since coming out, my activism has centered the narratives of trans people, particularly trans people of color; authentic representation in the media; and deconstructing gendered systems.
B.A. Sociology, University of Michigan 2017
M.S.W., University of Michigan 2020