High school is a difficult enough time, where teenagers begin to transition from child to adult all while dealing with fluctuating hormones and a multitude of firsts – first date, car, job. But the teenage kingdom of high school is even more difficult when transgender students make the bold, brave step to show the world who they really are.
Some transgender students have the safety net of a fiercely supportive family and friends. Others are not so lucky. Even those with advocates by their side often state they feel lonely, misunderstood, and far from accepted. Bullying is a common issue with these students, and these mean-spirited subjugations often lead to depression, anxiety, or even suicide.