Tell us your experience as a transwoman in your environment – work as well as social settings:
At first it wasn’t the easiest. Mostly because of my own thoughts and feelings about what people may think say or do. Then eventually I just realized that this is for me, my happiness and no one else’s. Once I let my whole walls of defense down, my eyes were able to open and see the true picture around me. Everyone wants and needs to be loved, and sometimes some people may not understand your need for this, but it’s not for them. Now I can say I feel comfortable in my work life and social settings. I think it’s also important to point out, that by surrounding yourself with positive people who love you is truly important.
    How important for you to be authentic?
It’s a necessity, it’s a must. I have lived a lie for many years before being honest about my authentic self. It’s liberating, but also required in order to live my life to my fullest potential. At the end of the day that is all I can dream and pray for.
    What does it mean to be visible and be counted?
Visibility to me, means breaking down the barriers that block us from each other. It means standing up even if your friends are too afraid. Visibility is more than just being “Visible” it’s an action something you strive to do, not be.

Eva Steele
In Pride,
Phoenix, AZ
(She, Her, Hers)