AIDEN : "I had a lot of fear. I never wanted to hurt other people. I spent a lot of my life putting other people’s needs, feelings, and happiness in front of my own. It wasn’t really until my Dad died, four years ago, that I stop doing that. It pushed me to leave the North East, or get away really. In that process, of leaving I began to stop sacrificing myself. I started focusing on my wants, desires and myself in general.
It’s interesting that we are meeting up here, in Brooklyn, because this is where my journey to transition started. Ten years ago, when I was living here, I was going to start hormones on and then I didn’t. I kind of struggled with all of it for a while and the fear I had around hurting others and here I am 8... 10 years later, going through it. Which is funny because I left Brooklyn, which is the liberal bastion of trans identities, to live in the Midwest. I do believe, though, that finding community out there catapulted my transition.
I think that because Omaha is in the center of such a conservative area the community binds together because we need to. There is infighting but all groups have that and for the most part, everyone is very loving, accepting, and kind. We have to be. We need each other."