"I cried and knew it was bad I loved dolls. It's my earliest memory of having my gender policed. Adults taunted me in church, asking, 'Are you a boy or girl?' I felt like something was wrong with me. During one sermon about gay people going to Hell, people stared at me. I was six and thought, 'If I die, it doesn't matter.'"
For more information on the transgender community and how you can get support, visit genderminorities.com. If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, please call or text 1737. For Lifeline, call 0800 543 354 or text 4357. For the Suicide Crisis Hotline, phone 0508 TAUTOKO. In an emergency, always dial 111.