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Matt Hood

Matt Hood

Name: Matt Hood
Age: 16
Year of the Fix: 2017
Location: Livingston, West Lothian
Campaign: To educate teens on what it's like to be transgender

When I was 14, I realised I was transgender – I’d been wrongly born into a female body.

 

It meant I had to explain to all of my friends and family that I was going to transition to living as a boy,  then I changed my name from Vicky to Matt and asked people to call me ‘he’ and not ‘she’.

 

When the news spread at school, a group of bullies started to regularly attack me for being transgender. It all came to a head one day when they all grouped together, calling me names and throwing things at me.

 

Now I want to help future transgender teens to avoid the kind of bullying I experienced, and I believe education is the best way to fight prejudice.

 

I’m working to educate schoolchildren about it means to be transgender, and the issues and challenges faced by teenagers like me - I believe that if people knew more, they’d be more understanding.   

 

The following Fixers helped me with this Fix - 

 

Jena McClelland

Shannon Knight

Joshua Morris

Drew Stratton

 

Gail Hope and Ian Kerr from James Young High School supported me with this Fix. 

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