I knew I was a bit different from the age of five.
I didn’t fit in with everyone around me, and growing up I assumed I was a gay male – but I still didn’t fit in.
Eventually, at 25 I realised I was a transgender woman.
One of the things that made my journey so difficult is the stereotyping of trans people in the media – I couldn’t relate to what I saw.
The media seems focussed on sensationalised stories, and how a transgender person ‘ought’ to look on the outside.
I want to educate people – especially the younger generation – on what it’s really like to be transgender, and show how actually this is only one aspect of who you really are.
Me and my friends want young people to know that calories aren't the enemy!
Shak & Natasha
Mary-Anne White and Lucy Wills