Gina Marie Young
"Self-acceptance is vital to gaining tolerance and respect from others. Know who you are, whether you're transgender or anything else in life."
by Erika Prins
his woman knows what she wants. Today, it's a doubleshot caramel macchiato and the quietest table in the coffee shop. Last May, it was coming to work as her "true self"--a woman. Being, by appearances, a man at the time, doing so was not as simple as sliding on a pair of pumps in the morning and strolling into the office. Many of Gina Marie Young's close friends told her Spokane was not the place to go through a gender transition. She believed them, but says she was mistaken. "I was really surprised that I was wrong. I was happy that I was wrong," she says. "I've lived here all my life and it's home." She received overwhelming support from many coworkers and friends as she transitioned--more than she expected.
photo by Steve Rodenbough
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