Saturday, January 14, 2017

That Time She Quietly Made History #GenderRevolution #GirlOnFire #BlackGirlMagic #MakingHistory

Trinity is THIRTEEN now. I can't believe it. And this year, will be officially ten years she has lived as her authtentic self. So much has happened in one year that our heads are still spinning but we don't dare stop speaking out and representing a marginalized group within society. I can't possibly express the pride I have when I watch my daughter's presence inspire others.

Recently, she and I got to go to the White House and meet President and First Lady Obama. So amazing of an experience. The First Lady told Trinity that she was beautiful! 

In front of the White House

Also, Trinity was featured in the National Geographic issue on Gender Revolution where it states something not many outside of family and friends knew about. 

Showing her image found in National Geographic

You see, this image is Trinity waiting while her pediatric endocrinologist inputs information before her Lupron injection. This is a medication she receives every three months to suppress puberty. What many didn't know is that her getting to this point did not come easy. In fact, she had to fight for the very medication that would save her from depression, anxiety, and dysphoria. 

Our family is on Medicaid and we weren't sure how this would work in terms of getting the puberty blockers. Truth be told, I assumed it wouldn't be an issue. Yet it was. And we had to fight being denied. And we did. Because I'm a mama bear and my daughter's happiness is everything to me. 

After eight months and several letters AND an appeal hearing later, my daughter not only won, but she also became the first minor in the state of Delaware to be approved by Medicaid to cover her transition. 

History made by a minor. A trans kid of color at that and not many knew. But I knew. Her friends knew. Family knew. Her doctors knew. And she is our hero for sure because of it!


Like that wonderful song by Alicia Keys, Girl On Fire, Trinity, my beautiful girl, is just a girl and she's on fire. Making changes for all and remaining humble and authentic as always.

Credit: Artist Quinn Chen