“The whole persona I had for years was so not feminine,” she said. “It’s not that traditional story that always gets reported in the media, ‘Oh, that 5-year-old boy who played with Barbies and was always bullied for playing with the girls in school.’ … There were no supposed ‘signs’ when I was younger. [My parents] have been supportive, but when I came out they were like, ‘What?’ They were really, really shocked. … It’s like — no, I’m literally not the person you’ve known my whole life. That’s a whole different ball game” (Katie Rice/MEDILL).