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Richmond, VA
“I don’t expect folks to understand everything about being transgender, but you don’t need to know everything about someone to treat them with respect,” said L.E., woman in Richmond who is transgender; that means she was raised as a boy but felt for a long time that she is a girl, and so she transitioned and now lives every day as the woman she has long known herself to be. “We all want the same things: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. … We shouldn’t be kicked out of our house or fired for no other reason than who we are – that’s just putting barriers there that shouldn’t exist.”
L.E. has found joy in her life as an improv performer and workshop presenter. She’s performed comedy for 15 years, and she was relieved and grateful that when she came out as transgender, her friends in the industry continued to accept her. “It has been an important outlet for me to express my authentic self,” she said. Now, she’s excited to share that passion with others. A few years ago she started volunteering with LGBTQ youth, and she has even done improv classes for LGBTQ people so they can have access to a similar outlet that she did. “I want to show younger people that they can do anything and be anyone they want to be.”
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