Mason is a transgender student, raised as a girl but now living as the man he has long known himself to be. Growing up, Mason said he was never feminine or drawn to stereotypically “girl” clothes or toys. He came out as transgender to his mother while in high school and considers himself very lucky that she was accepting and loving from the beginning, even though she had her own questions. “I saw a huge change in him,” his mother Belinda said. “I saw a glow in him.” These days Mason strives to live openly and authentically and wishes the same for others like himself — which is why he has helped his mother in the creation and running of her support group, #BeHuman.
“You see a lot of negative stories about transgender people out there, and I imagine that’s scary for young kids,” Mason said. “I want to show them that with my story, they can have a successful future, and live as the people they truly are.”