by Kate Sweeney

Kindness and Courage: Trey

AGE: 30

Pronouns: He/Him/His

What has been the most surprising aspect of transition for you? All of the resources and support systems in the LGBT community geared toward people of trans experience.

In your experience, what’s been the best thing about living authentically? Being able to truly be myself in any situation.

In your experience, what’s been the biggest challenge related to living authentically?

Just having to explain myself to people that knew me before I started to transition that refuse to acknowledge me for who I am now, not who I was before.

What kind of environment is Central Ohio for a TGNC (Trans or Gender Non-Conforming) person? I love the environment in Central Ohio and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else in Ohio being TGNC.

What question(s) do you wish people would stop asking you? Why? I wish people would stop asking my dead name.

What do you want to share about your experience as TGNC person that most people might not know about? Most people think all TGNC people have a troubling experience but mine has been pretty smooth, comparatively. I have very supporting friends and an even more supporting family.

What’s a book, movie, or TV show you’d want people exposed to so they could learn more about the TGNC experience? Why? Pariah is one of my favorite movies.

What’s the most interesting thing about you (unrelated to your gender identity)? I have 55 tattoos.

What do you think is the most important concrete action allies could take to help support the TGNC community in Columbus? Always speak up in defense of your friends, even when they can’t defend themselves. Sometimes we think the world is against us and it’s nice to know that there are people on our side.