“I’m not gay,” says the new mom.
“I am a writer and a blogger.”
It was a question she asked herself a year ago when she started blogging about her son’s body, and the answer surprised her.
I have never been asked to be the butt of a joke.
I am not gay, she says.
I am a journalist.
I have a daughter who is 5 years old.
She is an aspiring singer, an accomplished athlete and an accomplished musician.
I’ve been a mom to four boys.
And she is not a bad mother.
But I don’t think that means I’m going to be a good one.
“We’re all different, and that’s fine,” she says, “but it doesn’t mean that I can’t be a role model for them.”
She’s been on the frontlines of the battle for transgender rights in the United States, writing for The Advocate and Vanity Fair and appearing in documentaries about transgender athletes.
Last year, she co-founded a local nonprofit called Gay Voices, which helps LGBTQ youth.
Now she is also one of the founders of a local blog called Gay Body Blog, which she started to document the body in her own words and to raise awareness about the epidemic of transgender health issues.
When I was a kid, I used to sit at the computer, writing articles and trying to figure out what I was doing wrong, she explains.
But now I have a lot more freedom.
What is my body like?
I used not to have a sense of what to look for, so I think the first thing that I noticed was that my skin was darker.
In high school, I was in the middle of a lot of drama between two people, and I had really good friends, but it was really difficult for me to have good friendships.
A friend told me I was too small to have any friends and that I needed to be more like a boy.
So I had this really hard time coming out to my parents.
They didn’t understand me, so they tried to keep me quiet.
Then, I went to a transgender event in my high school.
I remember walking into a room and there were three people, all men.
I wasn’t particularly attracted to any of them, so it was kind of a shock.
Then the men walked out and one of them said, “Well, maybe you’re not gay.”
I thought, “Oh, good, I guess this isn’t the time for this.”
I went home and cried.
I was really upset.
I thought that if I didn’t have a boyfriend, I’d never have a chance to find a boyfriend.
I’m now in a new phase, which is finding a good relationship, and it’s starting to work.
For transgender people who identify as gay, the transition can be a struggle.
For trans men, the decision to transition can mean facing the possibility of being ostracized or even being forced to live a lie, such as living with the stigma that comes with a false diagnosis.
“When I transitioned, I had to make sure that I was ready to accept who I was,” says Krista Davis, a former writer and now a transgender blogger.
“Because I had a lot to hide from myself.
I didn and won’t have any family that I knew.
And it was very difficult for a lot, but I think that was part of the process.
But I think my mother’s story is a really inspiring one, too, because she knew the risk she was taking.
As a kid she would sneak out to the bathroom, and there would be a bunch of other kids in the same bathroom, laughing at her.
It was not something that she wanted to happen.
And so, I don, too.
But it’s the kind of courage that is hard to come by, I think, for a child.”
Transgender people are still facing discrimination in the workplace, too: According to the Human Rights Campaign, more than 1.3 million transgender workers were fired in 2016.
And many of these people are working with their employers and are unaware that the job they’re doing is transgender.
Krista Davis has found a way to keep her work in the LGBT community.
She’s a blogger and a teacher, but she’s also a mom of a 7-year-old boy and a 12-year old daughter.
She says she has no regrets about being a transwoman.
“You have to be brave and proud to be transgender,” she tells me.
“Trans women have been doing this for centuries.
And I think trans women are just like us, and we are just going to keep doing what we are doing and we’re going to make it work.”
I don’t have to hide anymore, she adds.
“There are no excuses.
I know I’m a woman.
And I can be proud of that.