Jaimie Wilson is a talented musician, a DJ, a successful model – and a fully transitioned female to male member of the LGBT community. According to Unilad, he shared everything he went through with his followers on social media after he came out. Though he lost many of his friends and family members, he feels he did the right thing.
Jaimie Wilson, a 21-years-old from Ann Arbor, Michigan in the United States, has shared his transition journey online and, in the process, has become an empowered poster boy for transgender rights.
Jaimie first realized he was born into the wrong body when he was just 15-years-old and studying in high school. He learned the hard way that ‘being yourself is better than being the person people want you to be.’
"When I was 15 I knew for a fact that I was male. But because I grew up in a very conservative, religious household I had to put my identity and feelings aside until I was able to be on my own. I knew the situation would not have been good, or safe, if I came out that young."
"I would go to the store and shop in the men’s section. I took every opportunity I had to put on masculine clothing and stare into the mirror."
"Honestly, it was extremely scary because I didn’t think I’d ever be able to transition. I thought it was something I would have to live with for the rest of my life. I didn’t tell anyone how I was feeling because I was afraid of losing everyone."
But in a bid to normalize the process of gender reassignment and quash ignorance, Jaimie has bravely shared his journey with his followers on Instagram in a series of candid photographs.
Through his music, the 21-year-old has also found a creative outlet with which to express his feelings, both good and bad.
The singer-songwriter transitioned at the age of 18 when he found himself ‘more excited to be alone than around anyone,’ adding, ‘When I was alone I was able to dress and look how I wanted to… I was me.’
"Transitioning for me physically was the best feeling. I remember cutting my long hair off and how, although the world remained the same, it felt like a whole new one!"
The hormone treatment quickly started to show results, Jaimie explained:
In the process of finding himself, Jaimie has lost family and friends who were unable to reconcile the outward transition from ‘the pretty, popular country girl’ Jaimie once was and the man he has always been.
As a trans activist, Jaimie is now determined to educate people, saying no matter what someone looks or sounds like, their identity and gender are their own to define.
"It may sound crazy, but I didn’t need to ‘come to terms’ with my body. The image I had in my head for so long of how I was suppose to look was finally a reality."
The young model has also been overwhelmed by the warm welcome from within the LGBT community, as well as the wider public.
However, he has lost the support of his relatives and claims, ‘dealing with the betrayal of my family did and still does take its toll’.
"Even if you were raised the same as I was, don’t think that you need to spend your entire life trying to please your family."
"Do you really think I would choose this for myself? Choose to lose my family? Choose to spend thousands of dollars on gender assignment surgery and hormones? Choose to be repeatedly ridiculed?"
Jaimie added, ‘If my struggles help just one person be themselves I’ll endure the hate that comes along with it.’