“We’re all the same. At the end of the day, everyone has something, whether you make it public or not, that people shun you for in your life. It could be that you had sex before marriage, married outside of your race… The list goes on and on and on. So be considerate of things that other people are going through. We’re no different than anybody else. We’re all the same. We’re human beings. It’s all about respect. That’s all we want at the end of the day – equality, right? To sum it up, try to put yourself in other people’s shoes. Think about struggles or whatever that you’ve gone through and compare.”
These are the words of thirty-five-year-old transgender man, Shawn Stinson, born Shawna as a female, when asked what he would say to his cisgender counterparts if given the opportunity to impart some wisdom.