Newsweek. "She is my one constant in a chaotic world."Almost two decades later, and the couple are still going strong. To celebrate, Marie shared their prom photo to Reddit's r/MadeMeSmile forum, with the post receiving over 66,000 upvotes.Around 1.6 million American adults identify as transgender or non-binary, according to Pew Research Center.
Gender dysphoria begins in childhood, states a 2020 study by Cedars-Sinai nonprofit hospital in Los Angeles, with 73 percent of transgender women and 78 percent of transgender men experiencing symptoms by age 7.The research also revealed that untreated gender dysphoria can lead to a lower quality of life, particularly as the child grows up and is forced to grapple with puberty and gender norms.Marie realized she was transgender at 10 years old.
Her father was flicking through various TV channels, fleetingly stopping on a documentary about transgender people."I learned that it is possible to have a soul that doesn't match your body, and there are treatments to help fix that mismatch," Marie said.Growing up in a Catholic household, she was taught that it was sinful to be transgender, so she kept her feelings a secret. "Shaming my family by transitioning was not something I wanted to do," she added.Marie first spotted Tashina in gym class.
She was laughing so loudly at a friend's joke that Marie could hear her from the other side of the field.On the bus ride home, Marie decided to talk to "the pretty, vivacious girl" she had seen earlier.