Amanda's Open Road

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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Australia 2008

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Brisbane, Queensland AUS

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 5

  • ON DVD:

    Roadtrip Nation: Season 5

AMANDA DEAN

Transgender Health Advocate/Health Promotions Officer
Queensland Association for Healthy Communities

“Celebrate the fact that you find happiness in your life more important than financial success or your parents' dreams.”

INTERESTS:

Non-Profit Organizations

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Acceptance Choices Courage Family Fear Honesty Individualism Support & Encouragement Struggle

TAGS:

accepting yourself, being ashamed, being different, depression, happiness, hiding, identity, parents, self discovery, self expression, skateboarding, strength, transgender

BIOGRAPHY:

At age 19, Adam Dean left school and returned the following semester as Amanda, a transgendered person. For years, Amanda faced internal battles as she repressed her identity from herself and from the outside world. She was sick of hiding, sick of being ashamed and then found the strength to embrace her identity as a transgendered person. Upon coming out, Amanda was petrified. With the support of solid family and friends, she found a way to be herself despite the obstacles and criticism. While she has been living her life as a full-time female for the past 6 years, Amanda admits that it is a constant struggle, something she continues to face every day.

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