Amanda's Open Road
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Brisbane, Queensland Australia
Public Television: Season Five
Transgender Health Advocate/Health Promotions Officer
Queensland Association for Healthy Communities
accepting yourself, being ashamed, being different, depression, happiness, hiding, identity, parents, self discovery, self expression, skateboarding, strength, transgender
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.