There are some things that we’re not comfortable doing.
But if we have to do them, we do it.
Hannah, a 23-year-old from Seattle, is one of those women.
She is a fashion designer who grew up in a mostly black neighborhood, which made her feel unwelcome in her neighborhood and felt like she wasn’t welcome in her community.
Hannah had a very different experience when she came out as transgender last summer.
For years, Hannah said, she felt invisible and invisible in her own neighborhood.
She had always been comfortable being who she was, but she never felt like the city knew about her.
Hannah wanted to be part of the conversation about how we treat women of color in Seattle, but couldn’t be.
So she decided to start a blog about her experience.
“There was a lot of anger about it.
I just wanted to say, ‘Hey, we’re all different.
We’re all fighting for the same thing,'” Hannah told me over the phone.
“I was able to come out and share that with people and see that it was not a problem, that I was not alone in my struggle.
I realized, ‘Wow, I can be the first person in Seattle who is openly and proudly transgender.'”
Hannibal, who was born female but identifies as a boy, also had a difficult time getting comfortable with being a woman in Seattle.
“My biggest struggle was figuring out how to put my name on the clothing,” Hannibal said.
“It’s a complicated process because I didn’t know what to call myself.”
Hannibals first dress was a pink blouse that Hannibal purchased at Nordstrom, a popular discount store that has since closed.
It was made from polyester and made her uncomfortable at first.
“But it wasn’t until I saw the photos on Instagram and Tumblr that I really got to where I was at,” Hannibal told me.
“Once I started wearing the blouse, it felt like a part of me, like I had a part in the story of how I was born and how I felt.
It wasn’t like a fashion accessory or a costume.”
But even with the blouses, Hannibal and her friends and family members still felt out of place.
“A lot of people thought that we were just wearing pink blouses and I just kind of laughed it off,” Hannibal explained.
“We just laughed and called it a night.”
Hannah said she felt like her gender was something that was just in the closet.
“There was this sense that you were different and you were not wanted in our community,” she said.
She also noticed a disconnect in how people were treated by the public when they came out.
She told me that her friends at school would sometimes comment on her dress to her, like “Oh, she looks like a girl.
I like her.”
When I asked Hannibal if this made her less comfortable, she said, “Not at all.
I think that it makes me a stronger person.”
Hugh has since moved out of her apartment to live with her boyfriend, who is white.
“If I wasn’t living with him, I wouldn’t be able to go out to eat,” Hannibal joked.
But because she’s white, she doesn’t feel like she’s welcome in the neighborhood.
“The people that I’m talking to don’t understand how to be respectful and respectful to me,” Hannibal added.
When I asked her about how she felt being invisible, Hannibal told that story, too.
“At first, I thought, ‘I just want to be able do my own thing,'” Hannibal said, her voice trailing off.
“Then I realized I wanted to make a difference, and I wanted the people in my community to be supportive.”
Hanni’s blog was the first step towards her becoming a part, and ultimately, a part that will continue to grow.
It is a chance to share her story and build a network of support for transgender women of Color.
As Hannibal tells it, her experience is just one of many stories she is sharing on her blog.
The story she tells is not one that is unique to her.
But she believes that she has the power to change the world.
“When you have someone telling you that you can change, that you don’t have to be afraid of what you look like, that there’s no shame in being who you are, that being trans is okay,” Hannibal shared.
“That if you choose to be who you really are, and you embrace who you want to have, then everyone is going to be okay.”
Follow Hannah on Twitter: @HannahDowlingHannah’s first dress is a pink floral blouse with an edging of pink and pink tulle that Hannibal bought at Nordstrans.
Her favorite color is blue, and Hannibal wears it every day.
“You have to make yourself feel like you’re different,” Hannibal explains.
After purchasing the blazer, Hannibal said she