Nicolas lives on a family farm in Lisbon, OH with his grandmother, who relies on him for whatever income he can provide. Talbott graduated from Kent State University in 2015 with a degree in sociology and criminology. While in college, he became interested in working on issues of global security and counterterrorism and wants to serve his country. He is currently in the process of enlisting. Nicolas is a transgender man – that means he was born and raised as a girl but understood from a young age that he is a boy, and so he transitioned and now lives every day as the man he has long known himself to be.
In 2017 President Trump tweeted a new policy change: Transgender people would not be able to serve or enlist in the United States military. “When I read President Trump’s tweets, my heart sank,” Nicolas said. “I feared that I would never be permitted to fulfill my longtime dream of military service. Small towns like Lisbon, Ohio—where I live—do not have many job opportunities. I am actively searching for a job where I can support myself and my grandmother, who is unwell. Enlisting in the military provides a stable job, steady income, health benefits, and the pride of serving my country.”