By her own account, Raquel grew up in a traditional American family. Both of her parents had advanced degrees. Raquel attended charter schools as a teenager and then completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Georgia. Raquel was raised Catholic and attended church each Sunday. But as a child, she remembers feeling different. Racquel is transgender and has been living openly for several years now as the woman she has long known herself to be. But at the time, she didn’t have the language to define what she was feeling.
Now, living as an openly transgender woman, she continues to work tirelessly as an advocate for the LGBTQ community. “There will always be people who don’t think like you or look like you,” she said. “And you just have to love them. There’s that human element. We’re all different, but we can still respect each other.”