Growing up in Alstead, New Hampshire in the 1960s and ’70s, Robyn Robison had never heard the term transgender. Still, from an early age she felt much more comfortable expressing herself as a girl, even though she was being raised as a boy. In 2012, Robyn decided she needed to start living as the woman she had always known herself to be. Two years later, when she saw the documentary Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story – a look into the life of the first transgender Navy Seal—she was inspired, and knew she had come to the right understanding, transitioning to live every day as the female she had long known herself to be. Despite feeling happy, Robyn knows that she is left vulnerable to discrimination.
“Our country needs to make sure all transgender people are protected under the law,” she said. “There should be a strong message that everyone is entitled to safety and security.”