Samantha says the the opportunities she’s been given to educate the public aren’t ones she takes for granted, and she works hard to make sure she is an effective communicator. Samantha is transgender; she was born male but felt herself to be female for a long time, and so she transitioned and now lives every day as the woman she has long known herself to be. While Samantha has lived for a while in a place with nondiscrimination laws that protect her, Massachusetts, she knows a federal law would bring peace of mind to other LGBTQ people across the country.
“I’m fortunate in the opportunities I’ve been given,” Samantha said. “For me, I want to broadcast and show that transitioning is possible, that it’s not as taboo or stigmatizing as people make it out to be. My main goal is to spread awareness and exposure and bring up all the important things and show people we are the same as everybody else. Having legal protections and ability to take recourse, it allows people to live more comfortably and confidently in public because they know the law is on their side.”