When nine-year-old Trevor Baize came out to his mom Melissa, he was terrified that she would not accept him. Trevor announced to his mom that he is transgender – meaning that although he was raised as a girl, he had always felt that that didn’t quite fit, and so he intended to transition to live each day as the boy he has long known himself to be. Fortunately, Trevor’s family was very supportive throughout his entire coming out process. His mom Melissa even drove him to the Tarrant County Courthouse in 2016 to legally change his name to Trevor Shane Baize. Trevor and Melissa were front and center in the 2016 fight to prohibit discrimination of transgender Texans in public places.
Trevor recognizes the importance of living authentically and would hate to have that right taken away. “I worry of people that are misinformed and ignorant about this and I worry that he might come across someone that doesn’t understand what it means to be transgender,” Melissa said. “The happiest part is seeing how happy he is and that he’s finally able to smile in a way that I didn’t see before.” Trevor added, “I’m super happy that my parents are on my side and that I finally get to be who I am.”