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HRC member Tina White delivered a poignant and powerful speech at the 2016 HRC Atlanta Dinner on Saturday, April 30. In front of a crowd of nearly 1,200, she shared her struggles with living in the wrong body, her courageous decision to transition, and the acceptance of her family, friends and loved ones.

Throughout her speech, White spoke about the challenges that the transgender community faces. She also highlighted the importance of first loving oneself before searching for confirmation from others.

“To express and share our identity is not just a human right, it is a human necessity. I now have a self that I can give to the rest of the world,” White shared. “I’m not half the man that I used to be, but I am more than twice the person.”

Watch White’s inspiring message of living one’s truth below:

Coming out - whether it is as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or allied - is a deeply personal and arduous journey for every individual. Whether it’s for the first time ever or for the first time today, average people help advance equality just by sharing their stories. Check out HRC’s Coming Out resources for more information.

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