In honor of Transgender Awareness week, we wanted to highlight some of the contributors in PYP’s newest anthology: The Real Lives of Transgender and Nonbinary Humans. In this collection of stories, each of the contributors share their stories and experiences from when they first realized that they were trans or nonbinary, through the ups and downs of life, to where they are today. Each of the contributors come from different backgrounds and walks of life but they each have a story to tell and each story is a testament to the power of hope, determination, and the possibilities open to everyone when they learn to love and accept themselves for who they really are.

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NiK Kacy (they/them) is a gender non-conforming fashion designer and owner of fashion company, NiK Kacy Footwear. They make high quality gender-free shoes that can be worn by anyone. They also founded the first LGBTQ+ fashion week in LA, called Equality Fashion Week. They not only wanted to give back to the LGBTQ+ community by creating visibility and showcasing queer, trans, and BIPOC talent, but they also wanted to develop a platform that provides economic development for the queer community. They hope to grow Equality Fashion Week by taking it on the road to other cities that lack access to queer talent development and fashion.


Dee Bowker (she/her) has a philosophy: “Being transgender is one of the least interesting things about me.” She got her first job right out of college with an aerospace firm in New Jersey, but soon moved west and has been working with the same financial institution in Chicago since 1987. Dee has told her story both privately and publicly on many different platforms. She continues to share her story so that others will better understand why she transitioned; perhaps they will see some aspect of their story in hers. Dee’s message: “You’re not alone and you don’t have to hide who you are. You can express yourself openly and authentically.” 


Tony Ferraiolo (he/him) is an advocate for transgender and nonbinary youth and a Certified Life Coach. Tony shares his experiences to educate others and has started multiple support groups in his area for trans and nonbinary youth and their families. He is a singer, songwriter, artist, and the author of the books Artistic Expressions of Transgender Youth, Vol 1 and 2. These books showcase how transgender youth think about themselves and the world around them through their art. Tony is also the co-founder of the Jim Collins Foundation, a foundation that funds gender-affirming surgeries for transgender people. Knowing firsthand the lifesaving effects of top surgery, Tony co-founded the foundation to make sure that trans people in need have access to these necessary surgeries. 

Samantha Lux (she/her) is a transgender social media influencer, YouTube content creator, and speaker. Through her Samantha Lux YouTube channel and speaking engagements, she shares her journey with people across the world. Her goal is to educate those outside the trans community about what it means to be trans and about inclusion. She gives back to the trans community by being a voice for people who have never met a trans person, those questioning their gender identity, or are transitioning, as well as people interested in learning what it means to be an ally. She currently manages her business Samantha Productions, and is a full-time speaker for numerous businesses, events, and organizations across the world.

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