I was born a boy to high school dropouts, whose drug addiction made my childhood chaotic. I was often left on my own, but I did learn the value of hard work. I earned my diploma, started a family, and worked hard to provide for them. For 11 years I’ve worked at a car dealership, but I’m not the same person I was when I started. At 25, my marriage ended, and after intense soul-searching, I gathered my courage to talk with loved ones about being transgender. With great support, I began the reassignment process, and shared my experience on YouTube; it reached 6,000+ subscribers, and over a million views. I found my authentic voice as an activist and candidate, protesting discrimination, and I launched my campaign powered by heart, elbow grease, and modest donations from many who share my commitment to social, economic and environmental reform. I won’t accept dirty money, nor sell my support or votes. I’m running for Congress for what I can give to our country, not what I can take.