My first stranger is an 18-year-old boy named Kaden who has began the process of a gender transition from a female to a male. His birth name was Krista but two years ago he decided to change his name and started taking testosterone. He has been seeing a doctor to eventually have the full surgery to finally be able to present himself in his authentic identity to his reflection in the mirror. Kaden’s mother hasn’t been present in his teen years, so his grandmother has been raising him. She refuses to support his decision or call him by his new chosen name and has made Kaden leave the home. I don’t think I could possibly begin to understand what its like for Kaden. I have always been comfortable being a woman and I am much older now but still trying to find out who I am. I have recently become a Christian believer and believe I Am who God made me. I can’t imagine what the negative social impact that all of this change in a teenager’s life could have who is going through this process. Without the support from his family, the financial barrier he must experience for transition has to be extremely difficult. I know as a teen I was very hormonal and emotional but being his age and dealing with the physical and emotional effects of transitioning is hard for me to fathom. I have a lot of respect for the decision he has made. Despite all the negatives this teen has had to face on a daily basis, he has accepted who he is and no longer has to live a lie which that in itself is a huge success.
My second stranger is someone whose traditional religion is Judaism, has moved to this country and is living in the amongst the elder population. Growing up in my house, there was no religion present and we didn’t have any family traditions, but this...