Growing up in South Orange County, Brit Cervantes didn’t always know where he fit in. Assigned female at birth, he eschewed playing with dolls as a young child, preferring football and climbing trees with his brother. Later, Cervantes felt his body betrayed him, especially at the awkwardness that is puberty. At 16, he came out as gay to his family, but something about that didn’t seem quite right nor was it immediately embraced by them (and South County ain’t exactly the most LGBT-affirming place to be, either). Four years later, Cervantes understood himself as transgender and became an advocate.
It’s an identity and calling he now deems a gift, especially with the OC Pride community that has become like family.
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