This video competed in
Up & Left An LGBTQ Short Video Contest
Director(s): Ariane Kunze
Growing up, Braxton Thomsen was a pretty normal boy. He liked to climb trees and play with trucks. He dreamed of being a baseball star. And despite being born deaf, there really wasn't anything stopping him from becoming the person he wanted to be. But then his breasts started to grow, driving home the awkward reality that he was in the wrong body. His mind, his spirit, the fabric of his being told him he was a boy — but when he looked in the mirror, a girl looked back at him. This is the story of Braxton and his journey as a transgender man in Vancouver, WA. He is currently working to become a therapist for the deaf transgender community. This video was produced for The Columbian Newspaper in Vancouver, WA with the help of reporter Sue Vorenberg. Interview was interpreted by Brayen Biddle.