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Trans activist uses TED talk as platform to 'come out'

Trans activist uses TED talk as platform to 'come out'

LAST UPDATED // Friday, 21 March 2014 11:08 Written by // Sabine Brix

An activist and model who underwent sexual reassignment surgery at a young age has publicly 'come out' during a TED talk in the hope to make a difference.

"The world makes you something you're not - but you know inside what you are."

This was how activist and model Geena Rocero opened her TED talk.

Rocero used images of herself growing up in the Phillipines to paint a picture of her life as a little girl.

Winning and participating in countless trans women's beauty paegents in the Phillipines Rocero was well known and supported, however when her American Green card arrived, a transformation would begin.

At age 19 the model underwent sexual reassignment surgery in Thailand and when she arrived in San Franciso changed her name so she could be recognised as a women.

During her speech, it was evident Rocero wanted to encourage others to embrace their true selves.

"Today, this very moment is my real coming out. I am here exposed...to help others live without shame and terror."

[Cover image] Photo:James Duncan Davidson


Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix is the digital editor for Gay News Network.

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