On December 6, 2019, I was honored to speak at the National Association of Independent Schools annual national diversity conference and it was amazing. 

I gave the keynote address at the @NAISNetwork’s annual NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC). Schools from around the country send up to six students. My high school included. But I never went. I never even applied. I didn’t feel like I could – I wasn’t out like I am now. I was terrified of my swim team finding out I liked girls. I hadn’t figured out I was transgender. I was stuck in depression and my eating disorder, frighteningly complacent in my misery. I was so afraid I would always be stuck there. I was just miserable. All the time. And so I never went.

So, this was my first time at SDLC. I felt the tears sting my eyes as I walked on stage, grinning. I thought about how much it means to me to be able to stand in front of 1,800 high school students and share my truth. I thought about how this is proof that it does get better. So thank you, @naisnetwork for having me. Thank you, students, for all the hugs & the snaps & the claps. My heart is so very full ❤️

The view from the audience…

From the stage…

 

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