Many young transgender people, wrestling with their identities, find themselves shunned by family, friends and co-workers.
“A lot of people really don’t realize the like immense amount of pain the average trans person goes through just trying to like live their life,” says Eli, a 17-year-old male who was born a girl and lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Eli and other young transgender people in South Florida illustrate the hardship this community faces. They also show its resilience. Here are their stories, as told to Associated Press photographer Lynne Sladky.