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Amazing Hip-Hop Video Chronicles An Autobiographical Journey With Gender

"I just wanted to tell my story in the hopes someone would relate and it would offer them some peace."

A powerful new music video is providing an autobiographical account of one individual's journey with their gender identity throughout the course of their life.

"1997" by Ro Rowan initially stemmed from an assignment for a college hip-hop class and went on to become the artist's debut single. Rowan, who uses the pronouns they/them, wanted a way to share their experiences and story with people whose own lives don't fit within a binary understanding of gender.

"When I was growing up there was no LGBT representation on television, in the movies or in the community I grew up in," Rowan told The Huffington Post. "Any mention of LGBT folk was negative and scary. I felt alone and didn't feel safe to fully express myself. I think what got me through this time was the love and support of my mom who didn't necessarily understand me, but loved and supported my expression. I so wanted to relate to someone as a kid who felt like I felt. So, I just wanted to tell my story in the hopes someone would relate and it would offer them some peace."

Check out "1997" above and head here for more from Rowan.

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