Arianna, 17, says that when she was in sixth grade, she learned the meaning of transgender and says she could relate. Three years later, she says she came out and now identifies as transgender. She now goes out in public as a female, even though she says her family has had a hard time supporting and accepting her transition.
In the video above, Arianna allows Dr. Phil cameras to follow her through a typical day.
“I can’t even go in public without someone telling me to kill myself,” Arianna says. “It’s not easy to be transgender. People say it’s a choice. Why would anyone want to go through any of this?”
Hear more about Arianna’s life, the struggles she faces and how she says she has become estranged from her family on Dr. Phil.