A compelling new video is chronicling one college-aged transgender woman’s story of coming out to her fraternity brothers and journeying to live as her authentic self.
Vanessa shares her story through a video released by Stateless. In the video, she opens up about her battles with substance abuse and self-harm before coming to terms with her identity, and also re-meeting her fraternity brothers while presenting as Vanessa for the first time.
“When I was still closeted the biggest thing affecting my life was the fear,” Vanessa told The Huffington Post. “The fear of being found out (about how I felt/dressing up) and the fear of how my friends and family would react. I thought for sure people would hate me. Instead, I only found love coming out to the world as my true self. I really wanted to show that in the video. People will surprise you and even in the most unlikely of circumstances ― [like] coming out trans in a fraternity ― there is love and acceptance.”
Vanessa went on to say that she feels that Greek communities on college campuses across America are becoming more accepting. Watch the video above to hear Vanessa share more of her story.