BW: What’s it like being transgender on the road?
Sam: You know, I don’t have access to a razor all the time so I just pass as male. [I don’t let people know] until I trust them and have known them for a while. A lot of people don’t know who I really am. I’ve learned to deal with it over the past couple of years. It’s a safety thing. It sucks. I want people to know who I am but the way trans people are treated… someone finds out that I am and they could fucking kill me.
BW: Is the reason you’re on the road because you’re transgender?
Sam: Yeah that was part of it. My mom accepts me for the most part. She still doesn’t get it. I’ve been out for about three and a half years now. She’s learning. I’m very proud of her. But my dad’s side of the family is actually [in close association with] Westboro Baptist.
BW: Do you want to take it all the way [sex reassignment surgery}.
Sam: Yeah… yeah I do. I’m just trying to figure out a way to make it all work. Find a place to be where it’s not as bad.
Part of these collections: Coming Out