24 year old transgender/heterosexual Noelle (last name withheld) moves with great caution around Jamaica. While there are parts of Kingston Jamaica where she feels safe, in others, she says, she must 'navigate spaces' carefully knowing that she can be attacked because she presents as a woman. "Before my great-grand mother passed away, in her last few days she had Alzheimer, she told me to be Be-You-Tiful- be you because the real you is beautiful and you're not here for the approval for anyone so give yourself a break and Be-You-Tiful. These words stuck with me and formed part of me in a literal sense as I had it tattooed on my chest as a reminder to myself every day when I wake up and I am preparing myself for the day ahead." Noelle is a transgender woman from Jamaica. She had struggled with her gender identity for years, worried about what friends and family would think, but embracing her trans identity has made her stronger. "This is the first time I'm speaking so candidly to such a large audience about my gender identity but at this point I really don't care. I am Jamaican and trans is beautiful and I am beautiful."

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