Meet the girl who attends an all-boys school

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While she would much rather wear a skirt, Hannah walks through the doors of her selective all-boys high school dressed like everyone else – with a tie, blazer, slacks and heavy black shoes.

Hannah, 16, came out as transgender last year and made the decision to stay at her school, despite the uniform.

“I tried to get them to change their policy for about a year,” says Hannah.

“[The school says] if they give in to me, other people might ask for other changes.

You kind of have to put on a facade and you have to make people think you’re something that you’re not.

Hannah’s mother, Gagan, initially agreed with the school and felt that the uniform did not need to be changed.

“I actually said to him ‘look, I wear pants and…I wore a tie when I went to school’.”

“[But a doctor explained] it’s a really big deal for her because all this time she’s been living like a boy… It’s a really big step for her to feel comfortable.

Growing up, Hannah always felt uncomfortable with her body and started questioning her gender in 5th grade.

“Pretending to live like a boy was weird because it was different from how I felt about myself,” she says.

“You kind of have to put on a facade and you have to make people think you’re something that you’re not.”

Since coming out to her mother and school last year, Hannah says she has felt accepted in her community. And for Gagan, her child’s gender identity doesn’t change who she gave birth to.

“I think it doesn’t matter – gender girl or boy – I have the same child,” Gagan says.

“She speaks to me the same way, she has the same dark, dry sense of humor – very sarcastic and cynical…And I love her.”

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