Ryver Evans, a 16-year-old transgender teen from Nashville, North Carolina, tells us her story of coming out to her parents and peers in a small, conservative, southern town. Her father, Anthony Evans, shares his experience with his daughter’s transition. We also explore gender dysphoria
with Rae Sweet, Education Coordinator with the nonprofit, It Gets Better Project which helps empower and connect LGBTQ+ youth around the globe. Ryver is a talented musician and songwriter and also shared her story in the This Is My Brave, Inc. (TIMB) 2021 National Teen Show through an original song. You can watch it here.
If you or someone you know in the LGBTQ+ community is looking for support, check out Trans Lifeline and The Trevor Project. If you’re struggling or considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Crisis Text Line by texting STORY to 741741.
Read the full transcript here.
Season 1 of Our Turn to Talk is produced by Principle Pictures in partnership with This Is My Brave, Inc.. The podcast includes content from the WETA Well Beings Youth Mental Health Project. This season is made possible by generous donations from The Hershey Company, Janssen, Rose-Marie van Otterloo, The Risa Fund, and a dedicated anonymous donor.
Special thanks to our clinical advisors Kyaien O. Conner, PhD, LSW, MPH and Tammy George, MSW, LCSW. Theme music by Merel & Tony. Additional music by Anthony Barilla.