"My name is Ace. I identify as male (female-to-male). I've been out in the community as male since I was 14 years old. I knew who I was at 11 years old. I was always looked at as the tough "lesbian" since I was little, but always referred to myself as queer/gay.
Being an FTM of color, people already give me the stereotype of a dark skin, bad behaving person, that has no morals. Even when I completely pass as a guy I am still looked down upon as someone of lesser value in certain places. I have seen some people respect me more for being an FTM of color and others look at me like I am only doing it to try to pass as a male just to have power in society.
Facing many different challenges in my life has made me a stronger person today, and I wouldn't change anything. Something people don’t know about me is that I can be a hopeless romantic, and I enjoy being a shoulder for others in need." -Ace