The little kid on the left didn't know the word "transgender" until high school, and I owe my life to those who were able to be visible to show me I had a future. Visibility provides hope and comfort for trans* kids and adults alike who are afraid to be themselves or who simply can't find the words to set them free. I finally found the words and the safety to start living authentically four years ago, and that changed my life forever. I am proud of the little kid on the left for staying strong until I could become the man on the right. It is visibility that has allowed me to be free and to share my own story in order to show others that we are here and we always will be. I'm proud and thankful to be visible for those who can't be. To anyone who is hurting or hiding, you have a future, you are valid, you are loved, and you matter.