Growing up as a girl – and an identical triplet – Zachary Kerr never felt quite right with himself.
When asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” for instance, the answer from his little girl self was always “a boy.” It was charming at first, he recalled. But later, it became worrisome.
A tomboy who preferred rough-housing, he would often leave home dressed in clothes designated for his female gender. Then slyly on the school bus, he changed into outfits snuck from his older brothers’ closets.
He felt confused and alone. At age 14, he came across the transgender concept: people whose gender identity is different from what they were born with. It clicked; things finally made sense. He slowly started to make the transition from female to male.
“I was depressed because I didn’t end up in the right body,” said the 20-year-old Methuen native, who went to Methuen public schools and is now a freshman at Wheelock College. “I want people to see that you can be trans, and you can be happy.”
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