At only 13, articulate Tom Sosnik has all the makings of a future TED speaker.
After reading the suicide note of Leelah Alcorn in December, the Californian teen decided to ’embrace his truth.’
And Sosnik came out as transgender in a powerful speech at his school.
‘I am no longer Mia. I never really was,’ he said.
‘And now I finally stand before you in my true and authentic gender identity as Tom. I stand before you as a 13-year-old boy.’
Sosnik recalled how he struggled with his gender identity throughout sixth grade.
‘For a while, I dismissed the fact that I hated my body. I pretended to be content with what I was assigned until, at a certain point, I broke,’ he said.
‘I went through a series of horrible breakdowns. And I would stand under the water in the shower crying. I knew I wasn’t happy.’
He encouraged his classmates to talk to him or their parents if they had questions but asked them not to gossip.
Sosnik wrote in the video description:
‘To all those struggling to embrace their true and authentic gender or sexuality, I want you to know that if no one else accepts you, I always will.’
Watch the video below: