Alexis Ellis is a co-author, podcaster, speaker, and pageant girl, who is not stopping there.
I was born in the wrong body. I knew it when I was young, and I wasn’t happy.
I didn’t like being a boy, so I would sneak into my parents’ room and try on my mom’s clothes. It was a comfort. I would steal clothes from her and hide in my room and wear them. Around the year 2000, I saw ads for being a model, and I tried drag makeup model couple times. It awakened my gender change again. I wasn’t too serious until 2013, when I went to a transgender clinic to discuss options, and in July of 2014, I started on hormones in low dosages. When I told my family I was transgender, my mom told me I was supposed to be her daughter when I was born, and she happy she finally got a daughter.
With their support, in 2016, I made the decision to schedule my surgery and on November 19th, 2017, I flew to Montreal to have my vaginoplasty surgery. It was first time that far away from home. The staff at the hospital and recovery house were amazing. While staying in the recovery house, I saw butterflies, and I never knew anything was that beautiful.
I lost two jobs because of my change; a clear human rights violation that I am still battling today.
I have since entered an empowering fitness makeover challenge for women. I didn’t know I was the first transgender participant. In 2019, I joined the pageant world to advocate for leadership, and confidence. I didn’t know I was the first transgender participant. I went to a national pageant, and I will keep learning and growing, and advocating for confidence and leadership in this space.
I am now co-author of three chapters, a podcaster, a speaker and a pageant girl, and I believe no one should stop there. Dream and you can grow.
I want to inspire others to enjoy their life and reduce the suicide rate of transgender people. I want society to know we have feelings and rights and are just born in the wrong body, but we are just like anyone else. The best part of my journey has been all the people who support me and give me the courage to keep being me.
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