Taylor's aunt, Jenny Lindsey, pins a shoulder board on during Taylor's promotion to Lieutenant ceremony at the USCG Long Beach base on January 9, 2017. Jenny Lindsay and her husband are Taylor's only family that has accepted her transition. Both of Taylor's parents have disowned her.
Taylor tries on her new women's uniform for the first time in Long Beach, CA on July 31, 2016. After the pentagon's announcement that they would remove the ban on transgender service members, Taylor was granted permission to be able to adhere to women's uniform standards.
Taylor applies a pain killer cream to her scrotum in preperation for her electrolysis hair removal appoitment the following morning in Long Beach, CA on February 11, 2017. Taylor must have all her scrotum hair removed for the gender reassignment surgery.
Taylor recieves shots of Lidocaine, a pain killer, directly in her chin, cheeks, lips, and neck during an eight hour electrolysis hair removal appointment in Lewisville, TX on June 7, 2017. Taylor has endured more than 45 hours of facial hair removal so far and it is still not complete.
While writing in a journal during her time in outpatient phyciatric care, Taylor was asked to write in a journal documenting her journey and pain throughout her life in Long Beach, CA on September 24, 2016. After a sexual assualt, Taylor had a panic attack while at work at the USCG Long Beach base and was directed to commit to outpatiend phyciatric care for 30 days by her commanding officer.
Taylor plays with her long-time friend, Miles McCarthy, son Owen while visiting him and his family in New London, CT on April 6, 2017. Taylor was asked to speak at an LGBTQ panel at the Coast Guard Academy where her and McCarthy attended and became friends. This was McCarthy's first time seeing Taylor in person as a female.
Taylor clenches through the pain of electrolysis hair removal on her scrotum in Los Angelos, CA on February 11, 2017. She has endured 15 hours of scrotal hair removal so far and must do many hours before it's ready for the gender reassignment surgery.
Taylor speaks with Dr. Aram deKoven, the Chief Diversity officer at the Coast Guard Academy, about how the school can better their approach to transgender students while a young CGA cadet sits in on the conversation on April 6, 2017 in New London, CT.