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Isabella Turner

Name/about yourself?

Hey! My name is Isabella Turner and I am a transgender woman from Ireland. I am most passionate about trans visibility and working towards equality for the lgbtq+ community!

What do you do?

With the recent attacks on the community around the world I decided that it was time to stand up and declare myself proudly, to show the youth of tomorrow that our vulnerabilities make us strong and that trans really is beautiful. When I was younger I never felt like I belonged anywhere, never quite felt right until I came across YouTube, and that Is how I discovered who I really was. Nowadays there are so many incredible trans advocates on social media but back then the only person I had to inspire me was @gigigorgeous, and it was her coming out video that changed my life for the better. I hope some day that I can offer the same inspiration to generations that follow me.

Which women influence you the most?

I've always been inspired by powerful women in pop culture, especially the ones who stand up for diversity. Right now I'm feeling very inspired by Lady Gaga, Zendaya, Cara Delevingne and Pabllo Vittar.

What struggles have you overcome? and how?

Throughout my life I have fallen victim to bullying, exclusion and most recently my own mental health issues. I suffer with gender dysphoria, social anxiety and general anxiety disorder, at least that's what the doctor tells me. To me those things are only labels and I will not let them define my experience. I want everyone to know that labels do not define who you are, whether that be in terms of gender, race, sexuality or even when it comes to mental health. One of the biggest things I've noticed since coming out as trans is that everybody automatically assumes I'm attracted to men, but in reality I'm am most happy when I don't label myself. Life is like an open bar, you get to make your own cocktail.

Any words of advice for other females out there?

If I could live by one quote it would be something that @lavernecox once told me when I reached out to her through social media. She signed off her message by telling me to 'Stay in the love', and that's something I've never forgotten. Surround yourself with the people and things you love and everything will be ok. Stay in the love guys! <3