Stephenie, At Last

Dixie's Land: Robin Rayne Nelson's Photojournal

Happiness is difficult to define for a person who doesn’t fit neatly into society’s conventional concept of gender. Transitioning to the preferred gender is sometimes the only solution to resolving dissonance between one’s internal identity and how society perceives them. It is especially challenging for older individuals who have lived with the discord for most of their lives — but ultimately decide they must be true to who they are, often at great personal cost.

Stephenie Viewweigh was able to live her last years in the gender she always knew she was. She died Friday, June 13th, 2014.

Stephenie at Last: Transition is an 'Inside Job'

  Story and Photographs © 2014 Robin Rayne Nelson/ZUMA Press

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East Point, Georgia –Stephenie Vieweigh would never forget the bitter, metallic taste of the rifle barrel in her mouth. Her finger was on the trigger — and she was pulling it.

“I couldn’t go on living a lie, unable…

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