Max is originally from the Netherlands, and currently works from home as a product moderator, translating information into English and Dutch. He’s also a full-time student at Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia, where he studies healthcare management.
When he’s not working or going to school, Max exercises, works on puzzles and other creative work, and volunteers at the Calvin Center in Hampton, which provides equestrian therapy to children and adults with physical, developmental and learning disabilities.
That is what Max wants his fellow Georgians to know about him, especially people who might have never met someone who is transgender. His identity is an important part of who he is—but it doesn’t define him.
“This transition allows me to be me, and politicians should realize and acknowledge that we deserve to be protected by the law, as we are valuable members of society with a large variety of skills to offer.”
“I’m not just a transman; I’m a man that happens to be trans.”
And Transgender Day of Visibility gives transgender people, their families and allies the opportunity to show that to the world.
“It lets people know that, just because we are trans, we aren’t any less talented, driven, or deserving than anyone else,” he says. “We set out goals, we work hard for our goals, and being trans doesn’t stop us from reaching our goals.”
For those who would single transgender Georgians out for discrimination, Max has an additional message: Transgender people we didn’t choose to be this way, just like no one chooses the cards they are dealt in life.
“Why single us out because we stand up for ourselves and be who we were meant to be?”
He says his life would have been easier if he could just “flip a switch,” and not need to transition and live as the man he knows himself to be. But that just isn’t possible—being transgender is not a choice.
“This transition allows me to be me, and politicians should realize and acknowledge that we deserve to be protected by the law, as we are valuable members of society with a large variety of skills to offer.”SHARE THIS STORY