By Emma Pearson @emma_pear
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Videographer / Director: Bruce Feagle
Producer: Emma Pearson, Nick Johnson
Editor: Kyle Waters
Geeky Brandon Morrison was beaten up and tormented by her classmates - to the point where she was too depressed and terrified to return to school.
But since becoming a woman called Brittney Kade, the blonde 17-year-old's confidence has soared and she now has dreams of becoming a model and finding love.
Brittney, from southern California, said: “Before becoming Brittney my life was so miserable but now I’m feeling positive about the future and I would love to find someone to spend my life with.
“I dream of becoming a model and showing the bullies that they haven’t broken me.”
Leggy Brittney knew from a very young age that her body on the outside felt very different to the person she was on the inside.
She said: “I first realised I was born in the wrong body when I was probably three of four years old, when I would play with normal toys that girls would and not normal boy toys.
“I was suppressing all of my feelings of just wanting to be myself.”
Brittney’s mum Staci Morrison, 33, watched helplessly as her daughter struggled with her indentity and fell into a deep depression.
Staci said “I started to notice that Brittney was identifying as a female probably around 18 months when a child starts walking.
“She wanted to wear my high heels, she wanted to dress and play with the girl toys. I noticed really young.
“She was just a depressed kind of sad child and it would really hurt me.”
And things only went from bad to worse when Brittney was targeted by school bullies who made her life hell.
Brittney said: “Peers were not very nice to me at school.
“They would get physical with me - I’ve been punched in the stomach, I’ve been trampled by other kids at school, I’ve had my hair pulled and I’ve been pushed and shoved.”
The bullying became so bad that Brittney was too terrified to return to school and at 15 she dropped out and started being home educated.
Brittney said: “It was just really hard for me and I was miserable. I wanted to take a step back and find out who I was myself.
“I was pretty quiet and numb and I didn’t like who I was.”
Brittney told her mum, and step-dad Andy Fraga, that she was transgender when she was 14 and with their full support she started taking hormones a year later.
And the transformation in Brittney’s character – and appearance – has been remarkable.
Now Brittney’s peroxide blonde locks and trim figure cut a drastically different figure from the gawky awkward boy she once was.
Brittney – who has never had cosmetic surgery - said: “The way I feel about my body today is a whole different change. I am a lot more confident and I think that shows on the outside too.”
Mum Staci added: “Brittney has changed a lot mentally during her transition. She has brightened up. It’s like watching a flower bloom. It’s amazing.
“I’ve seen her grow and lose her insecurities. She stands up for herself, stands up for other people, she’s become compassionate and she’s self-driven.
“Her personality has changed completely.”
Sadly, not everyone has been so supportive of Brittney’s transition and she is now estranged from her father.
But despite the knocks she has suffered, Brittney now says she wouldn’t change anything.
“I’ve cut the toxic people out of my life and now I’m excited about what the future holds,” she added.
“I spent so many years being told how I should behave, how I should look and what I should like, but since embracing my true self I’ve never felt more positive and free."
Now size six Brittney turns heads wherever she goes but says that being transgender makes it difficult to find someone special.
Brittney was dating a boy for two years, but the relationship came to an end because her boyfriend’s family struggled to accept that she was transgender.
The striking teen, who is undecided about full gender re-assignment surgery, said: “I believe there is someone out there for everyone and I hope that I can find someone who will just love me as I am.
“I guess one thing I would like to say to other people who have been in my situation in the past is never give up, you are never alone.
“There is always a light at the end of the tunnel and just keep going through what you’re doing.
“It’s better to be hated for who you are than loved for who you aren’t.”
To learn more about Brittney’s journey visit her YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcKor6He5ZbTUYlvNntcEmw