By KATE MOORE @KIT_MOORE

A TRANSGENDER woman has reconnected with her ‘handsome jock’ high school crush after finishing her transitioning journey

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VIDEOGRAPHER / DIRECTOR: MARCUS COOPER

PRODUCER: KATE MOORE

EDITOR: JAMES THORNE

Victoria, 22, has been in a relationship with Chris, 23, for a year and a half after swiping right on

Tinder. However, they had met years before, having attended the same high school in Rhode Island, where Victoria was
relentlessly bullied. At the time she was transitioning from male to female, something that many of the town’s conservative
community would ridicule her for. Victoria told Truly: “I’d have kids spitting on me, throwing trash, telling me to go kill
myself.” Some of Chris’ friends would even be a part of bullying Victoria, a painful memory for him now. They attended in
different states, only reconnecting years later online when they had moved back to their hometown. Finding someone who
would accept her fully was important when looking for a partner. “When I was transitioning, I felt like nobody would ever
love me," she said. “[Chris] wasn't trying to forget that I was transgender, he was okay with that.” The couple now happily
live together and feel grateful for finding each other later in life. However, they still come up against prejudice for choosing
to be together. Unlike her high school years, now Victoria is able to ignore these trolls and has a partner to support
her. “People can go ahead and try to invalidate me, but nobody can validate me as a woman other than me," she said.
“We want a family one day, a normal, happy, wholesome life.”