Ander’s family doesn’t support him. They misgender him all the time but his friends step up as solace.
He was about 6 years old when he started questioning his identity but didn’t look into it more until he was 12.
Last year, Ander came out to his best friend over the chat app WhatsApp.
“She supported me and helped me,” he said. “I love her.”
Now at 16, Ander still cannot come out at home because of his homophobic mother. But he said to everyone that they don’t need to do so until they’re ready too.