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As lawmakers debate 'bathroom bill,' transgender woman speaks

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A trandgender woman named Autumn wanted to tell her story in light of the debate over the 'bathroom bill' in the Missouri legislature. Credit: KMOV A trandgender woman named Autumn wanted to tell her story in light of the debate over the 'bathroom bill' in the Missouri legislature. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A transgender woman reached out to News 4 in light of the debate going on in the Missouri legislature over the 'bathroom bill.'

A woman named Autumn, 21, reached out after News 4 conducted a Facebook poll on the bill. She said many comments on the poll were hateful and nasty. She asked that her last name not be used out of fear for her safety.

If the legislation passes, students at public schools will only be allowed to use restrooms or locker rooms that correspond with their biological sex, which the bill defines as the physical condition of being male or female or the sex on a person’s birth certificate.

Autumn says many people support the idea of the bathroom bill because they have never met anyone who is transgender.

Autumn told News 4 she was originally named Adam and was ridiculed and teased growing up.

“I remember coming home every day and crying,” she said. “I was actually very confused. I knew I liked boys, but didn’t feel it was in a homosexual way, if that makes any sense.”

At 14, Autumn began her transition from male to female. She wants everyone to know that transgender people shouldn’t be feared.

“It’s odd because since I started my transition, I’ve been using the female bathroom and nobody’s blinked an eye because I’m very passable, no one would recognize me as transgender,” Autumn said. “I mean if you look at me, I don’t look like I belong in a men’s bathroom.”

Many transgender children, 21, testified before Missouri lawmakers Tuesday. Some said they endured bullying and even contemplated suicide. Autumn knows what they are going through.

“Every day, I thought about killing myself because it is easier to take the easy way out and end it,” Autumn said.

Autumn added she is still worried someone will hate her for what she it.

“Every time I go on a date with a guy, I have to hope I don’t get killed when I tell them I’m transgender, and I hope I don’t get murdered,” Autumn said.

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