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My name is Autumn Reed, and I am a transgender activist, fitness enthusiast, writer, model, actress, musician, and software engineer. I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and I now live in Manhattan.

My story is an American story, and my views and beliefs are that of someone who fervently believes in the dream that this country stands for: that all people born unto this blue planet deserve the same opportunity as their peers; to prove themselves under the Sun; to define the content of their character, free from the unfair burdens of circumstance; to be loved and to love freely; to garner respect for the merit of their work; to die having lived fully, without regret or hate in their heart; and to rise above the horizon of one’s own self interests, so that our great nation might realize a more perfect vision of itself in the futures of its nascent youth.

In an age of pessimism, I choose to see the good through our flaws, and I hope my writing will inspire others to do the same. Certain is our failure divided, but limitless is our potential as one.