I grew up in Brooklyn — East Flatbush — it wasn’t easy. I felt like a target everywhere I went. Then you know, I was ... different. So you know, it was not easy living in that kind of environment at all. It got to a point where I was kind of afraid to come outside. I was always a very feminine person. Just my movements. Just the way I spoke. When I looked in the mirror, I would see a woman. In my mind, my mind was Tatiana, so I would call myself that. So, I was like, this is me — I mean, from four or five years old. I can remember. It was like, I didn’t feel there was anything wrong. It was so normal. This is who I am. To everyone else, I said, ‘You’re the problem.’ For the life of me, I could not wrap my head around the fact that nobody could accept that this is how I liked it to be.
— Brooke-Lynn