T is for Transgender: Sabian Mignone 

Sabian Mignone is a female-to-male transgendered individual. He is the founder of Wando High School's Gay-Straight Alliance and is a member of We Are Family. Since he's on staff at the Tribal Tribune, Wando's student newspaper, we invited Sabian to pen his own essay.

I'm the transgender guy.

That's how people see me at first. A real live transgender person. That guy who was born a girl. What an interesting person.

I don't mind when people think those things. Curiosity is only natural. But I do mind when they stop there and identify me as the transgender guy and nothing but the transgender guy, because I am more than that.

People don't see that at first. They only see the label of transgender. But as I spend more time with people, as they get to know me better, the more that label fades into the background and becomes just one more part of all the things that define me. Because I'm not just the transgender guy.

I'm the quiet guy.

I'm the guy who doesn't get the joke for five minutes.

I'm the guy who knows random facts.

I'm the guy who thinks too hard.

I'm the guy who wants to stop injustice.

I'm the guy with strange music tastes.

I'm the guy with a sweet tooth.

I'm the guy who likes to write and act.

I'm the guy who likes campy TV shows.

I'm the guy who plays too many video games.

And yes, I'm the transgender guy.

But in the end, I'm not any one of those things. I'm a crazy patchwork quilt of all of them, and more.

I'm Sabe.

The Pride Issue 2012

  • L is for Lesbian: Melissa Moore

    Born and raised in Charleston, Melissa Moore is currently the executive director of We Are Family, an organization that provides resources to LGBTQQIAA youth aged 16-23. She has also held positions with S.C. Equality and the Alliance for Full Acceptance
  • G is for Gay: Rob Lewis

    Rob Lewis has served on the boards of a number of organizations, from the Carolina Bear Lodge to the local World Adult Kickball Association to his neighborhood association. He is the current president of Charleston Pride.
  • Q is for Queer: Gracie Aghapour

    Gracie Aghapour is one of the founders of Girls Rock Charleston, a week-long summer program whose mission is to empower girls and trans youth through music education, DIY media, and creative collaboration. Its second run takes place this week.
  • I is for Intersex: Kneena

    Kneena (last name withheld) came to the Lowcountry to attend the College of Charleston. They (Kneena prefers them/they pronouns) has been involved with the Really, Really Free Market, Girls Rock Camp, and We Are Family.
  • A is for Ally: Susan Cohen

    Susan Cohen is the editorial assistant at the Charleston City Paper. She conducted the interviews for this issue
  • What the modern terms for gender and sexual identity mean

    LGBTQQIAA
  • Charleston LGBTQQIAA Resources

    Clubs and organizations, including college organizations, and local bars
  • 2012 Charleston Pride Festival Schedule

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