While his closest friends and family “weren’t surprised” by his decision to transition, Elliot said he still felt “really grateful” for their love and support.
“So much is being said about this issue from people who aren’t experiencing in real time or who don’t know people who go through it, right?” he shared. “If you know a loved one, this news is probably as less of a surprise than those of us on the outside would expect it to be received.”
Instead of dwelling on the “overwhelming” parts of the last two years, Elliot is concentrating on the positive.
“What I want to focus on right now and has been so extraordinary is the degree of joy that I feel, the degree of presence that I feel,” he explained. “I feel a way that I really never thought possible for a long, long time.”
“A lot of the time, my life was just trying to move forward,” he admitted. “And so getting to embrace the experience as much as I get to now…I think it’s made me better in so many facets, as a person, as a friend, and [in] relationships.”
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