As an African-American transgender woman, tolerance, respect and acceptance have been my quest for over 20 years. My initial coming out as a transgender woman left me friendless, jobless and eventually homeless. I was educated, with two degrees and years of work experience, but I could not find employment, simply because I was transgender and different. I was humiliated, bullied and attacked for no reason other than the fact that I looked different. The rejection and discrimination that most transgender people, especially transgender people of color, face are at epic levels in our society. The decision to transition from one sex to another takes a lot of inner courage and self-determination and can cost upwards of $20,000.