Susana and I were both at our local teenage hang-out spot, "Lifespot," to attend a punk rock show when a little thing called love happened. Fast forward 9 or 10 years and we are still at it! Something so magical happens when you fall in love at such a young age. At 14, our perception of love was still so pure and untouched by the persuasions of society. Our relationship has traveled through many realms over the years. We have gone from long-distance to living under the same roof, 14 to 24 & girlfriends to girlfriend and boyfriend. I like to think that all things are possible because I have the love and support of my companion... Which has truly given light as she has cheered me on and kept me pushing forward through my gender transition. We have a bond, cemented by love, trust and understanding that can withstand the pressures of time, distance, and change. And for that, I am unconditionally thankful for our meeting in that little suburban venue... emo haircuts, tight jeans & all.