Syrus Hall, a 17-year-old from Mobile, Ala., has heard it all before: "You'll grow out of it." "It's a phase." "You're just confused."
"It makes me mad," he says.
Hall is transgender and in the early stages of his transition; he gets weekly shots of a low dose of testosterone.
"I worked really hard to be able to transition," he says. "I dealt with bullying at school, and people being mean to me just because I exist. If I can deal with that, I know who I am. I'm not going to go back."