“It’s kind of funny.
I’m like, ‘You’re gonna say something about me?
Are you serious?’
You can say anything you want about me.
You can call me a bitch, call me racist, you can call my skin tone ugly.
That’s not what I’m about.
I don’t care.
I just want to be treated fairly.”
The 18-year-old’s first experience with a trans woman was when she was 13.
“I was like, wow, this is really weird,” she said.
“This was like the first time I ever heard of trans people, or I’ve ever heard the word trans in a way that I was like ‘Wow, that’s so cool.'”
After getting her hormones, she went to an LGBT youth center to see a therapist who diagnosed her with gender dysphoria, a condition in which people identify as being neither male nor female.
But Bella couldn’t find a therapist that understood her.
“She just told me I was too young to really understand,” Bella recalled.
“That’s not a diagnosis, it’s a feeling.”
Bella’s mom, a psychologist who also has a Ph.
D. in clinical psychology, suggested she take a look into it.
“My mom was like this is a really weird thing that you’re saying, but you’re just being honest,” Bella said.
But the therapist wasn’t convinced.
“It was like my mom just told us, ‘It’s just something that happens,'” Bella said, adding that the therapist also questioned whether Bella could truly be trans.
“And I was confused because it was like she was just telling me something, but I don, I don´t understand,” she continued.
“But I was just like, she said, ‘Yeah, well, you have to go to therapy, because this is just something else.'”
The next time Bella heard the term trans, she was like “Oh my god.
That´s not something you should be telling people.”
After years of working through her dysphoria and going to a transgender center, Bella was finally diagnosed with gender identity disorder.
“So it was really hard to be honest with myself,” she explained.
“Because my mom told me this and I was so angry that I would not be able to live my life the way I wanted to.
But it was so good that I did.”
When Bella’s parents realized their daughter was transgender, they were not surprised.
“We didn’t think that was going to be a big deal,” Bella’s mother, Marla, said.
Bella was a year older than her mother, who had been diagnosed with a mental health condition.
“There were a lot of issues, but she wasn’t like the one that was always in the spotlight,” Bella explained.
But now, Bella has the support of her parents, who are “very supportive” of her and are trying to educate the public about gender identity and transgender issues.
Bella has since come out to her parents and friends.
“As I grew older, I had a lot more friends that weren’t transgender,” she added.
“They didn’t understand why I was going through all of this.”
Bella Thorson is an escort and sex worker in Las Vegas, California.
She’s also the author of the new book “Babylon Escorts: A Bitch in the City.”