Alright, Jaimie Wilson is hot. Just looking at him you wouldn’t assume anything out of the ordinary. He’s just a handsome blonde scruffy guy with huge blue eyes. You’d gawk at him and assume you don’t stand a chance with such a hunk. This guy is the total package, right? Sure, but, Jaimie isn’t your typical guy.
Jaimie is a 21-year-old transgender man. He began his transition two years ago and the transformation was unbelievable. But, Jaimie knew he was a man since a very young age. However, his conservative upbringing kept him from showing his true self.
Jaimie grew up on a farm in Ann Arbor, MI, and had a very strict and religious family. He was the only daughter with three brothers. "I knew from an early age that I felt 'different' but growing up in a religious household I was sheltered — I didn't really know anything about being transgender," Jaimie told Cosmopolitan. "I just remember being as young as five and thinking I was going to grow up to be a guy."
By 15-year-old, Jaimie knew that he was a boy. At first, he came out to as a lesbian to his mother. His mother didn’t have such a problem with his sexual orientation, but rather with how he was dressing himself. He even used to hide men’s clothing under his women’s clothing in his drawers .
"My mom actually said to me 'I don't care if you like girls but why do you have to dress like a man?'" Jaimie said. "It really wasn't about my sexual orientation ... rather the way I wanted to present myself." Apparently, his parents had a real problem with him making his appearance more masculine, especially because he was such a pretty girl and for a long time adhered to that aesthetic.
Because of Jaimie’s feminine beauty, people were all the more shocked when he began transitioning. "Everyone in my town knew me as this beautiful country girl. When I started transitioning, people couldn't believe it ... they thought I was having a mental breakdown or something. People thought I was a freak,” Jaimie said.
In Feb. 2015, Jaimie cut his hair short, which proved to be too much for his family. His brothers and parents “made life so unbearable” that he no longer felt welcome at home. He moved out shortly after.
After life became too hostile at home, Jaimie moved out and went to live with an LGBT friend. "I was not welcome back home ... I was banned from going there because of what people might think," Jaimie said. "They have tried to come around [since] but at this time I don't have a relationship with my family."
The decision to begin his transition was not an easy one. Jaimie thought he would have to hide his true identity his entire life. “Honestly, it was extremely scary because I didn’t think I’d ever be able to transition,” Jaimie told UNILAD. “I thought it was something I would have to live with for the rest of my life. I didn’t tell anyone how I was feeling because I was afraid of losing everyone.”
But, Jaimie did transition. He began the process at 18-years-old when he found himself enjoying his own company more and more. He said he was “more excited to be alone that around anyone … When I was alone I was able to dress and look how I wanted to … I was me.”
When he began hormone treatment, he knew he was making the right decision. Now that Jaimie was more comfortable in his own skin, he wanted to share his transition with the world. “It was like living nineteen years of your life as someone else, and then getting this magical juice that makes you look, sound, and feel like who you always have envisioned in your head,” Jaime said
Once Jaimie felt comfortable in his skin and his decision to transition, he decided to document the process on Instagram. He shares lots of before and after pictures and has shown every step of his transition, from taking hormones to getting top surgery. He amassed a fan base of over 413,000 followers, and even one of his idols, Ruby Rose, liked and commented on a couple of his pictures.
Jaimie very easily passes as a biological male, and because of this he has gotten some unfair backlash from the trans community. “People say that I'm trying too hard to be like a cisgendered male," Jaimie said. As if he didn’t already get enough strife from his own family and friends, who have all abandoned him for the most part.
While Jaimie has had an outpouring of love and support from people all around the world, he can’t help to think about the family and friends he’s lost. “The hardest part of my transition has been losing my family. Growing up I was told that family will always accept and love one another for who they are. I had to face the facts that the things I was told growing up, and the love I was shown was false,” he said.
But, it was all worth it for Jaimie. In the end, he believes he shouldn’t have to hide who he really is to win the approval of his family. Even if you were raised the same as I was, don’t think that you need to spend your entire life trying to please your family,” he said. “Be you, and a true family will love and accept you for who you are. In the end I didn’t lose family. I lost people that share the same blood as me.”
Now Jaimie hopes to inspire other youths who are questioning their gender identity by letting them know it’s okay to be themselves.