Dee-Vyne "Dee" Valentine, 11, waits for the school bus on the first day of middle school as a 6th grader with her mom, Christina May, left, in front of their home on August 18, 2014, in Lehigh Acres, Fla. Dee is a male to female transgender. This is the first year in school she will go by the name Dee-Vyne instead of her birth name, Dante.
Dee-Vyne "Dee" Valentine, 11, uses her mom’s cell phone to look at family photographs on August 28, 2014, in Lehigh Acres, Fla. "A long time ago, I was a boy," she said when passing a picture of herself before her transition.
Dee-Vyne "Dee" Valentine, 11, curtsies after being instructed to act as herself during a therapy session with other pre-teen transgenders, not pictured, and therapist Eva Smidova, right, at The Center of SWFL, a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community center, on October 4, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. This is the first year The Center of SWFL has a therapy group designed specifically for transgender pre-teens.
Dee-Vyne "Dee" Valentine, 12, poses for a portrait on March 9, 2015, at her home in Lehigh Acres, Fla, holding a school photograph taken of when she dressed as a boy in 2010. The picture would be taken the year before she started dressing as a girl. This year, Dee left her former name, Dante, behind and started the 6th grade in August of 2014 as who she wants to be, Dee-Vyne.
Dee-Vyne "Dee" Valentine, 11, holds her mom Christina Mays’ hand as she heads out to skate in front of their home on September 1, 2014, in Lehigh Acres, Fla. "What I want most for her and others like her is to never have to explain about them, who or what they are," Mays said. "They are just people like everyone else."
Dee-Vyne "Dee" Valentine, 11, inspects the cartoon princesses printed on the cover of a movie in the bedroom she shares with her two nephews on October 4, 2014, in Lehigh Acres, Fla. Dee’s was worried about her transition at first, but after reading statistics about suicide rates among transgender people, she decided to help her facilitate the process. The Youth Suicide Prevention Program quoted that more than 50 percent of transgender youth will have at least one suicide attempt by their 20th birthday.
Dee-Vyne "Dee" Valentine, back center, 11, watches on as Cheyenne, Helen and Kayla Jordan, left to right, help C.J. Jordan learn to walk during a Labor Day party at her home on September 1, 2014, in Lehigh Acres, Fla. Dee’s mom says that some family does not approve of the decision to allow her to transition into a female. "The ones that matter are here," she said.
After growing excited about the prospect of attending her cousin’s wedding in a bridesmaid dress, Dee-Vyne "Dee" Valentine, 11, is silenced by her step-dad Dwayne Mays, right, who pointed at her while telling her to “behave,” on October 18, 2014, in Lehigh Acres, Fla.
Dee-Vyne "Dee" Valentine, left, pulls weeds with her nephew Daymion Strother, right, outside their home on October 18, 2014, in Lehigh Acres, Fla. “Instead of doing boy stuff all day, I can do girl stuff with her,” Daymion said. “It’s kind of fun.”
Dee-Vyne "Dee" Valentine, left, plays a game of pool with her mom Christina Mays, right, at The Center of SWFL, a gay lesbian, bisexual and transgender community center where Dee goes to therapy sessions with other transgender pre-teens on October 4, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla.
Dee-Vyne "Dee" Valentine, 12, has her hair cut and straightened by Delta Lopez, left, and Yaniry Lopez, right, at Final Touch Hair Salon on March 3, 2015, in Lehigh Acres, Fla. Her mom, Christina Mays said it was time for the trim because, "it's been at least two years since we cut Dee's hair." As Dee was going through her male to female transition, she was allowing time to grow out her hair.
Dee-Vyne "Dee" Valentine blows out her birthday candles while surrounded by her family including her step-father Dwayne Mays, second right, on December 13, 2014, in Lehigh Acres, Fla. She was being urged to make a wish before blowing out the candles. “Every day, my wishes come true,” Dee said.
Dee-Vyne "Dee" Valentine, 11, plays in the backyard of her home on October 18, 2014, in Lehigh Acres, Fla. "Judge(s) should make rulings about letting me in the girls’ locker room and the girls’ bathroom because I'm a girl," Dee said.