Anderson is 26 and non-binary. They came out as queer to friends at the age of 13. They were engaged in a lot of activist communities as a teenager and were heavily involved with gender politics. Anderson says LGBT YouTubers were an important way of connecting with their queer identity, specifically queer black YouTubers.
Anderson is currently on the waiting list to be seen by the NHS Gender Identity Clinic (GIC) and it has been two years waiting time so far. Due to the impact on their mental health they have chosen to raise the funds for private top surgery through crowd funding.
They feel conflicted about the benefit hormone therapy would have on their life and sometimes find it difficult to separate what they are feeling about their body and other important factors in their life. Top surgery is the only thing they are certain about at the moment.
Anderson thinks it’s important for young people to have safe spaces to explore their gender identity, spaces to discuss it, to feel safe, to experiment, to try out clothes, to try out conversations, to try out names, to try out experiences Anderson values the time they spent with charity organizations as a young person. They say other people that told me that regardless of whether you;re a child or a young person you have rights, and you are a human being who has the right to a voice and the right to decide what happens for yourself
Anderson’s advice to health professionals is to Read about trans lives, read, if you;re interested even slightly in LGBT history or information go and find it, there is information out there They want to remind others that the trauma is real and that people go through a lot in order to get to the room of a doctor, and to knock on that door, to open that room door and sit down and speak to someone in that way