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Transgender Teens Get Emotional Speaking To Their Future Selves In This Powerful Video

"I hope you can look in the mirror and finally be happy with who you are."

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Mashable asked a group of transgender youths, aged 12 to 19, to send a message to themselves 10 years from now. Their honest and brave responses make for a video that is heartbreaking, yet hopeful.

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Nineteen-year-old Morgan, who has struggled with depression and anxiety for years, is looking ahead to all the changes to come.

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In an interview with Mashable, Morgan said, "I just started testosterone and am super excited. It’s all been happening very, very quickly for me in the best way. It’s a little overwhelming because I was so miserable and now I’m overjoyed about everything."

For 18-year-old Lucy, this was the first time her supportive parents had seen her "dress up."

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Lucy told Mashable, "My girlfriend, though, is super supportive and is like, 'I don’t care what you look like. If you have a good personality and a good heart that’s what I care for.'"

Zane, a 17-year-old Muslim, came out to his parents at age 15 after a suicide attempt.

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Zane said, "I’m still trying to get hormones but can’t start until I’m 18 since my parents have to consent to it, and they won’t. It’s really difficult. I definitely know they still love me, but there is this connection that we lost after I came out as trans. I’ve been researching LGBT homeless shelters on the side because I’m terrified that once I start hormones my parents are going to kick me out."

Twelve-year-old Charlie hopes that in the future, she will have a better relationship with her father. When she was in the third grade, he shaved her head and told her he didn't accept her.

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Although the situation is difficult right now, Charlie expresses a glimmer of hope for the future: "As for now, my dad is still wishy-washy. I don’t really see him anymore. I don’t have visitation with him so I don’t really know how that’s working right now. He texts me every once in a while. He’s coming around."

Nineteen-year-old Katherine was rejected by her family after coming out. She wonders if she will ever have a sense of acceptance for her true self.

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Katherine said that although she anticipated that her parents would not accept her, "It just came to the point where I couldn’t repress myself anymore, and the fear of being completely rejected outweighed the need to be myself."

Despite how anyone else feels, Morgan knows that self-love is key.

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"People still mistreat me. On the streets in the city people will stare at me and walk past me and continue to stare at me. I was waiting in line to get into a public pool, and I turned around and looked at a couple loudly arguing about if I was a boy or a girl. Me and my friends just ended up leaving."

Nineteen-year-old AJ tells his future self, "I hope you can look in the mirror and finally be happy with who you are, and have people who are happy with who you are too."

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AJ told Mashable, "I like how I look, I really do. It’s up to other people to change their perception of me rather than for me to change myself to fit what their perception is. I wear dresses sometimes, but that doesn’t make me less of a man. I definitely have a feminine side. I enjoy having my makeup done and can still look pretty and be a man."

Morgan's advice to his future self is truly a message for all.

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Read more about these and other young, brave individuals here, and watch the incredibly honest video here.

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