“Growing up there was no one like me. No business leaders. No political or intellectual leaders. No one whose simple existence proved that someone like me could do it too, that my hard work would pay off. Now it’s 30 years later, and I’m a mom and a scientist and an entrepreneur, but in some ways very little has changed. There is not a single person like me in the c-suite or board of a Fortune 500 company, not in Congress, or in virtually any other leadership position in America. For any kid growing up “different” in this country — gay, black, female, or, like me, transgender — this unspoken message is pervasive and unavoidable: “Don’t bother.”’

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