Cabrera plans to go back to his past schools in Galt because there are no resources for LGBTQ+ folks, he said. There, he hopes to speak to students about different trans issues, identities and how to use pronouns.
Cabrera’s journey as a transgender man became even bumpier when he got to community college. There, he was outed for being transgender.
“I wish that I was able to come out officially on my own,” Cabrera said. “My grades sort of did suffer through community college, it was a real struggle.”
Cabrera said that he initially received backlash, but that it stopped when naysayers realized that he became happier after coming out.
Cabrera’s journey during the pandemic was just as difficult, especially as he began to physically transition, started testosterone and received top surgery. But Cabrera also finds his transitional journey special.
“It’s something that is special about my academic journey as well,” Cabrera said. “I’ve not only grown as a person, a student, but also the person that I am [today]. I’m so different compared to community college.”