A few days ago I had the opportunity to go to court with a young woman who had followed the correct process to have her gender permanently changed.
The judge was amazingly sweet, gentle, kind.
His proclamation - "This is one of my favorite things to do here at court - to make someone happy," was one of the most generous phrases I've heard in a courtroom.
When he said, "Please introduce me to those who are here with you today," I was sad that none of her family were there to support her, but I realize we all have our transitions - and their's must be tough.
But I was happy that I, two of my work colleagues, and two of her best friends were there.
And when he approved her request, I cried tears of happiness. This was right, for her, right now, right there.
I've seen her struggle these past two years; I've seen her stay true to her truth; I support her in pursuing what she needs to be her best self - regardless.
I am grateful I was able to sit beside her, calm her shaking hands, and then hug her with all of my being in congratulations.
Life is filled with transitions - aren't we all just walking each other through them?