August marks the beginning of a new school year. New pencils. New lessons. New teachers. But, for countless of us educators, the start of the school year represents another deeply personal journey: deciding whether to come out of the closet.

The TransOhio Transgender and Ally Symposium began as a single day event in 2008, attended by approximately 80 people. It has since grown to be a three-day conference with over 250 participants and 75+ workshops. Prizm asked one attendee to share her thoughts on the 2019 Symposium.