Loved ones help Blade make change from man to woman
AS A young boy, Blade Mason was never into toy trucks or fake guns.
He would choose a Barbie doll over those any day.
The 20-year-old always knew he was gay but it was only two years ago he came to a realisation about his sexuality.
Blade hopes to undergo a procedure to become a woman one day.
Caitlyn Jenner, who played a starring role in Keeping up with the Kardashians, recently made the transition.
Although Blade came out to friends and family before Jenner's transition, her public story helped him to be more open.
"It helped me to know that I'm not the only one going through this, I'm not alone" he said.
"Her being as famous as she is and being able to do it so openly was a huge confidence boost for me. I can relate to someone.
"It makes me realise that it can be done and it's not as scary as I thought it was."
Blade said becoming a woman was something he had always thought about.
"It was never something I could put into words until recently," he said.
"I knew I was gay and I was fine with that, but there was something else.
"I'm a woman, but I'm trapped inside of a man's body and there's no other way to word it.
"I have always been into make-up and I love to do my hair, and I realised that when I was doing these things I was more myself than I ever was.
"When I dress like a woman I just feel so confident - it's amazing. It's one part of me that I'd like to share with everyone."
Blade didn't always have this confident mindset. Growing up was hard not only on himself, but on everyone around him.
"It took some time for parents to get used to it and to stop persuading me to do things I didn't have any interest in doing," he said.
"My friends weren't sure of how to approach it.
"People would always ask me what I am and they would use words like cross-dresser and tranny, and I wouldn't know how to answer them.
"I didn't know the answer, and why were these people so sure that they were who they were? It just wasn't fair."
Although Blade's family and friends are completely supportive of his decisions, his life hasn't always been easy.
"Of course I have copped abuse. I have even had bottles thrown at my head. People just weren't nice to me," he said.
Primary school was the hardest time of Blade's life.
"It was terrible - I was so young and felt so different to everyone else. I felt like I didn't belong anywhere," he said. "No one understood me, I didn't even understand me. I had no idea why I thought differently to everyone else.
"I remember playing in the sandpit and another boy came up behind me and pushed my face into the sand, all because he didn't understand why I played with the 'girl' toys.
"But now I just feel bad for those people. They just don't understand and it really doesn't affect them in any way how I choose to live my life."
Blade said high school had been the best time of his life.
"The people I met in high school were amazing. They helped me become the person I am today," he said.
"Thanks to them, I'm quite happy to be open about it now. There are times when I get nervous that people will judge me or say something rude.
"But I try to stay away from that mindset - it's not healthy.
"I've overcome the hardest parts - figuring out who am I, and I'm so blessed to have amazing friends and family to support me this whole time."
Blade said he looked up to transgender women like Gigi Gorgeous and Jenner.
"Life is so amazing when you can live it as the person you want to be. Just be honest with yourself," he said.
"What are you waiting for? It's going to be hard at first, but once you get past all the negatives, there's a whole world of positives out there."
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