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Transgender man discusses his journey and the importance of Transgender Day of Visibility

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21)- One local transgender man says it took him a while to accept his transgender identity.

"I knew for the longest that I was a boy trapped in a girls body and I didn't want to continue life like that and being miserable," Lee Beineke said.

Beineke says it was a hard road, he says he even attempted suicide three times, most recently back in January. But now he's there for people going through the same struggles that he went trough. Helping them find their chosen families if they're own family isn't accpeting.

"Trans people are scared because they're scared of getting disowned and I want to tell them that there's family, there's brothers and sisters out there that will help them, I will help them," Beineke said.

He says it took some time but his family supports him. He's also surrounded by friends and his wife Jennifer who have helped him through his journey. He says finding safe spaces and people to talk to is important.

"It's nice to have that family because that's what everyone deserves because they love you for you and if you can't be you again what's the point you're living you're life as a lie," Beineke said.

Beineke is now taking testosterone or "T" to fully transition. He says it makes him feel more complete and like his true self.

"I'm happy with my results and I feel like once people start T they're gonna feel so much better because all that dysphoria that they have now will go away," Beineke said.

He says he's so glad he didn't take his own life, because now he's able to be a resource for many in the transgender community who need his help.

"I'm glad that I didn't succeed because I want people to hear my voice, I want people to listen to my story and I want to continue to help others out there," Beineke said.

If you are someone you know is struggling click here to find help.

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Arielle Cadet

Arielle Cadet joined WPTA in August 2019. The Atlanta, Georgia native graduated from the University of Missouri and serves as Weekend Anchor/MMJ for ABC21. Feel free to connect with her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or shoot her an email at

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