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Earlier this year, gender neutral bathrooms were quite the controversial topic. When Target openly announced that any transgender employees or customers were free to use whichever bathroom corresponds with their gender identity, conversation about the transgender community became more prevalent. But what does it mean to be transgender?

Transgender is defined as being a person who identifies with or expresses a gender identity that differs from the one which corresponds to the person’s biological sex. According to Gary Gates’s study at the Williams Institute, transgender individuals account for approximately .03% of the population in America. The National Transgender Discrimination Survey revealed that over 40% of those that identify have attempted suicide due to harassment and bullying — a staggering statistic for a small community.

DIME sat down with Dillon King to discuss what it’s really like to be transgender in today’s society. Biologically born female, Dillon grew up in South Louisiana and started transitioning at the age of 25. He currently lives in New Orleans with his wife Missy where he is a personal trainer and hair stylist.

From Alicia Keys’ bold move to live life makeupless, to Meghan Trainor’s statement against the photoshoppers who slimmed down her waist, women everywhere are stepping out of the shadows to challenge our current culture’s idea of beauty. Teens, twenties, thirties and beyond; models, moms to the average gal are striving to educate women on altered images, as they unapologetically embrace their “own brand of beautiful.”