Illustration by Jessica Garza

This is a part of a collection that details my real life experiences of child abuse in a dysfunctional family. From early childhood, I raised and brought myself up on my own on the wild city streets and in institutions, jails and violent all male adult prisons.

As a transgender girl with a timid, kind, loving and effiminate nature, I tried to make the best of a bad hand dealt to me since birth. I mostly bluffed my way through and somehow managed to reach a ripe old age the woman I am. 

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Jessica Garza

Jessica Garza is a writer and artist incarcerated in California.