(Topeka, KA) – Carmen Johnson had a rather normal upbringing. She was born on September 4th, 1974, and adopted by Grace, and Gary Johnson in Topeka, Kansas shortly thereafter. The liberal couple soon learned that their son was indeed their daughter after she reached an age where she was able to express her preferred gender identity.
“We simply went with it. Although the name we had chosen for her as a baby was Carl, she quickly expressed interest in the name Carmen, and it just stuck. She’s been our Carmen ever since.” Carmen had a lot of support coming to terms with being transgender throughout her teenage years. “My family has been unbelievably supportive. I am very grateful to have been adopted by such an amazing, loving family. I know many trans-people are not so fortunate. I count my blessings every day.”