Courtney is a young nonbinary writer living in southern Virginia who prefers plural (they/their) pronouns. They are a passionate LGBTQ advocate and loves writing about their experiences living as a queer  battling mental illness. 

Courtney Keesee's Articles

The one person I thought I could trust, the one person I thought would accept me, turned her back on me.  Image: Thinkstock.

I Came Out As Trans To My Best Friend In Middle School — And She Rejected Me

When you have a best friend, you expect to be able to tell them anything and for them to love you unconditionally, without judgment. At least, that’s what I felt about my best friend in sixth grade.... Read...
Courtney Keesee    |   06.21.16 12am   |   SHARE
Gender dysphoria can lead to overwhelming major depression and anxiety. Image: Thinkstock.

When Gender Dysphoria Triggers Self-Harm

Trans people struggle with disproportionate levels of anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges. This is because we don’t identify with the genders we’ve been assigned based on what our... Read...
Courtney Keesee    |   06.9.16 12am   |   SHARE
I learned a lot from that man. Image: Thinkstock.

What My Single Dad Taught Me About Gender

People sometimes blame my dad for me being transgender. In their view, I guess, my father being a good dad is the reason I don't feel comfortable in my own skin and battle gender dysphoria. To my... Read...
Courtney Keesee    |   05.17.16 12am   |   SHARE
The signs are so clear to me now. Image: Thinkstock.

Suicidal Thoughts Aren't Always Loud And Aggressive. Sometimes, They're Deceptively Gentle.

The signs are so clear to me now. Yet a month ago, if you had told me I was drifting too close to that edge, I wouldn’t have believed you.
Courtney Keesee    |   04.29.16 12am   |   SHARE
We constantly are told it’s not that bad, even though all we have to do is scroll through Facebook to watch the numbers of homeless LGBTQ youth and trans deaths increase.

"Do I Pass?": Navigating Perfomances Of Genderfluid Identity

I always felt the reason I came out as genderqueer was so that I could finally feel like my body belonged to me — not some stranger. But no, my body still belongs to society. My body still has to... Read...
Courtney Keesee    |   04.4.16 12am   |   SHARE
Talking about gender needs to happen early on.

7 Things My Breakup Taught Me About Dating As A Nonbinary Trans Person

I’ve heard that you learn something new in every relationship you have in life, and I guess that’s true. But I actually learned more in my recent breakup with my ex of nearly a year than I did in the... Read...
Courtney Keesee    |   02.24.16 12am   |   SHARE