Hello my name is Miyuki. I am an international exchange student from Tokyo Japan. As I said in the first class, one of my best friends is a transgender boy. We’ve been friends for over 10 years. When he confessed that his body doesn’t match with the gender he identifies, everyone, even his parents left him and I was the only one stayed with him. I promised him to learn as many things as possible during this study abroad, and help him to have a happy life just like others do when I go back. In Japan, people tend to avoid discussions about the issues that trans people have. So I am afraid to say this but I don’t have enough knowledge about transgender identity, due to the fact that I could not have any opportunity to study about this topic. But I am always trying my best as an active listener. I’d very much appreciate your understanding.