Eleanor Dewey Shares Trans Experience with Mormon Family
When Eleanor Dewey dropped out of Aurora’s Grandview High School her sophomore year, the decision was an easy one. As a young trans woman who felt no connection to her coursework, her peers and her teachers, she felt she had nowhere to go but away.
“It’s like, ‘How many times do I have I come out in my life?’” says Dewey, whose extended family is strict Mormon. Although her parents left the church when she was a toddler, both sides of Dewey’s family emigrated from Scotland to Utah generations ago to practice the faith. Today, Dewey’s Mormon grandmother gets along with her girlfriend. “Too many times to count. I’ve been out to myself since I was fourteen, but it’s important to me that in 2012, our members can do this however they want to.”
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Kelsey Whipple for Westword, 15 March 2012