18-year-olds Jonas and Nicole Maines are twin brother and sister, but they were actually born identical twin boys. Nicole—formerly Wyatt—says she knew early on that she identified as a girl. She’s now transitioning with the help of reassignment surgery.
Her family eventually accepted her decision but others have not been so welcoming. A grandfather of one of Nicole’s classmates at the University of Maine challenged the school’s decision to let her use the girls’ restroom. The controversy lead to bullying and media attention.
She’s sharing her story in a new book, Becoming Nicole, and is hoping it will change the way others see transgender people.