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Shaun shares with us his personal Westminster Story:

“It all started 13 years ago, when I moved to Rhode Island to attend Johnson & Wales University.

“I can remember sitting out on the benches in front of the Grace Church with some friends, and watching all the drag queens and gay folks coming and going from a local gay bar. I was amazed by them, because where I grew up, in a small town in Western Pennsylvania, you didn’t see too many out gay folks, let alone transgender folks or drag queens.

“If you were gay where I grew up, you certainly didn’t acknowledge those feelings. It was eight years before I came out myself as a Female-to-Male Transsexual. I am not ashamed of being born a woman, I don’t hide it from anyone, my past is very much a part of what made me who I am today.

“Westminster Street has also changed quite a bit since those days, when I lived in Bell Hall (now the Hotel Providence). It used to be a dark street that you probably didn’t want to walk up it alone late at night. Now, when I walk up the street, I am amazed by the transformation. I can only hope that Rhode Islanders appreciate what this street has to culturally offer.

“Westminster Street in Providence will always have a special place in my life. It is the place where I was first confronted with my destiny, my journey to truth and self-acceptance to become the man I am today.”

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