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These figures are based on data in comparable countries, social media groups, and its own networks, although the organization estimates the number may be much higher.

In a 2015 survey of 2, 363 people, i SEE found that trans people face more discrimination than any other LGBTQ group, particularly in their workplaces, schools and with their families.

He says it was about that time he wanted to begin living as a man, something his parents struggled with accepting.

But first-time access to the internet in their new home exposed them to countless stories about people like Kendy all over the world.

The 27-year-old bodybuilder and personal trainer turns to his side, lifting his front heel, and flexes his calf muscles.

He inflates his chest and curls his arm, stretching the tree of life tattoo imprinted on his deltoid six months ago.

It’s one of the myriad changes to his image over the past decade, as he gradually aligns his body and his mind.

The name on his ID card, Nguyen Thi Trang, indicates he was designated a woman at birth. Blistering heat is vaporizing last night’s downpour on the streets of District 7, an upscale area southeast of the city center and popular with expats.Under the unforgiving lights of a gym so polished it looks barely used, Kendy rehearses the poses that he hopes will win him gold at Vietnam’s national bodybuilding competition in November.Simultaneously, the trans community has become more prominent, joining pride marches and fighting for recognition.Kendy has over five thousand Facebook followers who consume photo updates of his workouts, and ask him for exercise advice.“I feel confident about the competition,” Kendy says through a translator. If I meet a strong opponent, I may lose, but what matters is that I see myself as a winner.” Kendy claims the title of Vietnam’s first openly trans man bodybuilder.