November 18, 2016 6:47 pm

Transgender woman in ‘Down the Rabbyt Hole’ doc shares ‘universal’ story

WATCH ABOVE: A Lethbridge transgender woman is speaking out in a new documentary titled "Down the Rabbyt Hole." It's a small glimpse into the life of a woman who is not afraid to be true to herself and speak up for others. Erik Mikkelsen has her story.

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Lyndsay Labrecque is the subject of a new five-minute documentary titled Down the Rabbyt Hole, in which the transgender woman opens up about the challenges she faced on her road to self-realization.

“My younger years were definitely very conflicted,” Labrecque said in the documentary. “I was raised Christian at the time and I would pray to God to make me a woman.”

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Up until her early 20s, she didn’t know how to use words to explain who she really was. Suddenly, the flood gates opened when she learned the definition of transgender.

“My head was just melting for days and I just couldn’t stop thinking about it,” Labrecque said. “I just felt like my whole life had been figured out and that I could not only just do something, but I could feel comfortable knowing that other people are like that.”

The documentary is part of a video series called Human Impact Stories started by Chantelle Kolesnik at Deluxe Design Group in Calgary. She heard about Labrecque’s story and was drawn to share it with others.

“I think her story is universal,” Kolesnik said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re struggling with gender identity or identity issues or if you’re just simply struggling with insecurities within yourself.”

“I think Lyndsay’s story and what she had to go through and overcoming that and becoming comfortable with herself – is a powerful story that anyone can relate to.”

“I think that being true to yourself means not caring what anybody else thinks and doing what makes you feel happy and not apologizing for it,” Labrecque said in the short film.

Labrecque has found solace in her work as a DJ and in her new community of Lethbridge. She now aspires to be a beacon of hope for others in her situation.

“It’s important for people in the community to see successful, happy people who are a part of the community,” Labrecque said. “That’s something that I would’ve liked to have been able to look up to when I was going through all of this.

“I want to be that for somebody else.”

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