My name is Stephanie Bri. I keep my last name to myself. I want to introduce myself so you can get to know me a little.
I am a complicated person. I am an almost middle-aged journalist and sometimes podcaster who loves writing and telling stories.
I didn’t have a childhood. As a transgender woman my childhood was a foggy haze some other person walking around in my body got to live. I share some of that person’s memories. I am finally free from those shackles and so here I am telling the world about the real me, the whole me.
I was born in southern Idaho. I spent most of my life in a car moving from one town to the next for no good reason other than my parents couldn’t get planted. That’s not to say they weren’t, or even aren’t good people, it only means I never stayed anywhere long enough to matter.
I dropped out of high school at the age of 16. I was a day dreamer by nature. Fantasizing about what it would be like to be a girl. I very much hated being born with the wrong physical attributes thus I avoided making connections that would strengthen those traits I despised.
I went back to school at 17 and dropped out again. The second time I got an apartment and a roommate. I stumbled from one dead end job to another wishing I had done something better with my life. One summer in the midst of the economic downturn I found myself living in a broken down van in my sisters backyard. Not quite an RV but I treated it as such. A low point in my life you could say. It was the kick in the pants I needed to get off my ass and make real sustainable changes in my life. I got enrolled in a university and began studying broadcast journalism. I instantly fell in love with everything about it.
After leaving college I found myself working part time at in an entry-level position at a local TV station in central Nebraska. I did that for a spell before moving to Texas where I landed my first full time gig as a journalist. I was a news reporter for a local small town community newspaper. I loved every minute of it and wouldn’t trade that experience for the world. It helped me really learn what the heart and soul of journalism was. I have since then been a reporter for a daily newspaper before finding myself working as a producer for an evening newscast at another local TV station.
Along the way I also learned I loved talking into the microphone. I tried my hand as a DJ first for weddings then radio. I eventually landed on podcast host. I produce a show called the Dark Web podcast once a week or so. It’s nothing special just a way for me to organize my thoughts on my days off.
I was raised baptist. I converted to Catholic. I am also a transgender woman. I have spent my whole life hiding from that. Today I try to live my life as the real me. I hope maybe I can inspire others. I also hope that I can do my part to make the world a better place. In the meantime checkout some of my articles, videos and listen to my podcast if you like.
They say life is a race. When I was in high school I ran the 800 meter run. I always finished last. Even in last place I always had someone running beside me cheering me on. Run the race at your own pace. We’re all heading towards the same finish line.