Some people spend their entire life discovering who they really are, and what they’re meant to do. Blake Hansen knew early on. The hardest part? Acceptance.

“We all know what skate culture was back then, you were either cool or gay, and I am really fucking gay.” Hansen explained. “I knew I wasn’t a bad person, but I couldn’t help but feel ostracised from my own friends and family and I couldn’t tell a soul.”

As a transgender racer, Blake Hansen’s road to personal and professional acceptance has been fraught with challenges, but she’s more committed than ever to be pushing for change. She hopes to be the role model for transgender athletes she never had.

“Knowing that’s the impact that I can have on people’s lives, how can I ever stop?” Hansen said.

Follow Blake Hansen on Instagram: @handsblakesen

Follow filmmaker Katie Bennett on Instagram: @katiebennett11

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