Drawing strength from people around her
“Most trans people need to be strong in character, because when the society doesn’t understand you, when the family don't accept you, you need to be strong in life.
“But maybe because I am anxious and have depression, I need someone, maybe every day, that hugs me very strong, and tells me, ‘Don't worry, everything will be okay’. Everything is not OK, but I feel good when the social worker, everyone that knows me, hugs me strong, rubs my arm, and says, ‘Don’t worry’.
“It’s the best thing in life, because we need love. We need people that understand what happened in your mind, that understand what you need.”
Planning the future
“I, like a woman, have a lot of dreams, that I want to achieve one day.
“I think I’m more clear in my mind since the people around me helped me to understand about sexual problems and transsexual communities, and LGBTIQ. I feel more safe now. I feel that I belong to one community, for the first time in my life: one community of the same people, same sexuality.
“A lot of Cuban trans want to go to Spain for the language—our mother language is Spanish. But I decided to stay in Greece. I’ve found a lot of Greek people that were very nice with me. I feel safer in Greece than in Cuba.
“I have studied a lot in my life. I am a person that likes communication, societies, to make friends, to help people. I want to go out. I want to feel free. I want to have a boyfriend—Greek, of course!”
Ed: Yuli was interviewed in English and her words have been lightly edited for clarity.
* Her chosen nickname