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Amar Sotomayor, 44

“Butterflies are all about freedom. It took me three years to get to this point, of embracing my new name and my new gender. This tattoo reminds me every day that this a journey, and it was never supposed to be easy. Before coming out as transgender, I was officiating a gay wedding for friends in Puerto Rico, and they released all of these butterflies into the air. One of them landed on me and wouldn’t budge. I was like, ‘Honey, I’ve got to get back to work.’ But she was stuck to me. It felt like a message. I thought, OK, I get it, universe. It’s time to be free.”

“Butterflies are all about freedom. It took me three years to get to this point, of embracing my new name and my new gender. This tattoo reminds me every day that this a journey, and it was never supposed to be easy. Before coming out as transgender, I was officiating a gay wedding for friends in Puerto Rico, and they released all of these butterflies into the air. One of them landed on me and wouldn’t budge. I was like, ‘Honey, I’ve got to get back to work.’ But she was stuck to me. It felt like a message. I thought, OK, I get it, universe. It’s time to be free.”

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