Melanie Wildenboer is a transgender teen living in Santa Teresa, New Mexico and prefers to be called Matt. Matt has become important and interesting to me because he was the first transgender person I’d ever met and educated me on what it meant to be transgender. He explained how caged he felt inside his own body and how he wishes for acceptance from his mother’s side of the family. Amongst it all, Matt has learned to channel his triumphs and defeats by drawing art that imitates how he’s feeling. Although many dark clouds pass above him, the sun finds its way to him to get him to smile.