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Attendees Comments

Thank you for sharing your story so generously and genuinely. In offering a glimpse into the darkest and most liberating chapters of your life you have galvanised me to continue to fight to make this world a kinder, more understanding, and more equal place. The first thing I did after your talk was come home and tell my flatmates about your story. Just like me, they could not believe the structural and social barriers that you have had to face. Even my poor rendition moved them greatly! Your “butterfly effect” is already spreading its wings. As a women and children’s rights activist and someone beginning their filmmaking career, I promise to continue it in my life and future work. Seeing your resilience and resistance makes me damn proud to be a woman! Your passion, courage and warmth are contagious, and I wish you and your sons every success and happiness.

Sophie Maskell
MSt in Women’s Studies, University of Oxford

I was lucky enough to attend Jessica's amazing talk at Stanford Law School. Her story is truly incredible, and she left no stone unturned as she worked through her life story, conveying her struggles and triumphs along the way. She also was incredibly open and approachable, making it clear from the start that educating the audience was her primary goal and that everyone should feel comfortable asking her any questions they might have. No question was a bad one, to Jessica. It's clear that she strives to educate in whatever way possible, and that her mission is to keep learning and teaching others. I loved it, and I hope we cross paths again.

Caiti

Stanford Law School

My name is Ellie and I was one of the many students to hear your speech at UCCS in Morgen's Sociology class!

I just wanted to email you and let you know how much your story moved me personally, and allowed me to open myself up to a whole other side to the transgender community. 

I grew up in Columbus, Ohio, in a very conservative, Trump-supporting town and though I have never been against or discriminated against the LGBTQ community, I have never been exposed to it living in my small suburb, so I haven't gotten the chance to even think about it and have insight within their struggles. 

Your story allowed me to 100% sympathize for the LGBTQ and fully understand and accept that we are all just human, and we can do however we please with our bodies, with our attractions, with our sexuality, and more. After hearing the struggles you have gone through, just to see your children which you have provided everything for, I actually wanted to look more into the rights that are often taken away from people for these things- and I was shocked. Realizing that these discriminations are taking place around our country to millions of human beings was a big wake up call for me and made me realize the steps of awareness that would be beneficial to myself as well, as I can be a part of the changes that need to be made in our country. 

Seeing people of this population around our campus has made me want to reach out to them, listen to their stories, and be an outlet of help for them when they're going through struggles of their own. I have looked into the big LGBT parade that occurs every year in Columbus and will be attending next year and will be apart of with the place that I work, along with helping plan and decorate the float we will have. 

I think that by you going to schools all over the country, and even the world, will help bring the awareness that is necessary for our generation, opening another world of insight to the students. I only hope you continue to advocate as you do, and share your personal story with humor and by making everyone around you comfortable, as I want other students to become as moved by this current event as I am. 

Make them realize what needs to change.

Thank you

Ellie

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Hearing and meeting Jessica Lynn was nothing short of an amazing experience. I had no idea what to expect when I first saw her. The way she told her story was truly mind blowing, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, and she actually brought tears to my eyes. She is someone to look up to and I now think about her when ever I am feeling down and feel like giving up. I like to think and say sometimes, "my life sucks" and feel sorry myself. After hearing her story, and everything she has been through and still going through, I stop and think,  my life isn't that bad. She has lost so many people so dear and close to her heart, that I can't even begin to fathom how lucky I really am. The fact that she has faced so many heart breaking and challenging obstacles her whole entire life, is beyond admirable. I think it was absolutely brilliant to have her come talk to our classroom. People everywhere  need to know and understand that "transgenders" aren't "freaks" or "creeps", they are normal people just like us that have had a way harder time dealing with gender identity and conforming to societal norms. I am so happy to have met and heard Jessica Lynn speak. She was hilarious, and a free spirit, and no matter what challenges she will face I believe she will overcome them. The amount of strength she has had her whole life astounds me. I pray that she will reconnect with her son, Curtis. The whole story was very heartbreaking, and I could feel and hear her pain. Thank you for bringing her to speak in our classroom. 

Student

Texas State University

Hi Jessica

I was sat on the front row at a talk you did this morning and I just wanted to say thank you for telling your story.  Your story is both heart breaking and inspiring!  I can only imagine how many lives you must have changed throughout your journey!  I certainly will take a lot of what I’ve learnt from you today into my everyday life and am very thankful that my little girl gets to grow up in a world where people like you exist to help the world become a more accepting and loving place!

 I would have told you today but I would have started blubbing for sure so went in for a hug instead!

So thank you again I feel privileged to have met you today!

Nikki

University of Warwick, UK

I was a nurse in the audience today in Cheshire. What an inspirational person you are and what I’ve gained from hearing your story today has empowered me to be more open and aware of the difficulties and prejudices that you and others have had to endure in your journeys. I will take your story with me to others to help start conversations and an openness and greater awareness for all NHS staff. You are amazing

Emma

NHS Cheshire, UK

Jessica, you are nothing less than an absolute inspiration to all young people. You spoke with such honesty and passion to our students; many have already commented on how shocked they were at your treatment but also how brave you have been.
From a teacher's perspective your story is one that reflects the bigotry that has existed in the past and which, unfortunately, still prevents us all from living in a world of equality, tolerance and understanding.
By sharing your experiences and educating those whose minds have not yet fully opened, you are truly making a monumental difference. You thoroughly deserve the respect of all of us.
Thank you Jessica and thank you Stonewall for all your efforts in making our society a much happier and safer place to live.

Elizabeth

The Maplesden Noakes School

Kent, England

For one lecture we had a transgender woman as our guest speaker, and the experience was eye-opening. I walked out of class that day thinking to myself- this is why I came to college. I have always supported people's right to the lifestyle they wish to live, but until that class I hadn't seen the personal testimony of what that looks like right in front of you. 

She was a phenomenal speaker and I hope all future classes have the pleasure of getting to hear her speak and tell her story. 

Student

Texas State University 

Jessica came to speak at Yale Law School for an event sponsored by our LGBTQ students organization OutLaws. Even before the November 2016 presidential election, I had found myself questioning what I can do with my law degree. Jessica's story helped immensely in not only grounding me in the realities of trans and queer rights in the United States, but also the threats and ignorance these rights face around the world. I was lucky enough to meet Jessica twice in one week during her time in New Haven, CT. Our candid conversations left me amazed at her strength and sharp sense of purpose. An example, Jessica's insightful answer to a law professor's direct question, "What can we do now?" -- educate one other. That is exactly what Jessica did for me, and for many of fellow students here at Yale. I am inspired by her work and her message. The most important tools we readily have are to embrace individual experiences and raise awareness.

Thank you, Jessica! Please visit Yale again soon!

Hayden

Yale Law School

Jessica is a really inspiring public speaker – she is both passionate and challenges you to think. Her story is very personal, honest and moving. Through her telling of injustices as well as successfully transitioning, she connects with her audience powerfully. I’m so glad that I saw Jessica speak – I felt really fired up about transgender issues afterwards and feel we all have a responsibility to challenge discrimination. I wish her every success in re-connecting with her youngest son

Dr Melissa Stepney

Qualitative Researcher, Health Experiences Research Group

University of Oxford

Hello Jessica,

This is Charlie from Harvard Law School. Thank you again for coming to speak with us. Your story was incredible and you delivered it so well. I thought it was particularly powerful how your personal journey and discovery of yourself was tied your family. I really liked how you presented the balance and struggle between personal needs and family needs. The use of photos and the timing of them with your story was also very effective and illustrated many points of your story with a visual element. Keep doing what you are doing.

As I mentioned after the talk, I think it would be very helpful to connect with Family Law professors and classes at law schools you visit. Your story touches on so many aspects of Family Law, and you present the issues from a trans perspective, to which many students may never exposure in a typical Family Law class.

Thank you again for speaking. 

Charlie

Harvard Law School

I am Chandan from National Law University Delhi. I attended the lecture that you gave in my University.This was the first time I listened and understood the issue from this perspective. I have read and know how the people from LGBT group are looked and judged in India and across the world but listening and understanding it from you was a great and enlightening experience for me. I also appreciate the way you opened yourself to us and talked freely about your life and your sufferings.I am from the lowest caste of the Hindu religion and I know how people are stereotyped. I respect the job you are doing of sensitising people about the problems and biasness that this community faces. I am sure that your and other people efforts will help the community to grow and fight for their rights. Hope that every individual gets substantive rights in future.

Thank you

Chandan

National Law University Delhi, India

Dear Jessica,

I was present for your talk given at the WBNUJS, Kolkata campus on September 14th, 2017. I wanted to let you know that as a student of law and social sciences, I found the story of your experiences extremely informative and engaging. The injustices perpetrated against you inspires me to take up the cause of LGBT rights with renewed enthusiasm! You are doing a great job at creating awareness, please keep gong since many more people need to hear your stories.

Unnati​

2nd​Year, B.A. LL.B.(Hons.)

The WB National University of Juridical Sciences,

Kolkata, India

Good evening,

I wanted to say that I really enjoyed your presentation today. I think it was nice to hear you speak from the heart about some of the personal and systemic struggles you have experienced as a Transgender individual. Often this is a narrative that is silenced or belittled in the public sphere, and I know the importance of changing the discussion from a taboo topic to a more understanding conversation, in order to evoke the change needed to make the world a safer and happier place for those who identify as Transgender. Personally, I have a few friends and a family member who have come out as Trans. Until college, I did not have much understanding of the topic, and mainstream discussion of it made me unsure how to approach the issue without being labelled for defying what everyone else believed. Since meeting and hearing the stories of Trans individuals, I have become much more comfortable and open to people being who they want and need to be. I feel your story has only encouraged my want to make this world a better place for others who have struggled as you have. In my undergrad, I did some research on safe space for LGBTQ2+ individuals in my community, and learned a lot about the systemic barriers that a lot of these individuals face. My goal in educating myself is to help make this world better and more accessible to those who face these barriers. I hope it's okay that I pass on your information to some of my undergrad professors, I feel your story would be well-received in the program, and would help other students understand that Trans people are people too, and that everyone is deserving of being treated fairly and justly and for being themselves rather than a single label or identifier. I want to be able to use my privileges as a cis woman to help my fellow humans be treated as that, human. I wish you the best in your future endeavours, and feel you have made a very big impact on me. Continue to spread your message, it is truly inspiring.

Cassandra 

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

To open with the guest speaker Jessica Lynn I must say that her story was truly amazing and an eye opener. Her story was powerful and had so much meaning behind it that right after class I went on to tell my friends and family about her story. She came in with so much passion about what it meant for her to be transgender and how there are so many others who are scared to speak up because they are afraid they will be humiliated or not accepted by those who mean the most to them. Jessica helped me to gain so much knowledge, especially when she went on to talk about how African Americans are the ones who are frequently killed due to being transgender. I did not know that African Americans are having to suffer from racism and being their true selves whether it be transgender, bisexual, or etc. Jessica Lynn helped me to understand that it is okay to be true to yourself whether you have the acceptance from others or not. Like why put yourself through so much trouble and pain trying to be someone you are not when you can be yourself and love yourself for who you are. She also taught me to fight for what I love no matter how much it will cost you in the long run because in the end you will be surrounded by those who love you and light up the room when they walk in. For example, when she was fighting for custody of her children she never gave up no matter how much stress it put her through or money it cost she was determined to get her children and live the life she has always wanted. If I had to describe Jessica Lynn in three words I would say she is brave, ambitious, and persistent. . . . Jessica's story was truly one that needed to heard and shared. 

Student

Texas State University

Jessica,
I just wanted to send you a quick email thanking you for the amazing talk you gave today. I am a student at KU and was in the Sociology class that you came in and spoke to this morning. Your message was truly eye opening and amazing. Not only do I have the upmost respect for you and your story but I am so grateful that I got the opportunity to hear you speak. You were an incredibly engaging speaker and I learned a lot from you today in class.
The world needs more individuals like you, speaking out and shedding light on topics that many are afraid to address openly, honestly, and publicly. It was truly amazing to hear your story and so eye opening for me. I cannot thank you enough for coming into class today. I hope you know how much I appreciate you taking the time to do that today and how much of an impact your honesty and openness made on me. You gave me a better understanding of all people and made me a more understanding and aware person this morning.
I hope to get to hear you speak again sometime in the future!
A million thanks

Caroline

University of Kansas

I had the privilege of meeting and listening to Jessica Lynn's story when she came to speak at NUIG during my semester of graduate work in Ireland.  Jessica gives a firsthand account of the transgender experience, not using charts or graphs or statistics, but rather using the power of storytelling.  She was honest and real and funny, which I think can be a welcome breath of fresh air, especially in an academic setting.  She reminds us that no matter the differences between us, we are all human and have shared connection through our hopes and our fears, our trials and our tribulations.  I would highly recommend hosting Jessica to promote awareness on transgender issues.  You will not regret it.

Alanna Scully

National University of Ireland, Galway

Dear Jessica,

My name is Roisin and I attended your talk at the University of Bristol yesterday evening. I want to thank you for giving an amazing talk. I'm cis-gendered and you really opened my eyes to some of the injustices transgender people face, but I also loved your focus on not being a spokesperson for all transgender people. A lot of reports in the media on minority communities paint all members of the community to be the same, so it was refreshing to hear you talk as an individual. I wish you all the best in your campaigning and I hope you find your son.

Thank you again,

Roisin

University of Bristol

Dear Jessica,
I listened to your presentation today at Universitat de Barcelona, Faculty of Geography and History, at our  class of Olga Jubany's course Gender and Identity. I thank you for a really inspiring and eye-opening story that you shared with us!
I wanted to say that I find you as an extremely brave person to speak out loud your story and share your personal life story just the way it is to so many strangers like us.  That to me was the most startling thing about your presentation today: just to hear a story like yours and meet you in person and in that way to realize, that this is something that is actually happening in our societies and right now. So many things need to change in our common way of thinking and we need to make it happen. You really are doing a work that matters. I wish you the best of luck in future!

Thank you once more about a memorable presentation today!

Rebekka

Universitat de Barcelona

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. I wish I could literally force people who are apprehensive to supporting the trans community to see you speak. You are a compelling speaker. I'm so grateful you shared your story

with us.

Student

Chapman University, CA

Jessica's talk was the most raw and moving talk I have ever experienced. I'm so grateful that I had the privilege to listen to her story. She was so amazing and I think the best speaker we have had so far.

Student 

UC San Diego

Hi Jessica,

I attended your speech last Tuesday at UCCS and it totally changed the way I look at things. Before I heard your story, I really didn't understand why anyone would want to change their sex. I always thought that transgenders just decided they wanted to be another sex. I never realized everything you went through. 

To be honest, I really did not want to attend your speech because I just assumed that every transgender journey is the same. But I am so happy that I did because I thought your story was amazing and I have a whole new respect for transgenders. After your speech I just felt good, I am not sure why but I was just happy. I went home and told my mom and my little sister your entire story and I kept telling my mom that if you ever come to UCCS again we were going to go listen to your story again. 

After hearing your story I truly do believe you were meant to make a difference in this world and I do believe that you're doing that and I have so much respect you. Your speech gave me a better understanding and it gave me hope, so thank you.

Megan

​University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Hi Jessica,

I came into the session thinking it would be a good experience, to have my Sunday well spent and to contribute to a social cause but little did I know that I'd come out as a different person altogether! It was you and your buddies doing the actual "contribution". Your journey, no doubt was something one can't imagine even in his worst nightmares (I teared up multiple times) but what actually differentiates it, is the way you've dealt with things. The fight that you have put up in the past, the one that you still pursue now (for a greater cause) is commendable. And here we are...worrying about tests and exams and assuming that we are into "depression"! :)

Something within me tells me that your voice, will definitely be heard, ONE FINE DAY! What we, as a society do, to make that day come soon, is the question. Even with an increase in the number of "social workers", people who volunteer etc., transgender issues are one of the lesser known social causes. There is so much depth, so much NEED in that aspect. In fact, there is so much that could be done!! and done easily if people are aware and they collaborate. The world could be a beautiful place!  As a responsible student of this renowned business school, I promise to contribute enough if not more, to make my future organization Transgender-friendly, in the truest of its sense! I promise to continue talking about your story, talking about the bigger issue and spread awareness to the extent possible. Thanks a ton for coming on campus. Eagerly looking forward to your film "The Birth Defect". Wish you all the success in the world and hope to see you soon. Cheers! :)

Sonika

IIM Calcutta, India

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us at the University of Pennsylvania. Your words are truly inspiring and your honesty and candor is uniquely refreshing. Your words have opened my mind to so many things that I intend to share with others and the world. Your willingness to share such a poignant and special story is so powerful and you should know that your work as an advocate for a marginalized community is truly making a difference. Thank you so much for providing me with the opportunity to hear your story.

Sabrina

University of Pennsylvania

Thank you so much for your very honest and open account of the consequences that a closed-minded transphobic society can have to a trans person's personal life (in your case the USA). It was very eye-opening and makes the trans experience very personal. We would love to welcome you back at SIT Amsterdam in the future!

Sabine

SIT, Amsterdam

Jessica gave an exceptional presentation at Yale Law School. She is one of the rare individuals who can turn tragedy into motivation, using her story to educate others. I think a lot of people--myself included--walked away from her talk feeling determined to make the law a better and more supportive system for the trans community. Jessica was a captivating speaker and faced the audience with warmth and generosity. I hope to see her again and would recommend her presentation to anyone who has the opportunity to see it. Thanks Jessica!

Elise Wander

Yale Law School

This was such an amazing experience for me to hear Jessica's story. She is one of the most engaging speakers and thoughtful human beings I have ever met.

Jillian 

Penn State

Dear Jessica,

Thank you again so much for attending the Stanford Outlaw Conference this past Friday. Your voice on the panels was truly invaluable, and I was truly moved by your presentation about the struggles you've faced in trying to be true to yourself.

Thank you again so much for your participation!

Heather 

Stanford Law School

Jessica,

Thank you so much for your talk today at Harvard Law. I was so inspired by your story. I'm so sorry for everything that's happened to you. My professional goal is to be judge, and stories like this further my drive to get on the bench so I can make just and fair decisions instead of some of the inexcusable decisions I see being made all the time from the current bench. 

I have no constructive criticism for your presentation; it was amazing. All I ask is that you keep making presentations like this to as many law students as you can! I've already told so many of my friends your story in the past hour.

Thanks again and good luck on your journey.

Cate

Harvard Law School

Hi Jessica,

I just wanted to reach out and thank you for your talk at Penn Law today. Your talk was compelling and informative, touching on one of the most important civil rights issues facing our country today. The room listened with rapt attention as you told your moving and emotional story. As law students, we often get caught up in our studies and lose sight of the real consequences our future profession has on everyday people, be they cis, trans, gay or straight. You reminded me of why I came to law school – to help individuals and families who are affected by a flawed legal system every day. Thank you.

As a side note- I will definitely get in touch with my Texas friends who work in Texas politics. I agree with you that education is key to progress, and I think your story has the potential to change many hearts.

I look forward inviting you back to Penn next year! Until then – good luck and safe travels.​

Andrew

University of Pennsylvania Law School

I had the privilege of hearing Miss Lynn speak at MSU in the spring semester of 2016, and I must say, I am thoroughly impressed. I love that she is not stuffy, does not talk over students' heads, nor is she hard to relate to like many academic speakers. She is someone that our students can really understand and connect with on a very human level. I think that connection is very important - even more important in some ways than pure education from a knowledgeable academic. I think her style of speech is particularly useful for students here in the South who may tend to shutdown when academic jargon is presented, especially about a topic that is considered controversial in the South. I am SO excited to hear her speak again in the fall semester of 2016!

Melanie

Mississippi State University​

Alternately heartbreaking and funny, Jessica's talk was extremely informative and moving. She was very frank about her experiences and addressed all questions with wit and grace. I now have a better understanding of some of the personal and social struggles that many people in the trans community deal with on a daily basis. Thanks again, Jessica, for taking the time to share your story with my class and I hope that you are able to reunite with your son.

Josh Baker

Rutgers Law School

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us on Friday, March 10, 2017. This is the first exposure that I've had to a story from the transgender community on parenting and the legal battles that can arise from it - not only was it insightful, but I felt such a rollercoaster of emotions throughout your telling of the story (which was great; you're a great storyteller). I felt that pain and anguish when you wove your feelings of your early years, relief when you met someone who supported and loved you during a time many did not feel you were worthy of it, and it continued on - love when you found love, disgust when you were met with discrimination, disbelief when hearing the verdicts, and so much more.

Thank you for enlightening me with this new shade of grey that I do not feel I would have known otherwise. The lecture was one of the most interesting that I have attended, and I definitely will be watching your movie!

Kelly 

UC San Diego

I've been a member of my university's LGBT+ and Ally organization since the start of my freshman year which closed the academic year with six members. Four years later I am the president of this organization with membership approaching 50 active students. In my time with this organization I have witnessed countless guest speakers during our meetings, but none quite as powerful as Ms. Jessica Lynn. I have never witnessed a quest speaker captivate this organization's membership in such a manner. The story that she brings to life makes the fight for transgender rights relevant to everyone, regardless of "the shade of grey" that they identify with. Truly a revolutionary and eye opening experience, a real pleasure.

Nick Saloom

University of Louisiana, Lafayette 

Hi Jessica,

I was at the talk you held at IIIT-Hyderabad. I've known about transgenders for a while, but meeting you was an awesome experience for many reasons - you showed me that truths about your life that the world refuses to accept, and continued to be the best person you could regardless. You refused to let the world crush you despite how hard it tried to bring you to knees and chain you.

After your talk, I've been thinking a lot, both about your story, and the challenges that - for all I know - are being faced by the people closest to me. Having spent a long time questioning myself over my apparent lack of attraction to others and thinking I wasn't normal, I have an inkling of what it's like to not understand who you are. I know it's not easy to spend all your time wondering what it would be like to be "normal" - and what I would do to know just once what it feels like to belong. What I still sometimes struggled with, however, is nothing compared to what you were forced to go through.

I wanted you to know that I think you're amazing. You're a beautiful person who makes everyone who meets you fall in love with your effusive, honest personality and the integrity of your character. You are a miracle for still being so cheerful and forgiving, and for being able to change those touched by your presence into people who can better the world for all.

I loved hearing your story, and meeting you was probably one of the highlights of my life. I feel proud to say that I was able to connect with you, and I hope that the understanding and acceptance of a single person like me can make a difference to your life.

Shelly

IIIT-Hyderabad, India

I'm a student at NALSAR and was present at the talk you gave in the evening today. Your talk today has made me think about notions of gender which if unaddressed can potentially cause great harm and for making me aware of the gravity of the same by sharing your journey, I would like to sincerely thank you.

However I must confess that my knowledge about gender dysphoria remains abysmally low. Your experience has given me the exposure I needed to understand about gender and I once again thank you for providing that beginning.

Dheeraj

NALSAR , India

Jessica came to speak in my law class today, and I found her story to be enlightening, informative, and extremely moving all at once. She has lived a life very few people, if anyone, can fully understand, and has clearly had more life experience in her 52 years than most people have in a lifetime. Her story really brought light to how ridiculous the legal system can be. She is performing a great service by going around the country and telling people about her experiences. I am thrilled to hear that there will be a movie made about her story, because the more people who know about this the better. I wish Jessica nothing but the best in the future.

Michael

Rutgers Law School

I attended Jessica's speech at CU Denver recently and it was honestly one of the most compelling, eye-opening and heartfelt talks I've ever heard. Jessica's raw humor, brash honesty and downright sincerity make her a wonderful speaker that engages her audience from start to finish. Her story of the struggle to be accepted as female by society and be a good parent to her kids is heart-breaking, emotional, and devastating. Its enough to make even the most passive person want to take up arms in the fight for trans rights. If you want your students to understand the struggles of trans people, I believe that Jessica is an excellent person to educate them.

Sid Nelson

University of Colorado, Denver

Jessica's story is one of the most inspiring I've ever heard. She really knows how to establish a genuine, heart-felt connection with her audience, even with those who may have never met a trans person in their lives. As a gay man working to promote equality on the University of Georgia's campus, her talk fired me up to work harder than ever before to make sure the "T" in LGBT is never overlooked. From changing hearts and minds to repealing transphobic laws and policies, Jessica's story demonstrates that there is something that each and every one of us can do for the benefit of the trans community. I highly encourage everyone who has the opportunity to hear it to do so and bring as many friends as possible.

Dustin Sammons

University of Georgia

Dear Ms. Lynn,
Your story is enthralling and inspirational, and I am so thankful you shared it with my Sexuality, Gender Identity and the Law class today. I hope you continue to educate people all over the world and spread your beautiful message about the “Butterfly Effect,” because it resonated with me on a profoundly deep level. Your story highlights a shortcoming of the US judicial system; namely, the abhorrent discrimination that still exists within it. I hope, as a future attorney, that I will represent honest, hardworking, and compassionate individuals like you and obtain more fair outcomes. Thank you again.

Lindsay
Rutgers Law School

She is truly incredible. I have never heard such a compelling story about this journey. Her strength is inspiring!

Student

Chapman University

An amazing speaker, she was one of the most inspiring people I've ever heard talk. I have always been an ally to the transgender community but she opened my eyes even more and gave me even more respect for the transgender community. Her story is SO AMAZING!! So honored I got to hear her talk today.

Student 

Chapman University

Honestly, this story was heartbreaking and astounding. It was really eye opening that stuff like your situation happens in this world. We are all blinded and we only see what social media presents but we never get the truth. I am so happy that I stayed and got to hear your story. 
Your free spirit and energy really moves the story more. I really do believe that everyone should hear story. This is really good education for the general public. 
Thank you for getting personal and sharing. I'm sure there are many people battling a similar situation like you and it might help them to hear you.

Soseh

Cal State University, Northridge

Hi Jessica,
I had the pleasure of listening to you speak this morning at KU for my sociology class. I absolutely loved hearing your story. It was funny, intriguing, heartbreaking, and just about every other emotion in-between. I can't even begin imagine how hard everything has been over the years, yet you still keep moving forward trying to spread equality for all.  Thank you for doing everything you do for equality.

Andrew

University of Kansas

I heard Jessica speak today at Cal State La and she was amazing. A wonderful example of a strong woman and incredibly nice too. She gave a beautiful and compelling talk about her journey as a transgender woman and the loss of her youngest child because of an intolerant and prejudicial legal system. I will do my best to share with others how inspiring she was and is and how we can all help in changing our world by changing our attitudes.
Thank you Jessica!

Megan

Cal State Los Angeles

Ms. Lynn, 
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to speak at the University of Northern Colorado. It was such a pleasure to meet such a charismatic, intelligent, and overall wonderful person as yourself. While watching your guest lecture I was made aware of your journey. It was an honor to watch your humble demeanor, as most would never dream about the tribulation you have encountered. Your story is a true inspiration and I am very thankful for meeting you and being in your presence. I look forward to attending a future lecture and sharing your story.

Ainsley Oates

University of Northern Colorado

Dear Jessica-lynn,
All I can say is, wow! The depth and power of your story goes beyond your transition, and without a doubt touches everyone who is fortunate enough to hear it. You are not only a strong woman, but a strong parent as well. I can only hope that more people can learn from the amazing life lessons that you have to share, and that your story can continue to create a more empathetic, and peace oriented world.

Dan
Wagner College

Jessica, 

I can't express to you enough how much I appreciated you taking the time to come to Penn's campus this evening to share your story. You are an absolutely remarkable woman. Your story was so moving and you should be so proud of your decisions. You were an incredible father, brother, boyfriend and now an incredible, beautiful woman.

I won't pretend to understand even the slightest bit of what you went through. I grew up in a very traditional, stable household and still don't know what it really means to struggle and prevail. Hearing the hardships that you went through and the struggles you endured ever since you were a little boy gave me a lot of perspective in my life. I take a lot of what I have and what I experience as a heterosexual white woman for granted. There are people dealing with a lot more debilitating stresses in life other than doing well in a particular class or getting asked to a dance. I need to be reminded of that more often and will be forever grateful that you came into my life- even if it was just for 90 minutes. 

You deserve all the happiness in the world and I hope you continue to speak to audiences about our experience and what it really means to a transitioned woman. It's a beautiful thing and I'm so glad your story has a happy ending. 

​Best of luck to you in the future, I'm sure I will read or hear about something incredible you've done in the future. 

Your sense of humor is great, never filter yourself. 

Kristen 

Annenberg School for Communication

University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2018

Jessica Lynn is the most inspirational speaker I've ever listened to. Her story is so unique and moving, but most of all she's doing this to bring awareness to the transgender community without turning a prophet for herself. Plus her sense of humor is priceless.

William

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Hi Jessica 

I missed your email in the presentation, but I did not want to go without thanking you for speaking to us Wednesday night. Your words are extremely moving and provided so much perspective into my life. Thank you for teaching us about your battles, I will do my part moving forward to educate others based off of your story. I want to wish you the best with your life, world tour, and the pursuit to have a relationship with your children. You are an amazing woman, professional speaker, and my new inspiration.

Best to you

Tess

Northern Arizona University

Good afternoon Ms.Lynn, I wanted to thank you for speaking to my class yesterday over zoom with Professor Harpster. I have seen dozens of presentations in my time at school ranging from environmental experts to politicians, and without a shred of doubt yours was the most powerful, enjoyable, and well shared and I doubt it will ever be topped. LGBTQ issues have been something I care deeply about and ever since I found myself in the punk scene and finding Laura Jane Grace I have hoped that I could help those who are wrongly discriminated against for things they cannot control. I think the past year has made it hard to remember the issues that we still face despite the rapid issues COVID gave us, and yours reminded me of the main reasons I majored in Journalism and Political Science: giving a voice and advocating for those who can't themselves or are ignored in our world. Your story was inspiring, deep, and something that had me jumping in my seat rooting for you and my jaw dropped at the way Texas and others treated you. I cannot empathize with your struggle as someone who is Cis, but I greatly sympathize and I am glad you have made it through such hardships and challenges to be able to share your story with the world. Please keep up your phenomenal work and I hope to catch another presentation of yours, and when the movie is announced I will be there at the midnight premiere without a doubt.

Jake

Northern Arizona University

Thank you so much for today’s talk through the nhs. I was heartbroken at your story I was laughing at your cursing. I was enthralled by your journey and your talking in general. You have given me the ability today to look at things in a different perspective. I will be able to take this back to my workplace and encourage others in acceptance etc. The more people speak out the more the world may become accepting. You are inspiring. Keep up the fantastic work. And I hope soon that you are reunited with your two sons. Take care and stay safe

Paula

Rotherham Foundation NHS

I was a nurse in the audience today in Cheshire. What an inspirational person you are and what I’ve gained from hearing your story today has empowered me to be more open and aware of the difficulties and prejudices that you and others have had to endure in your journeys. I will take your story with me to others to help start conversations and an openness and greater awareness for all NHS staff. You are amazing

Emma

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

I was privileged to attend Jessica's presentation today. I found Jessica's story moving and inspirational. The teaching has helped me to have a greater understanding of transgender. I love the idea of the butterfly effect and have begun passing information to colleagues, I also will be informing family and friends. I hope my small contribution will help towards greater understanding and acceptance.

Gita

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

What a fantastic session, a truly inspirational honest women. I admire your strength and courage and came away from this session wanting to change the world 🌎. I feel we really need to address issues and provide support in the trust settings.

Martine

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust

Hello, I was in Dr. Wright's Sociology class that you came and talked at on Monday and I thought the talk was phenomenal, it really changed some of my thoughts on Transgender people! After class I came down and gave you a hug (i was the guy with long hair). I was going to do my homework in the back, but a my German study group popped up to meet before your talk at 6 that evening and we had a test the next day. I'm not good at German at all. I would like to apologies for not being able to make it. I will spread your story to everybody I know!

Seth

University of Kansas

Hi Jessica!
I just wanted to thank you so much for speaking and sharing your story. I grew up with a very open minded mother and friends, so I do not have much real life experience with injustice and discrimination. Hearing everything you have gone through and the way you are able to tell your truth so calmly yet vividly really struck a chord within me. You are the kind of person people don't think exist, that you read about in newspapers but quickly forget or write off as a fake story. I heard you today though, and I'm so happy I had the privilege of being able to. The fact that you were able to say that though you have lived a life full of pain, it has been a good life, that really stood out to me. All I can say is thank you so much for your bravery and your never ending kindness, you're someone I'd want others around me to look up to and learn from. I hope every kid out there who is afraid of who they are or being different can have the opportunity to listen to your story. You're a real life superhero, thank you so much again and I pray things get better for you!

Nicole Luis

Miami Dade College

Thank you so much for sharing your story and experiences with us at the University of Kansas. It was so inspiring to hear you open up about your most vulnerable moments, and how you have grown as a person. I am so impressed that after all you have been faced with that you still remain a shining light in this world. Please continue sharing your story for years to come!

Deva

University of Kansas

You came to my sociology class today and I didn't get the chance to tell you how amazing your story was and you have to know I believe you are incredibly brave and an amazing strong woman. People need to hear your story so they can have the confidence to overcome any issues they may face and be able to be confident in themselves. Thank you again today and talking to my class. You really do make a huge impact.

Lauren Stous

Nottingham Trent University

Jessica's story was very inspiring, whilst she is very funny and charismatic. She thought me that everyone is equal and, not to judge other peoiple because their story is different from your own story.

Nathalie Cole

University of Plymouth

Hi Jessica, I listened to your presentation on Monday(4th February) at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith and just wanted to say that you are a truly inspirational women! Your story brought a tear to my eye and you did not bore us at all but instead stunned us into silence, which is maybe why there was a lack of questions at the end! Your determination is admirable and I wish you all the best in finding your son.

Rachel

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith, UK

Jessica, you are nothing less than an absolute inspiration to all young people. You spoke with such honesty and passion to our students; many have already commented on how shocked they were at your treatment but also how brave you have been.
From a teacher's perspective your story is one that reflects the bigotry that has existed in the past and which, unfortunately, still prevents us all from living in a world of equality, tolerance and understanding.
By sharing your experiences and educating those whose minds have not yet fully opened, you are truly making a monumental difference. You thoroughly deserve the respect of all of us.
Thank you Jessica and thank you Stonewall for all your efforts in making our society a much happier and safer place to live.

Elizabeth

The Maplesden Noakes School

Kent, UK

Hi Jessica
Just wanted to say how much your talk about your ongoing journey at Rampton blew me away. Thank you so much, good luck with your ongoing valuable work and hope you are able to meet with your son's and share together your journeys.
Kevin

Rampton Psychiatric Hospital NHS

My name is Jose and I would like to say that I was really captivated with your speech. Your life struggle has really opened my eyes regarding the many injustices to the LGBT community and can honestly say that I fully support the movement. It is like you previously mentioned that people are simply misinformed or may be oblivious regarding the subject. We live in a fast changing world which may sometimes be unjust to some but your dedication and will power can be inspiring to many. I wish you the best and hopefully I may attend one of your speeches in the future. 

Jose

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Jessica Lynn is an authentic, moving, and compelling voice for the challenges confronting transgender individuals in our society. The strength and courage she has shown in surmounting the personal tragedies she has experienced are an inspiration to all who hear her. We were blessed to have her share her journey with our congregation. . . .

Robert Deyle,

Worship Coordinator,

Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahassee

Ms. Lynn,
Thank you for visiting Mississippi State University. It was such an honor to hear your story and witness your courage. As you are probably aware, Mississippi is not the most tolerant place and I (and many others I'm sure) am very grateful that students are able to hear about life experiences such as yours. It is my hope that people who are able to see you will walk away with a heightened understanding of the transgender experience and will be able to see that we are all fundamentally the same. As famed psychotherapist Nathaniel Branden said, "The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance."

Chris
Mississippi State University 

Ms. Lynn,

My name is Hayley and I am a freshman at Auburn University. I was able to hear you speak during my women's studies class today but was unable to talk to you afterwards because I had to run to my next class. I just wanted to email you to let you know how much I was inspired by your talk today and share how grateful I am that you were able to speak to me and my classmates. I am from Washington DC, and was fortunate enough to be raised in a community of acceptance and open-mindedness so I've been fairly informed on transgender affairs, however I think as Alabama is a pretty conservative and traditional place most of my classmates have not. I think that sharing your story in Alabama and speaking with people who may not have heard about what its like to be a transgender person is so incredibly courageous and I was so moved by your story. Your strength and persistence has made my day and truly forced myself to think about ways I can get involved in helping the transgender community. Thank you so much for taking the time to speak to us, I hope you know that your story has truly made a difference in at least my life.  

Thank you again! Best Wishes,

Hayley 

Auburn University

Hi Jessica,
As a future nurse, hearing you speak really opened not only my eyes to the challenges that individuals in the transgender community face within themselves, but it also allowed me to understand from your experience how close minded most health care professionals are when placed in situations with trans individuals. It is my hope that I will use my career help advocate and provide equal treatment regardless of the chosen sex of an individual. This is a field where nurses and doctors alike need more education about how to bring healthcare up speed with the transgender community that has quickly gained momentum, especially within the last year.

Isabelle
University Of Massachusetts, Lowell

Hello Jessica,
I attended your speech at Cal Poly a little while back. I found your story both heartbreaking and incredibly empowering. I have since shared your story with my family and friends. I sincerely wish you the best and hope you get to see your son very soon. I am a firm believer in karma, and I know that someday, a whole ton of good karma is going to come your way. I am so proud of you for what you have overcome and the countless people you have touched. Keep on kicking ass, girl!

Elyse

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

I think Jessica's story was amazing. It was incredibly heartbreaking yet inspirational to hear. The fact that she has been able to continue with a positive outlook is beyond me, and I am so glad I could be a part of this conversation, and I will keep the conversation going.

Student

Chapman University

Jessica Lynn spoke in my Families & Health class at the University of Utah, and her story is more than enriching. Her story is something everybody needs to hear, because it's not only eye opening, but has the intentions to make oneself more accepting. 

Jake

University of Utah

Jessica Lynn, 
I recently attended your wonderful speech at Mississippi State University, and I gotta say I was thoroughly moved. A friend asked me what I had been up to, and I honestly told him "Listening to a Champion that overcame the odds against her." I can't believe, through all of the struggles, that you are still so genuine. You are certainly a hero, and I'm not sorry for raising my hand in the back of the auditorium hahahaha(that was me)! Once again, you are truly a success story and I'll be rooting for you in your extremely unfortunate custody battle. You deserve the world. Much love from a stranger!

Chase

Mississippi State University

Jessica,
My name is Rachel and you came and spoke to my class at UCCS about a month ago. I come from a very small town and was never introduced or familiar with the transgender population. I have always had the view that transgender people are not "normal" and that it is something that could be "fixed" if people tried hard enough. After you came and spoke to our class I felt so ashamed of myself because I was disappointed in how I thought thinking this way was okay. Your story completely changed my thoughts and feelings about the transgender population. I think that what your are doing by telling your story is more real and more effective than any other way to get the real image out about what it means to be transgender. I wish you the best luck in your future and thank you for changing my perspective on something I never thought I would change my mind about. Please continue going to universities and making the younger generation aware so that hopefully in the future there will be less discrimination among the population, because the reality is that we are all human beings when it comes down to it. Thank you so much for being a real voice for the population.

Rachel

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Hi Jessica,

I just wanted to write you letting you know how much I loved your presentation today in our class. I truly thought it was an amazing and thought provoking experience and I'm so glad I was able to hear from you!

Thank you so much again for coming to speak to us and I would love to keep in touch with you!

All the best,

Chloe

UC Berkeley

Jessica, I can’t tell you enough how much I enjoyed listening to your story yesterday. I’ve never had the opportunity to hear a personal and detailed story about a transgender individual, and it was absolutely inspiring. You single handedly opened my eyes to so many things I never knew about the struggles you and other transgender people face throughout their lives. After sitting through your presentation, I really began to appreciate the life I have, and the little things that I always take for granted. I told my mom about who you are because she grew up in the San Fernando Valley as well, and by the time I finished telling her your story, she was in tears. Whether you know it or not, your life has impacted and continues to impact much more than just the transgender community. Thank you so much for coming to speak. Your story will carry on with me far longer than you can imagine.

Ryan

UC Irvine

Jessica,

Thank you for allowing me to witness your presentation last week. In some small way, I will try to share with you the impact you had on me and the other attendees. From your speaking style to your welcoming warmth for each member of the audience, it was a wonderful and rare event.

My impression is that your presentation style is as a woman not encumbered by rigid social rules and dogma. While maintaining a professional demeanor, you express an openness and genuineness rarely seen in public speaking. It communicates to your audience that you are not afraid to address sensitive issues and actually invite comments and on topic questions.

You are not the stuffy, tight collared, pinstriped suit we have come to expect in a public speaker. In a rare way, you are able to present as feminine, open, intelligent and fun. You do not take yourself too seriously; you make fun of yourself on occasion, you are positive and uplifting in your approach to the subject.

Clearly you know your subject matter and speak at a pace that is not too fast and not too slow. You bring emotion into the presentation at the right times and address subjects most people have little or no experience discussing – using an honest, yet factual, humor.  I think for most of the audience it is a breath of fresh air, it was for me!

As an educator, professional speaker and performer for over 30 years, in a very different field, I wanted to share my observations of your presentation. If in some small way this helps further your outreach efforts, then I am pleased.

You are a refreshingly unique individual and a one heck of a performer. I am honored to be able to share this with you.  I wish you only the best on your journey.

Lindy

University of Florida

Hi Jessica:

My name is Kat and I am a student in Dr. Hagen's Sociology of the Family class at UNC Chapel Hill.I wanted to take a moment to thank you for coming to speak with us on Tuesday. Your discussion was educational and enlightening (and extremely entertaining). Although I have several friends in the LGBTQ community & am bisexual myself, I have never had the opportunity to to met a transgender individual. I'm grateful that you were willing to open up & share your life experiences with us.Your story is truly touching and I feel so much sympathy for your current situation. I couldn't imagine having my children taken from me. It's truly remarkable that you have encountered so much bad luck and ugly people in your life and can still be so happy. It really puts life in perspective. I hope you know that you are a strong and beautiful woman; I wish you nothing, but the best in your future. Again, thank you.

Kat

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

I wanted to say thank you again for coming to speak during Professor Martin Weinberg's class. Your story was really engaging and helped me better understand the struggle the trans community faces today.

The way you delivered your story was effective because it was obvious that you are really passionate about what you talked about. The moments of more "perverted" humor was totally fine by me and I think helped lighten the mood occasionally during what was a very emotional story. I also really appreciated how open you were to questions and that you explained in detail the surgical procedures you underwent. 

You've helped build my knowledge on gender issues and it's great that you've certainly done the same for so many others.

JT Stewart

Indiana University

Jessica’s guest lecture was one of the more awe-inspiring stories I’ve heard so far from others. I found it not only amazing that she would be able to stand up and travel around to share her message on such a close topic and her pains but also for making the story entertaining at times. She also did not tell the story to dwell on the negatives to get pity, which I find particularly strong. She is just an amazing speaker who knows how to keep the interest in the story, keep the humor and light hearted parts, but also connect emotionally to the audience. I admire her greatly and she left me in tears at some part. I’m very grateful to her for speaking her story.

Susan,

UC Irvine

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