Joe Bloom

As a child, “Joleen” Bloom lived on a farm outside of Spokane, wishing magically to become a boy. Decades later, after making the decision to pursue hormone therapy and surgery, Joe finally got his wish to be a man. In the course of his life, Joe had a number of difficult stints in state mental institutions; in his view, there is even greater stigma attached to mental illness than to an LGBT identity. Much happier as a man, Joe still lives on the same property that he grew up on.