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When Sophia Hawes-Tingey, director of Judiciary Committee at Women's State Legislative Council of Utah, moved to Salt Lake City in 2010, she discovered more transgender support groups here than she'd found living elsewhere, such as in Kentucky or Texas.
She also feels that last year's passage of Senate Bill 296, a non-discrimination bill which states that employers and people in various capacities having to do with the management or sale of residential property cannot discriminate on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation, has made it easier for people to be out and transition at work and be themselves.
"Quite frankly, it was a life-or-death difference for me.
Seeing the trajectory that my mental health was on, I might not have survived.
She adds that former athlete and Kardashian spouse Caitlyn Jenner's transition "opened up a curiosity" about being transgender.
Before, while he was female, engineers came into his cubicle and talked to his cis male cubicle-mate first. "The engineers come and talk to me first, even if it's about something I'm not actually working on," Florence says.
Cross-dressers are people of one gender who wear clothing of the opposite sex.
Contrary to popular belief, they don't necessarily desire to be the opposite gender.
"Some trans men go so drastically on the male gender side that they become a little bit aggressive," he says.
"I didn't want that for myself." Florence's wife, Christy, says he's always been very tender, caring and respectful, "more than I ever experienced in my previous marriage." She adds that while those traits have held strong, she also helps him through the "struggle in his head" that constitutes gender dysphoria—the distress an individual feels about the mismatch between their gender identity and their assigned sex.