“They saved my life on many occasions,” Scarlett Castro-Dixon says of the variety showcase
performance group, The Untouchables, House of Diosa that is made up of transwomen.
Scarlett, too, is a transwoman, one who shares the experience of other trans people.
“When I was in high school I always knew I liked boys, and during [one] Halloween, I
finally dressed up as a woman for the first time. I came across The Untouchables online. I
researched what it meant to be transgender, and it really moved me because that’s what I
was,” Scarlett says.
Despite pushback from her family, she was adamant she was a woman. She fought with her
family, threw out all her boy’s clothing, and insisted she moved forward as a female.
“And now, here I am,” Scarlett, now 23, proudly proclaims.
In 2015, she became the blushing, young bride to a sailor, and became part of the Family
Readiness Group, which was made up of families who support each other while their
partners are away. But everything goes back to her being a member of The Untouchables.
“I was curious to see how I would be treated in the group, but at the same time, I wanted to
get my foot in the door and make it normal. When I joined, they were very respectful, and
they were really inclusive about me. It’s really about what you put out there,” she adds.
“Looking to them as role models, I couldn’t have found better role models. One thing they
really taught me is that it took me 16 years to find who Scarlett was, and I didn’t allow any
one time to figure out who I was, especially my family, my parents. I really did force my
transition on them, and being part of The Untouchables, they really molded my mind and
helped me grow faster than my supposedly normal classmates. They really taught me the
value of family and the value of patience. Coming to terms with who I am, it’s a process and
it’s not something that happens overnight,” Scarlett reveals.
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