CNN — Four years ago, Neo Sandja decided to get drunk and throw himself in front of a speeding car.
“I went out to a bar with my friends,” he says.”When I left, I told them, ‘Goodbye, you’ll never see me again.’ But they were just as drunk as I was and didn’t take me seriously.”
He found himself stumbling along the side of the road in his Georgia college town in the middle of the night. Headlights were speeding by.
“I kept thinking, ‘This is it. I’m going to do this. I just can’t be here anymore. Why did I suffer so long?”
He thrust himself into the road, and a car stopped just shy of his leg. Out stepped a cop.
“Are you trying to kill yourself?” the cop asked.
“Yes,” Neo replied.
“Do you need help?”
Neo explained that he had just realized he was transgender and that his father back in Africa would never accept him as a man.
The officer responded: “My sister is a trans woman.”