Before then, he said, he'd feel his confidence taken down a notch whenever people would struggle with whether to call him 'he' or 'she', and even the victories — when people thought he was a boy — were bittersweet.
'It felt good in a way, like a confirmation of something.
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Raised in a suburb of Chicago and a graduate of Northern Michigan University, Chris has recently become a member of the US national triathlon team, and is training to compete in the sprint duathlon, which involves running and cycling, in Spain next June.'I smiled biggest for photos when no one could see me,' he said.
So it’s surprising that he has a negative incident in his past that’s not so nice – it happened while he was a Junior at Sarah Lawrence College.
Nev was photographing people at an LGBTQ dance without permission.
'I spent a lot of time [in college] trying to make myself invisible...
I didn't want to have strong relationships because I was uncomfortable with myself.'His issues with gender identity made life difficult until he finally decided to transition in 2010.