She said she felt it was best to move there because it had more to offer her than Pocatello. She also said making that transition in Pocatello was something she did not look forward to.

"I was terrified to do that in this community," Brennan recalled.

Now that she is back in Pocatello, with a new strength and a new life, she's not about to back down from her right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

"I know I couldn't be the person I am today if I hadn't gone through that, and to be honest I don't know if I would be here today if I hadn't done that for myself."

She isn't looking for pity, or trying to tell a sob story, however. Rather, she hopes speaking out publicly will give someone else a voice, or at least let them know they are not alone.

"What a lot of the general public doesn't understand is that in order for you to proceed in your transition, there are certain requirements you have to fulfill," Brennan explained.

These requirements include having to live as a person of the opposite sex for at least a year. Brennan said she has been living this way for several years. She said that made the term “cross-dresser” not apply to her.

"In just a couple weeks it will be what I almost consider my birthday," she said.

She also said that's another difficulty, as she is fully aware of stares, whispers and giggles both from students and other members of the education field.

The ordinance will be brought up again in two weeks, on April 18. Brennan says she hopes the revisions will satisfy everybody, and Pocatello can become one of just a handful of Idaho cities to promote acceptance and equality.

After all, she is raising her own daughter in this community. 

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