Toward the end of Kendall Sanders' first year at Hollins University, a historically women's college in Roanoke, Va., the sociology major had a realization.
"My journey has been, 'Girlhood does not define me,' " Sanders says. "My womanness, my femininity does not define me."
Sanders, a senior now, is nonbinary and uses the pronouns they/them.
"I was like, I don't think I care about being a girl," they say. For someone who grew up in the Bible Belt region of Little Rock, Ark., that realization was a pretty big deal.