This article is an organic submission. We do not edit the article aside from formatting and grammar. The opinions of the author are solely theirs and not affiliated with IRL. From the moment you were born, I always knew you were the unique cousin of mine that would one day grow up to be a beautiful, intelligent and strong person. You see, the frequent times I would come over and stay over at your family\u2019s place is where I feel you\u2019re one of the very few people that I know I can vibe with \u2014 regardless of our 9-year gap. I see something amazing in you that makes me feel I want to protect you from all the evil in the world. Because you deserve every happiness in the world that it has to offer to you. However, I can\u2019t always be there to protect you as I need to let you go, for you need to grow from your own experiences. I do hope that from every lesson you encounter, you can still see the positive side. You see, I am so proud of you for coming out to me as a lesbian many years back. I couldn\u2019t even think of a way to express how grateful I am that you\u2019ve chosen and trusted me to come out to. You were so young back then and have already accepted, embraced that fact of you without any remorse. Hearing all this drama that you have with your crushes only makes me feel like goddayummm, why isn\u2019t this a reality TV show? Jokes aside, you have no idea how brave you are at a young age to admit that you\u2019re happily gay to me. Fast forward to yesterday, we had a heart to heart talk where I felt we bonded even more. You told me that you identify yourself as male instead of female. I can\u2019t fathom how proud I am of you for taking that first step in acknowledging it, although it\u2019s a tough world out there, especially when it comes to the topic of LGBTQ in Malaysia. A few minutes into talking about how you feel right in your bones that you are male and how it lights you up, a worried face overpowered your entire reaction when you talked about how you\u2019re going to break this news to your parents and your brother. Especially your brother. I know how supportive your brother is in your realisation as a lesbian but you were even more stressed up about the fact that he may or may not accept you as a trans person. Tears started to stream down your cheeks as you spoke about the need for your brother to accept you for who you are. I couldn\u2019t help but hug you in hopes it\u2019ll relieve you of your problems completely. But that\u2019s not how issues are resolved. If only it was that easy. I\u2019m so glad you have tons of amazing and supportive friends in your journey to your sexuality. It warms my heart to know that you are loved and wanted by people around you. Dear cousin, no matter what others say about your gender, just know that I\u2019ll always be there for you. You can come stay with me if your parents decide to kick you out of the house. I\u2019ll be the most cool person in your life. I\u2019ll be your wing woman, and most importantly you\u2019ll be even more of a family to me than ever. With all honesty, I pray that you\u2019ll never give up on people.\u00a0 Yes, there may be lots of haters out there but I do hope with you being the amazing person that you are, you can be a beacon of hope and strength to people who are finding it hard to come out in life. Just know I\u2019ll be right by your side defending you and supporting your goals now and in the future. I\u2019m going to conclude by saying my last words to you before leaving, \u201cDon\u2019t worry, remember you are kind, you are smart, and you are strong.\u201d Sincerely, Your proud and protective cousin. For more stories like this, read: How I Grew To Accept My Gay Cousin After I Began An Interracial Relationship and Coming out of the Closet: A Transgender Man\u2019s Experience.