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June is a significant month for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Aside from marriage equality cases before both local and federal courts, June is also LGBT Pride Month. KUAM News sat down with Scarlett Ramirez Castro, a member of the infamous Untouchables, who shares her very personal story of transformation and gender identity. Although used to the limelight, today she takes the stage for a different reason: to share the story of how she became the woman she is today.

"It's something you're really born with," she shared. "Basically your gender identity is who you are inside. It's your brain, it's your emotions. Some of us feel like we have a different gender inside, and really your inside is one day going to travel outside, like for example Caitlyn Jenner, it took her what 60 years to finally let her inner being show through the outside," she added.

She said she always knew she was different from other children - more feminine. She was on the girl's tag team, and she like the pink and yellow Power Rangers. But it wasn't until high school that Scarlett finally told her family that she was not only attracted to men, but also transgender. At age 16 when she dressed up as a girl for Halloween, she said she finally felt herself.

"It felt so natural to me, and from that point forward I did a lot of research because you know especially a sophomore, an adolescent, you don't really understand all the terms you see online, so I kept researching and I told myself, I think I'm a transgender. I think I'm a transsexual," she recalled.

At first it was hard for Scarlett's family. She recalls them telling her she couldn't leave the house dressed as a female. "One day I just went into my drawers, took all my clothes, all my male clothes and I put it in a bag and I threw it away and I said, it's either I walk out of this house naked or I'm going to wear the clothes that I prefer to wear," she added. Scarlett found support from others in the LGBT community, particularly the Untouchables, who helped her make the transition. She said her family has finally come around as well.

"I think that the community should know that whether we're straight, we're gay, we're bi, we're transgender, we're all the same, we're all human beings. In regards to the same-sex marriage, personally speaking, it's not a victory for the LGBT, it's a victory for equality. And that's what I think some people don't understand - this is not an LGBT issue, this is an equality issue. It's about being equal with everyone, we're all humans, we all make the same mistakes, we all bleed the same blood. You know, we're just trying to get the acceptance as a human being."

Scarlett heard the news that same-sex marriage became legal in Guam this morning, saying, "I was actually driving on my way here and I got a text and I was screaming in the car because right now my other half, he is away for school, and we were planning to go off island to go get married so to hear that I can do this with my friends and family, to support me there, it makes me so happy."

"I just want to wish everyone a happy LGBT Pride, and I really hope the community can come together to be more accepting, not just of the LGBT, but of all walks of life," she said.

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