As a child, West Oakland resident Jack B. Pierson hated the pink and purple outfits his mother chose for him. He craved the sensible, utilitarian clothing his older brother got to wear. Pierson was a girl back then. He came out as gay when he was a teenager and in his 20’s became trans-identified. Pierson now takes testosterone, flaunts his facial hair, and enjoys wearing the colors he once despised.