‚ÄúRight now is the time to be your most different, most radical, most unique self‚ÄĒand you should own that.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄĒRaquel Willis

Raquel Willis was recognized on The Root 100 this year for her unapologetic voice and dedicated work to elevate the transgender community. Watch above for her personal story about how hiding her true identity while working as a journalist in Monroe, Ga., shaped her advocacy.

The Root 100 prime-time special airs on Fusion TV on Sunday at 9 p.m.