Rising New York-based star Shea Diamond has long been an advocate for the oppressed, having previously spent 10 years in prison for committing a crime while working to get funds to support her MTF transition. Reflecting on her personal experience, Diamond has recorded a powerful new song, called "Seen It All," dedicated to the "It Gets Better" project, with a focus on transgender youth.
"A lot of us ran away from home," Diamond says. "A lot of us committed suicide. So during that experience, you know, first starting my transition, I felt like I was trapped. And I couldn't live in that existence anymore. I felt like I was living a lie. And I felt like the people around me were all happy. Me—I couldn't find happiness because I couldn't be myself."
Despite all the hardships, Diamond's message for the young LGBTQ community is still optimistic. "Don't give up hope," she says. "I thought that life was over with—doing 10 years in prison. So for me, it's to tell the young people not to give up."
Listen to "Seen It All," below.