Just before heading back to University of Nevada, Reno, where Dana is a senior, he talked about his new life in an interview at his parents' Gardnerville home.
I want to be able to reach out to people in our community who may be struggling with similar issues, Dana said. I've recently started doing lots of public speaking and advocacy work, and I absolutely love it.
What has eased the transition is the support of his family.
It's so rare for a transgender to hear this, he said. I want people to know you can have a good experience. It's not as scary as you think.