The Story of Jacob and City Gym

The Story of Jacob and City Gym


My childhood was… It wasn’t the best, but it wasn’t terrible. My uncle raised me like a father would. We’d go fishing a lot, that
was our bonding experience. He passed away three years ago. It’s something that I do now,
I carry on, I fish a lot. Because it’s how I connect to him. Growing up, I was never comfortable
with the way I looked when I looked in the mirror. I would want to see
something masculine. I would want to be able to take off my
shirt one day and have all these muscles. Knowing that wasn’t ever going to happen,
I couldn’t actually be happy. When the idea of, starting a
transition was brought about, it was like, this is what I’ve been
waiting for, this is what I need. I have decided to transition from female to male. My voice is starting to drop My face is starting to change,
it’s already started changing. I have a mustache coming in, finally Went with some friends and
met with a surgeon. Now it’s getting back to the gym I’m excited to get in there and build this body that I’ve always wanted. I have known Jacob for about a year and today
is his first day back after having top surgery. And I’m really interested to explore with
him what it feels like to be in his new body. My name is Hailee Bland Walsh I’m the owner of City Gym
in Kansas City, Missouri. The guys in the group were born in female
bodies but they have identified as male. It was never an intention to create
a space specific for any group. But what a testament it is to create
a space where any group feels comfortable. These guys are physically
getting stronger. But the real change
is what’s happening inside. They’re building the capacity
to feel confident. To feel strong. City Gym was born with the belief that a
gym should be more than a place to work out. It should be a place to belong. When people are looking online
for a different type of gym, somewhere that’s safe and inclusive I want them to find us. Watching people open up their
heart and change their life is really incredible. And to know that somehow
you were that spark I mean it’s intoxicating.

100 comments on “The Story of Jacob and City Gym

  1. Lisa ATL Maisel Post author

    I just watched this and I was like WOW, this gym and Haley who runs it is a WONDERFUL person. THIS IS AWESOME………….

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  2. Thomas McGivens Post author

    Yeah no that's a girl with a mental disorder.

    You all understand that DNA trumps your feelings right? Or are you all retarded.

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  3. papawx3 Post author

    This is the garbage that Putin has banned in his country, this is HOMOSEXUAL PROPAGANDA. The "queer community" is coming for your children. Protect them as best you can. Notice how large and powerful foundations and companies {like Google} are also behind this evil movement.

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  4. Dunecat Post author

    It's so interesting to watch and listen to peoples vastly different opinions on the matter of transgender.  It doesn't surprise me one bit that certain people are born feeling that they belong in the opposite gender than what they were born with.   As time moves forward the science makes it easier and easier to switch a gender type;  you could see people switching gender just to know what it feels like and then switching back.

    Things change and who are we to say that this is wrong? Especially when sexuality is so different between you and the person next to you.

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  5. Twice stray kids fan 4 life #ONCE #straykids Post author

    im bisexual 😀 but i feel like im in the wrong body :(. maybe I'm a man inside a girl body but im bisexual and trangrender. i need to find out why?? 🙁

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  6. IN2 DEEP Post author

    NO MATTER HOW MANY MASKS U WEAR OR HOW MANY FAKE IDs ONE GETS FROM THE WORLD THESE UNNATURAL WOMEN ARE STILL WOMEN AND ALWAYS WILL BE. THOUGH THE SONG SAYS AND LIES "I CANT CHANGE..EVEN IF I TRIED." U CAN CHANGE AND LIFE IS ABOUT CHANGING AND FINDING UR IDENTITY IN CHRIST. JUST LIKE THESE WOMEN CHANGED TO THEIR PERVERTED FANTASIES BC THEY WERE NEGATIVELY INFLUENCED AND NOT TAUGHT WHAT A WOMEN OR MAN IS THEY CAN BE CHANGED INTO AWESOME WOMEN EVEN AFTER THEY MUTILATE AND BUTCHER THEIR BODIES WITH SYNTHETICS, STEROIDS AND HORMONES. ALL THIS UNNATURAL AND MIDDLE FINGER TO GOD IS Y THIS COUNTRY FALL SOON AND THE FAKE CHURCHES ARE TO BLAME ALSO NOT THIS LITTLE 5% MINORITY OF GAYS. I WAS GAY, DRUG ADDICT, PERVERTED STEROIDS U NAME IT BUT CHRIST GAVE ME NEW ID AND CHANGE ME AND BLESS ME AND GIVE ME KNOWLEDGE OF GOD AND ULTIMATE TRUTH. WE FALL HARD 911 AGAIN COMING B READY DONT BELIVE THE LIES JUST LIKE THESE WOMEN LIE TO THEMSELVES AND FOLLOW THE WORLD TO HELL. BE CHANGED BY CHRIST. PRAISE YAH.

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  7. Ed cook Post author

    I always thought female to male transgender was rare…..I have no friends that went through that type of transformation

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  8. Frank Booth Post author

    Shame on you GOOGLE and  the sick pervert that runs GOOGLE.   You are contributing to the disintigration of morals in this country.

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  9. Closeoutracer Post author

    No.. let's not get these people the help they need to live normal lives.. Let's encourage them to do destructive things to themselves. That's not caring it's throwing them to the wolves.

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  10. Brandon Waters Post author

    question so say if a female changes to look male like in the story we just watch what happens if they fall in love with a woman does that make gay? yes or no

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  11. 3Storms Post author

    The majority has been revoked of all Constitutional rights to have a stake, voice, and vote on how govenrment rules over us and have effectively been rendered serfs only "free" enough to work to support the machine the left lives off of by means of a rainbow-colored trojan horse while the left has absolute power oever everything now, but you go ahead and claim we're all equal and free when you're either with the party or you're a subjugate with no more stake in how things are ran. We are the ruled and the liberals are the rules. We are literally back to 1775, so now another 1776 needs to happen.

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  12. Arys S Post author

    This is amazing. Congratulations to all the men at City Gym. I hope you find your place in the world.

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  13. EAST COASTING Post author

    Ok I learned to accept gays and lesbians, but I don't think I'lI ever accept transgenders, it's just to weird and something I would never understand.

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  14. Corey Vaughn-Patterson Post author

    I love watching the haters squirm. Have fun trying to argue against the law, I thank my parents everyday for raising me to be as open minded as I am today.

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  15. Lilith Valentine Post author

    I am glad to see more positive comments then negative. It's proof, that though we still have some backwards morons who keep their head planted in their asses. We still have a greater number of actual supporters to block them out. 
    Love always wins.

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  16. GarrulousGamer Post author

    gen·der dys·pho·ri·a
    nounMEDICINE
    the condition of feeling one's emotional and psychological identity as male or female to be opposite to one's biological sex.

    DEFINED BY GOOGLE MIND YOU

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  17. James Bowman Post author

    Joke:
    What's even less masculine than someone who doesn't naturally have facial hair, bulky muscles, a deep voice, and a penis?

    Some who willfully undergoes surgery/chemical treatment to gain facial hair, bulky muscles, a deep voice, and a penis.

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  18. jo mel Post author

    you are opening yourself up to the wrath of the norm that a man must not butt fuck another man…. you will die of aids… lol.lol.lol    have fun with that……

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  19. Aerial Radiance Post author

    It is sad who I used to be.. I used to look down on transexuals until I knew someone who went through it… I can fully understand where the belief comes from now and this is wonderful thing Google is doing to help promote it.

    I mean it still makes me feel uncomfortable at times but I understand where it is coming from it is their body and their life. They can choose to be who they really are and not be afraid to express themselves. 
    I am sorry to say but I still couldn't choose to date a woman who was once a male I guess it is just preference.

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  20. AssaultBox15 Post author

    So im weirded out a little….. I mean I don't have a problem with this girl or guy changing genders, I mean she/he sounds like a pretty nice person to be around, but I'm disturbed with one thing. How do they do it?

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  21. redd garbacz Post author

    that is awesome! i am sooo glad people are able to talk about these things now, and not have to hide. it is not becoming the norm, but someday, maybe it will be as easy to talk about as whether or not you want to go blonde or brunette or red head!  glad to see companies are becoming more open minded too! you are awesome as long as you are true to yourself, and you are YOU!!

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  22. AssaultBox15 Post author

    So and another thing I want to ask is. What's with the whole Gay pride month, (I mean this might be off Topic with the video shown, but I don't see any Google forums for discussions) I don't really see how these people are any different from any guy or girl you see walking in town besides who they're actions, So with that said…. Can they're be a whole Straight month?

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  23. NickWayne100 Post author

    Fuck it, I'm transitioning from a man to a goat. Where are the goat transitions surgeons at

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  24. Samuel Z Post author

    im ok with lgbt and I GET it. youtube wants to make it clear that they shouldn't be scared and they have a place. ok good. fine. wonderful. but can you plz plz plz stop posting so many vids on the flippin topic? do a car commercial. or don't text while driving or whatever. just plzzzz stop beating this horse to death.

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  25. Rinyotsu Post author

    I thought it was about a gay man. Tears showed up when he was revealed to be a transguy! It's amazing that we transgender people are finally being heard, finally being accepted, and better yet, finally being wanted openly!
    I'm mtf, I first realized about 2-4 years ago, about 1 year ago though, I was convinced this day was so far away that I've seriously considered the wait to not be worth it. I'm glad I held on, and I hope others like me have realized we just need to hold out a little longer because we WILL be accepted and by society, even if a few rotten eggs try to spoil the party.

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  26. Andrew J A Lee Post author

    As a not so fit guy, I love the fact that I can look up to these guys and say I want to look like them.

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  27. BubbaliciousGaming Post author

    I dont have a problem with this vid due to the transition or any of that

    my problem is using a story some find inspirational to advertise a business….You think they really care about the story? I bet they care more about the money they are gaining off the supporters and non-supports who click on this video…

    but hey, that's just what it seems like

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  28. lowcarbfoodie Post author

    I can't believe so many of the people commenting, have the balls to judge what they don't understand. This is why it took America so long to be on board with marriage equality. Let these people live!!! You're sitting here calling people sick, when maybe it's you who is sick. At the end of the day, no matter what people are going through, they are still people. Trans, bi, gay, black, white, from the states, outside of the states or otherwise. These are people. And that… you cannot take away from them. Let them live. So long as they are not hurting you, you have no right to hurt them. Chill and enjoy life man. You'll give yourself a fucking aneurysm if you spend your whole life disturbing the peace. Their peace. Breathe in & breathe out because you're never going to change them. So many try and fail. It just leads to suicide or leaving someone feeling alone. No one deserves that. NO ONE. It's not worth it. It never has been and never will be. All the lives we've lost only to end up granting the wish heard 'round the world: Marriage equality. Live your truth and let them live theirs. ok, i'm done. Carry on 🙂

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  29. Thomas MacKelly Post author

    nothing makes my heart warmer than seeing conservatives lose. And it has been a glorious few weeks for Greater America.

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  30. tsohgallik Post author

    When will the White Nationalists get their "pride" month?

    It's as if everyone is getting a holiday month so why not?

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  31. Jasmine Parker Post author

    420 dislikes. Smoke it uup xD I support Trans<3 You all are amazing and I give you major props for staying strong through all the crap life and people throw at you. I support you all and I know that all of you can battle all the bullshit and become stronger from it. Sending lots of love from cali.

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  32. Google Small Business Post author

    Tonight, we're celebrating what it means to show courage. Thank you @City Gym KC and Jacob for sharing your courage with the world. Share your stories of courage, acceptance and belonging here. #HeresToCourage #ESPYs

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  33. Francis Mazanet Post author

    Google and Facebook should keep their money out of social affairs else suffer a backlash from consumers. I do not want mega corporations trying to sway American society!

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  34. Reginald Greene Post author

    Google is a political organization and a monopolist.  It is a "business" that needs to go bankrupt.

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  35. The Next Family Post author

    Thanks for showing that becoming who you are is a very courageous act! We love your support of the transgender community and thank you for giving them a voice. 🙂

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  36. Douglas Johnson Post author

    Courage?  You are celebrating her decision to do something where suicide is now her most likely future cause of death.  Anyone that goes down that path is 20X more likely to commit suicide than the rest of the population.  Why would you want more people to follow that path?

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  37. sam james Post author

    It's unfortunate this dysfunction is not only being encouraged, but celebrated.  These people need help (statistics showing 40%+ of supposed 'transgendered' end their lives in suicide).  It would appear the "intoxicating" effect of supposedly 'helping' these problem individuals by the gym owner is most likely because of something being smoked….because the reality does not match the attempted effort to help these people.

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  38. Post author

    I feel like I'm gonna puke. I already had 0 respect for Google, not it's just silly. I can clearly see what Google has in plan for the future. These people are control freaks. I feel ashamed even using their youtube platform

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  39. Nuna Urbizness Post author

    The USA has turned into a train wreck at a freak show. This country will certainly pay the price for its complete abandonment of morality, sanity and truth.

    The more these sexual psychos pretend their freakishness is not only normal and acceptable but to be lauded and celebrated, the more intolerable and disgusting they become. Thanks to the Leftist subversion of our institutions, the weak, stupid and corrupt are manipulated and used to drown out the voices of all others. They are  quite simply the useful idiots being used to destroy the USA and Western Civilization (see Europe) – not courageous, enlightened preciousness as they have been brainwashed to believe of themselves and their utterly corrupt, socially destructive causes. Their minds are beyond reason, truth and ability to see even the most obvious consequences of their twisted ideology. There is no way to deal with such mindlessness. It must be destroyed and removed like a plague of locusts before it completely destroys everything in its path.

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  40. Dan Islove Post author

    Remember all, we live in the year 2015, where believing in magical men in the sky is considered normal, but those wishing to be themselves are deemed insane. I weep at this unfortunate truth.

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  41. John Post author

    Obviously it goes without saying that we should do whatever we can to reach out to someone who may be feeling suicidal. 

    That said, the PROMOTION of transgenderism by powerful mass media conglomerates is both corrosive and destructive to our culture on a macro social level.

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  42. Nuna Urbizness Post author

    Hey, google/youtube, why include the down thumb if you don't register the count for it? I've selected the down thumb on several posts, but none show the count. Filthy evil bastards.

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  43. Samantha Arpino Post author

    Wonderful video, wonderful stance, Google. Thank you for standing for what you believe!

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  44. Brenda Ryan Post author

    Born a girl and became a woman and mother.  So, I'm going to talk like any mother "Walk a mile in another man's shoes before you judge him"    I just wish people would stop with such rigid thinking because it didn't happen to them.   Be happy with yourself and compassionate toward others, even if you can't wrap your mind around it

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  45. NextGenReviews Post author

    I should really start going to the gym again… @Runtastic 👍 is helping me keep everything up at home but still… I'm waiting till i'll be in Shanghai for 8 months to get me a new gym subscription… ^^ 👌

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  46. Aiyanna Post author

    As a trans person, I really enjoyed this commercial and seeing it on TV. The thing that disappointed me was that I never saw this commercial on TV again. I hate when company's do that. It really does seem like companies don't care about the people as much as they care about the money. I know that's really true, but still.

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  47. Dalila Lizarraga Post author

    Google, it would be wiser to invest your billions of dollars into climate change, since that is something NO ONE is immune to. There is nothing more moral than working towards the survival of your own species.

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  48. Earl Cornbread Post author

    Great videos. Yes many of the comments are ignorant and hateful. It's the last great place for a bigot to dig in with hate and get their hate in. These are people who live in fear. They are sick and need help.

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  49. cxle Post author

    I remember when I first wanted to come out when I was alot younger and I saw this video, the comments on it made me cry for weeks and made me so self conscious. I loved this video.

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