A Maui resident of 35 years published her memoir, “It’s Always Okay To Be Me: A journey to recovering lost hope,” on August 15, 2012.
Danielle Bergan, who was the former director of sales of the Maui Chamber of Commerce as Daniel Bergan from 2003-2008, seeks to raise awareness of transsexualism through sharing her life story.
Now going by “Danielle,” Bergan says, “Those individuals who suffer from Gender Identity Disorder (the cause of being transsexual) often lead secret lives full of loneliness and despair. Many turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with it, others simply commit suicide to relieve themselves of the insanity they deal with on a daily basis. It is my wish that my story will offer hope to those who are afflicted like me, and demonstrate that it is possible to successfully and happily live in the gender your mind always told you that you were.”
Professor Tim Delaney, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Sociology at the University of New York at Oswego wrote, “It’s Always Okay To Be Me… is filled with sociological intrigue as author Danielle Bergan provides a firsthand account of her transformation from a boy who always knew she was a girl, to a woman full of confidence and happy with who she has finally become. A must read for anyone who wants to learn the life path of a transgender person.”