Jack & Yaya
By Jen Bagley and Mary Hewey
Jack and Yaya met at ages three and two through their shared backyard fence. They spent their childhood together, building forts and burning trash cans in their small hometown in South Jersey. From a young age, Yaya and Jack saw each other as they truly were, a girl and a boy, even though most of the world didn’t see them that way. As they grew older, they supported each other as they both came out as transgender.
Decades later, Jack and Yaya remain best friends. Jack now lives in Boston with his loyal pup, Plinko, and works as a kindergarten teacher. Yaya lives in her childhood home, waiting tables in town and trying to make ends meet after her mother’s passing. During his summer vacation, Jack travels to visit with Yaya and his extended family.