When it came time for her 20th high school reunion, Kim and her longtime girlfriend, Claire, traveled back to Kim's hometown to see former classmates face-to-face. The last time most of these people saw her, she was Paul, the popular athlete. "Twenty years ago, they'd voted me most likely to succeed," she says. "Now, I was just hoping they wouldn't laugh at me."
Kim says her greatest fear was not being accepted. "[I was afraid] that who I used to be would just be erased, and that I would become nothing," she says. "That they wouldn't see that I was really the same person."
When Tim, Kim's former teammate and best friend since childhood, first heard about Kim's transition, he says it was a little bit weird. But, after having a few beers with Kim and Claire, Tim says he realized not much had changed. "I'm so happy and proud of her," he says.