At 4, Eddie Hayward told his Mormon parents he wanted to be Cinderella and go the ball. By 10, he said he had two people inside of him — one male, one female. Six years later, he thought he was gay.
Now, at 26, the young Latter-day Saint knows her real identity — Eddie is Eri, a beautiful and confident transgender woman.
A 15-minute documentary about Eri's experience completed in 2013 by Salt Lake City-based filmmaker Torben Bernhard — in partnership with KUER's VideoWest —has now been viewed more than a million times and recently was featured in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Huffington Post and People Magazine. It earned the Artistic Vision Award at the 2014 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and was named the 2014 Utah Short Film of the Year.