Google My Business Releases Inspiring Ad About Transgender Man's Transition

06/17/2015 12:05 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

Google has released a powerful new video that documents one transgender man's transition and his journey to find a community of supportive and like-minded individuals through a local business.

A part of the Google My Business initiative, this film by advertising agency Venables Bell & Partners depicts the community of transgender men who work and thrive together at City Gym in Kansas City, Missouri. The gym unexpectedly became a gathering place for these individuals who share a unique journey on the path to living as their authentic selves.

"Hailee Bland Walsh, the owner of City Gym in Kansas City, believes her gym 'should be more than a place to workout. It should be a place to belong,' Google said on its blog. "She uses Google My Business to share that her gym is a safe place where everyone is welcome. This message has been especially meaningful for Jake who recently returned to City Gym for the first time after having surgery. For him, City Gym has been an integral part of his transition from female to male, providing a place to explore his changing body and a community of support for him and his friends."

Check out the video above to learn more about City Gym and Jake's journey or head here to read more on Google's blog.

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