COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Viewers across the country anxiously wait to get an inside peek into celebrity Bruce Jenner's gender transition, and now the issue of social acceptance on the process hits close to home.
Some are saying, despite celebrity attention, transgender people in the Valley still experience discrimination.
Transgender issues are taking the entertainment and media world by storm. However, issues portrayed in popular shows like "Orange is the New Black" have already come to life in our own backyard.
In 2013, Victoria Owens, a local transgender woman, claimed the Russell County Jail did not give her all the medicines she normally takes.
"I went without my medication for four days," said Owens.
Sheriff Heath Taylor said in a 2013 interview, "The citizens of this county do not pay for transgender sex change."
Officials said they allow everyone in the community to be who they are, but don't believe it is the taxpayers' responsibility to fund a personal choice.
The topic continues to generate questions of how transgender issues are handled, and the controversial topic continues to make headlines.
Matasha Spiller of Columbus was born a male but says she quickly knew she was meant to be someone else.
"When I was younger I had to pretend like I was somebody that I'm not," said Spiller."I felt like I was a woman trapped inside a male's body."