At just 19 years old, Allison Kurtz has become the young woman she always hoped to be, but never dreamed was possible. Plagued with multiple medical issues in her young life, including a life-threatening genetic kidney disease, she tried to live as a carefree adolescent, filling her days with reading books, outside adventures with her brothers and family dog, and surviving grade school. And yet, everyday she felt like she was living a life meant for someone else. Allison is transgender, and has fought her way back from depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation to pursue her goal of being just your average college co-ed. In reality, she’s far from average. This polite well-spoken young woman is well-versed on issues involving equality and mental health. As a national ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and as a patient advisor for Cincinnati Children’s Transgender Youth Clinic, she spends her free time advocating for more funding to support LGBTQ youth. She regularly participates in panel discussions and community events to promote awareness and inclusion. Now entering her sophomore year at the University of Dayton, Allison loves spending her free time enjoying anything with a compelling narrative—be it video and tabletop games with friends, movies, or writing her own. She lives in the Cincinnati-area with her loving family and her favorite deuteragonist canine companion, Teddy.
Channel Kindness is a digital platform created by Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. It is a safe space for young people to tell their stories of kindness, resilience, and community. By highlighting the people and organizations that are doing good in their communities, Channel Kindness’ audience is inspired to create a kinder and braver world, one story at a time.