10/19/2017 18:12 EDT | Updated 10/27/2017 14:45 EDT

I'm Still Here Episode 1: We’re The Bathroom State Now

The Smith family spent a year demanding their trans daughter be treated like a human.

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Mike Belleme for HuffPost

A 6-year-old trans student named Emma Smith was forced to urinate on herself at school because she wasn’t allowed to use the girls’ bathroom, thanks to HB2. Her parents, Amy and Kevin, spent a year fighting the school for their daughter to be treated with respect. 

HuffPost reporter James Michael Nichols traveled to the Smith’s home in Asheville, North Carolina and met activists in the area to discuss what it’s really like to live in a state hell-bent on criminalizing your very existence.

Inside The Episode
While other kids focused on ABCs, Emma Smith had to face the anti-transgender House Bill 2 head-on.
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The first in the "I'm Still Here" HuffPost podcast series.

I’m Still Here is a HuffPost Podcast hosted by Zeba Blay and produced by Nick Offenberg and Jessica Samakow. Send us an email at stillhere@huffpost.com.