Brockington was assigned the sex of female at birth and identified as such publicly until he came out publicly as transgender while attending East Mecklenburg High School as a tenth grade student. His family was not supportive of his decision to transition from female to male, wondering why a black youth would want to draw more attention to himself. Because of this, Brockington chose to live with a foster family during his transition. He chose the name Blake after it came to him in a dream and because he liked how masculine it sounded. He was taking hormones, which were covered by Medicaid, and had planned to get a mastectomy once he was able to afford it.
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