Though Caitlyn Jenner may have thrust the transgender conversation into the mainstream with I Am Cait, her public struggle is far from indicative of the still pervasive difficulties faced by the reported 700,000 transgender people in the United States each day. With landmark moments for equality seemingly on the cusp of reality, the very real discrimination against trans men and women continues to highlight the need for this conversation to continue.

In the second of a three-part Complex original series, we hear from five transgender women regarding the difficulties they've faced on their own journeys toward a true and fulfilling self. From transitioning to friendships to dating, these women spoke candidly on the difficulties and ultimate self-empowerment of the transgender journey. Couples Therapy star and model Carmen Carrera (a consultant on this series) is once again joined by transgender women Marisol, Alexia, Natalie, and Melina.

Tune in later this week for the third and final entry in the series, and be sure to catch Part 1 below if you've haven't already done so: