Looking at videos and photos of Nichol from a few years ago, it’s hard to recognize the woman she is today.
For 20 years, she lived life as a transgender man who went by the name Esco in the clubs and streets of Los Angeles where she was known for partying, violence and drug dealing.
“I had, what they call street cred. I had people that would do things for me. It was a lot of a power trip and a mindset that I had, kind of like an alter ego,” she confesses — something that seemed to help her leave behind the rejection she once felt.
Nichol says she was five years old when a family member began to rape her. The abuse continued for three years. “He would use torture tactics as a way to get me not to disclose the abuse and it altered my personality and so, I was kind of like, withdrawn,” she tells CBN’s 700 Club.
When she was 8 years old, her mother became a Christian and started taking her to church. Nichol was baptized and as she grew up, church became her outlet—and an environment where she was nurtured and mentored. But during her senior year in high school, Nichol says she was involved in a conflict with a few members from the congregation that she had once admired.
“I didn’t want anything to do with church after that situation. I was looking up to leaders at a certain standard and putting them on a pedestal that I should have been more focused on God. But, I didn’t have a relationship that was so solidified like that,” she continues.
So, after graduation, she looked for love and acceptance in other places.
“I went to meet a young man on a party line and there was a lesbian girl over there who lived just like a man. So, she was transgender, and I’d mistaken her for being the guy that I was going to meet. And the guy that I went to meet, there was absolutely no love connection,” Nichol shares.
She and the other woman hit it off.
“She was telling me about a club in Hollywood and she invited me to go to this lesbian club and I took her up on the offer. And when I went to the club, it allured me. It was like lights, camera, action. There were celebrities there. And it just drew me in because homosexuality is camouflaged as acceptance,” Nichol says.
Within three months’ time, in 1995, she dropped out of college and began embracing a new masculine identity and same-sex relationships.
Despite her waywardness, in the eyes of her mother Yvette, she was a daughter that needed unconditional love and fervent prayer. “ I knew she was out there doing drugs. I knew she was drinking. So when I would see her come, I would be so grateful to God that she came home in one piece,” remembers her mother.
“And when she would get in the house, I would take advantage of that moment and take blessed oil and put it on my hands and just rub her down with oil. And I would command Satan to loose his hold on my child.”
To see how she got free from the grip of perversion and bondage, watch her remarkable testimony featured in the video below.
Nichol says she is proof that the power of prayer prevails. Today, she’s a confident woman, who finds acceptance in God.
“It means the world to me that God would beautify me. God is a deliverer. Don’t give up on your family members, don’t stop praying. And if it’s you who is in bondage, all you have to do is cry out to the Lord and He’ll turn your life around,” she says.
SOURCE: CBN 700 Club