Grab your tissues.
In a society where being transgender is slowly becoming acceptable, coming out can still be a difficult and nerve-wracking moment for some transgender individuals. Reactions from people, especially loved ones, vary from denial to indifferent to acceptance.
Tina Healy is a transgender woman from Melbourne who has always known she was transgender. But, like many others, she kept it secret for the sake of her children. Her former partner had also known, but both were "idealistic" and thought they could look past it. Eventually, they went their separate ways, but remained friends.
Tina completely transitioned in her 50s, and when she decided to finally come out to her mother, there were some concerns. Her mother has dementia and Tina's family worried that the stress might be too much.
But when she finally came out?
"Well, what do you know? I've got a beautiful new daughter," her mother said to her.
It's the sweetest and warmest response to such a news. Immediate acceptance, and no questions asked.
But due to her dementia, her mother would always forget. So, every couple of weeks, Tina visited her mother and confessed that she's transgender. And the reaction was the same each time, without fail.
"I'm kind of the luckiest one of all because I get to come out to Mum 100 times a year, and every time, she's beautiful," Tina said in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
The Daily Mail
Tina's mother isn't the only member of the family who greeted her news with love and acceptance; her daughter, Jessica Walton, wrote a children's book with her partner that had a transgender child named Teddy, to help their son better understand their family.
"What's really nice with little kids is when you read them a story that reflects your family, you know that they're able to identify themselves in that story," Jessica said.
Since coming out, although the family did go through a state of grieving, Tina feels that her family is closer than ever.
"My life is so different. I mean, I can be myself. I'm not as anxious anymore. I don't worry as much. I'm much more peaceful and calm. I'm happy," said Tina.
It just goes to show that there's no greater love than that of a mother.
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Source: The Daily Mail