The way these dads talk about loving their trans kids is enough to melt any heart (VIDEO)

Joseph McCormick July 21, 2016
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A new video has been unveiled in which dads talk about being a parent to their transgender children.

The fathers speak about their kids in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation video released this week.


They include JR Ford of Washington, D.C.; Joe Ghartey of New York; Wayne Maines of Maine, whose family’s story was also featured in a recent best-selling book, “Becoming Nicole,” and Keith Thomas, of North Carolina, the home of HB2.

“Supportive parents can make all the difference in the lives and wellbeing of transgender children,” said Jay Brown, HRC’s Communications Director. “As a transgender man blessed with loving parents, including an amazing father, I know first-hand the comfort and courage these fathers bring to their children. In a world that so often hurls insults and condones bullying, these dads exemplify love of family and a steadfast commitment to the health and safety of the children they cherish.”

“As more and more people realize the humanity and dignity of transgender people of all ages, the mean-spirited and dangerous attacks we have seen from anti-LGBTQ activists and some politicians will grow increasingly unpopular and unsustainable,” Brown continued.

The dads also raise concerns that their kids will grow up with fewer rights and opportunities, compared to their peers.

In an op-ed published with the Dads for Transgender Equality video, one of the fathers, Maines says: “Transgender children and adults are the strongest and most courageous people I have ever met, but I worry about my daughter’s future every day. I worry because, to this day, transgender people are denied the same rights as their peers. I worry because transgender people face significant fear and discrimination. […] I worry because some Republican politicians have decided that it’s good politics to target a vulnerable group of people that includes my daughter.”

Watch the video below:

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