This video of parents and their trans children reading affirmations will make you tear up
It is so important for parents to accept their children.
As many as 40 percent of the entire homeless youth population is LGBTQ, with family rejection as the primary cause.
These homeless LGBT youths are more likely to be victims of crime than their straight counterparts.
And according to research carried out across the US, 75 percent of trans youth feel unsafe at school because of their identity.
Around 45 percent of trans youth have attempted suicide.
So this video of parents getting their trans children to read out affirmations like “I am courageous” and “I am magic” is just as vital as it is beautiful.
Five pairs of parents and children take part in the video, repeating phrases to each other like: “I am loved deeply and unconditionally, just as I am.”
They then hug, giggle, and generally show their love for each other.
Seriously, I can’t be the only one crying here.
Made by The Scene, a video production company whose tagline is: “Videos for women who get it,” the parents and children also tell each other: “I believe in acceptance for everyone.”
They continue: “I am young, and I can change the world.”
One woman tells her son: “Even if it doesn’t feel true, remember, that’s what an affirmation is,” one woman tells her son.
“We say something because we want to work on feeling good about ourselves, okay?”
And it’s hard to avoid feeling better about yourself and the state of the world after hearing parents and trans children tell one another: “I am epic.
“I get back up.
“This body is strong.
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“I am who I am.
“I know who I am.
“I am beautiful.”
These affirmations are particularly crucial following Donald Trump’s decision earlier this year to dismantle legal protections for trans children in public schools.
And the importance of allowing trans children to socially transition was shown in February, when a three-year study concluded that enabling them to do so “prevents depression and anxiety”.
Check out the full video below: