Heartwarming video shows a dad cutting his trans son’s hair ahead of a job interview
A heartwarming moment between a transgender man and his father is teaching the internet how trans acceptance can be shown in small but meaningful ways.
When Ezekiel Acosta first came out as transgender it was a difficult time for him and his parents. Now, three years into his transition, he shared a touching father-son moment which shows how much his situation has changed.
A video of his father trimming his hair and beard for him in preparation for a job interview has now gone viral online.
“When I first came out as trans my parents didn’t know wtf to do with me, almost 3 years into my transition and my dad’s out here giving me a fade and trimming my beard in the backyard,” he wrote.
“If you needed a sign that things get better here it is.”
When I first came out as trans my parents didn’t know wtf to do with me, almost 3 years into my transition and my dad’s out here giving me a fade and trimming my beard in the backyard. If you needed a sign that things get better here it is pic.twitter.com/c2ijciqaS1
— patojito hermoso (@TransTramposo) August 20, 2019
Acosta admits: “I’ve lost a lot of family and friends on my journey, [but] things get better in terms of self love and surrounding yourself with a support system no matter what that looks like.
“And yes he did f**k up my hair but that’s not the point.”
The three-second video garnered more than 48,000 likes and has been retweeted more than 5,000 times.
Your dad is a hero and a fine example to you sir.
— Joy (@joyinmalibu) August 21, 2019
This shit made me tear up bro! Happy for you!! ?
— Arnoldo! (@TheArnoldoAyala) August 20, 2019
My parents were devastated when I came out. They tried to change my mind and purposefully didn’t use my pronouns. In January my dad took my to my top surgery that my mom helped throw a huge bake sale to pay for.
— Jude ? (@judemikulich) August 21, 2019
Acosta told Good Morning America: “That moment for me was not only my dad accepting me as a man, you know… but also about, I guess, a tribute to all the men out there who, despite not having fathers growing up, became great dads.”
He noted the difficulties he faced in coming out to his Latino family and the need for greater trans visibility within his community.
“I feel like this is a larger conversation that needs to be had because Latino families typically don’t really have the vocabulary in which to talk about having trans kids or having trans family members or what that even means for the family,” he said.
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“There’s not a lot of representation of trans men that are Latinos, so I never really felt like trans was something I could identify as.”
He added: “Our communities don’t really understand that there are brown trans people out there and what it means to be trans and having a conversation on that would be beneficial for future generations.”