The video of a mother giving her young teenager the first doses of hormones needed to continue a transgender transformation has gone viral.
The video, first posted to YouTube, explained that the teen had been waiting 2-1/2 years for doctors to approve the hormone treatments, and had been waiting months for a “readiness letter” to be sent to doctors in Chicago.
The mother went on to note that the teen “had no idea on a timeline of when it would actually happen.”
Mom picked up the hormone medicine when the teen was at school, and sprang the news later that evening, while recording the teen’s reactions.
“Sorry, I had to stop recording because we were both blubbering, sobbing fools,” the mother wrote.
The video was picked up by Buzzfeed and soon went viral, gaining over 2 million views in only three days.
The mom told BuzzFeed that the incident was “the most pivotal turning point in [the child’s] life, and we both knew it.” She also said that if there is any negative backlash, it would be worth it to help even one child.
A 2010 study by an official at the Census Department concluded that one in every 3,300 Americans has changed their name to a name associated with the other sex.
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