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The second video in The Scene’s ‘affirmation’ series features loving parents of trans kids.
A new video from The Scene highlights one of the purest, most wonderful things in the world: a parent’s love for their child.
In late 2016, the site released a heartwarming video of dads and their daughters sharing some affirmations in front of a mirror. They’re back again with a new video, this time featuring transgender children and their parents.
What makes the video so powerful, so exceptional, is that for many trans kids, love is a hard thing to come by — even from their own parents. But it’s amazing what the power of love can do.
The world can be pretty cruel to trans people, and as a result, they experience negative and often life-altering outcomes — unemployment, homelessness, suicide attempts, poverty, and more — at a disproportionately high rate compared to the rest of the population.
But according to a 2012 study, trans youth with accepting parents are three times less likely to have depression, they reported having high self-esteem at nearly five times the rate of kids who aren’t accepted by their families, and they are more than 14 times less likely to attempt suicide.
Simply put, the best thing you can do as a parent — whether or not your child is trans — is to love them, accept them, and yes, affirm them for who they are.
Because let’s be real: Growing up is hard enough as it is. Why make it any harder than it needs to be? Trans rights and acceptance — especially as it concerns trans kids — is in a very murky place right now. They need our help and our love, now more than ever before.
The one thing that parents and allies alike can do to show support for trans kids is to get informed.
A great place to start is PFLAG’s “Our Trans Loved Ones: Questions and Answers for Parents, Family, and Friends of People who are Transgender and Gender Expansive” guide, and feel free to check out our list of 15 things you can do right now to help trans kids. But most of all, just show them the same love you’d show any child.