Tonight, NBC Nightly News will continue its series on transgender youth with the story of Malisa, the 8-year-old granddaughter of Congressman Mike Honda (CA-17).
Earlier this year, Honda opened up about his support for his transgender granddaughter and the transgender community when he tweeted, “As the proud grandpa of a transgender grandchild, I hope she can feel safe at school without fear of being bullied.” The interview tonight features Malisa and her parents Michelle (Honda’s daughter) and Travis.
Last night, the program shared the story of Jacob, a five-year-old transgender boy. In the interview, Jacob’s parents, Mimi and Joe Lemay, opened up about their own experience supporting their son’s transition and embracing his true identity.
As more and more transgender people share their stories, the public’s understanding of gender identity and expression builds. Stories like this, as well as other trans youth like Jazz Jennings and Ryland, are vital to the public’s understanding of the experience of trans youth and their families.
HRC is committed to providing the kinds of resources children, families and other youth-serving professionals need to support one another in their journeys. View HRC’s resources on transgender children and youth here.
When California Congressman Mike Honda tweeted a photo of himself smiling next to his 8-year-old granddaughter in February, it immediately went viral. “As the proud grandpa of a transgender grandchild,” he wrote, “I hope she can feel safe at school without fear of being bullied.” Now, in an emotional interview, Honda’s daughter, Michelle, and her husband Travis talk about why they decided to allow their daughter Malisa to transition and live as a girl.NBC’s Kate Snow will have more on transgender kids Wednesday night on #NBCNightlyNews.Posted by NBC Nightly News on Tuesday, April 21, 2015