Yesterday, Congressman Mike Honda (CA-17) opened up about his support for his transgender granddaughter and the transgender community.

Honda tweeted, “As the proud grandpa of a transgender grandchild, I hope she can feel safe at school without fear of being bullied.”

Honda, who is founder and chair of the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus, also spoke about his granddaughter at the Courageous Conversation symposium earlier this year.  “As both an individual, and as an educator, I have experienced and witnessed bullying in its many forms,” he said. “And as the proud jichan, or grandpa, of a transgender grandchild, I hope that my granddaughter can feel safe going to school without fear of being bullied. I refuse to be a bystander while millions of people are dealing with the effects of bullying on a daily basis.”

Honda has a stellar record on LGBT equality, earning a 100 percent on the HRC Congressional Scorecard every year he’s been in Congress. He is a co-sponsor on the Student Non-Discrimination Act and the Respect for Marriage Act. He has also publicly supported marriage equality since at least 2000, when only a handful of public officials did so. 

Coming out -- whether it is as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or allied -- is a deeply personal journey. As a grandparent of an openly transgender grandchild, Congressman Honda has embraced this journey by sharing his love and acceptance with others.


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