Tonight, NBC Nightly News will launch a series on transgender kids and share the personal experiences of two families.
A description of the program for this evening reads, “When Mimi and Joe Lemay’s baby was born in 2010, they heard the three words every parent waits to hear: ‘It’s a girl.’ But by age two, their child was saying ‘I’m a boy.’ Mimi hoped this ‘obsession with being a boy would go away,’ but it only grew stronger.”
Now, in an incredibly moving interview, they share in their own words why they supported their five-year-old transgender son Jacob in his transition.
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.
For a child like Jacob, having supportive adults can make a huge difference, which is why HRC Foundation programs like Welcoming Schools and the annual Time to THRIVE conference work to help educators, counselors and other youth-serving professionals understand and address the needs of LGBTQ youth.
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 Mimi and Joe Lemay’s baby was born in 2010, they heard the three words every parent waits to hear: “It’s a girl.” But by age two, their child was saying “I’m a boy.” Mimi hoped this “obsession with being a boy would go away,” but it only grew stronger. Now, in a rare and candid interview, they share in their own words why they decided to let their five-year-old transgender son Jacob transition and live publicly as a boy.NBC’s Kate Snow will have more on Transgender Kids beginning Tuesday night on Nightly News.Posted by NBC Nightly News on Monday, April 20, 2015