Mom Supporting Her 9-Year-Old Transgender Daughter Is Absolute Goals | 22 Words

In spite of bigotry, the trans community is thriving in some places - as this adorable story proves.

This is a beacon of hope for the rapidly growing LGBTQ+ community.

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Here's the full story...

Since the birth of Gay Pride in 1969, millions have marched for gay rights and the LGBTQ+ community...

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And the movement is showing no signs of slowing down today.

We've come a long way.

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Here in the States, the LGBTQ+ community is bigger and prouder than ever before.

In Congress, we now have a number of openly-gay and trans congressmen and women...

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And, in 2015, the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage as a legal right across the country.

Obviously, this was a landmark moment in the community's fight for equality.

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Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that the plaintiffs asked:

"For equal dignity in the eyes of the law - the Constitution grants them that right."

Fast forward 6 years, and the community is thriving...

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So much so that it is bigger than ever before.

In fact, according to a recent poll...

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A record number of Americans identify as LGBTQ+.

A new Gallup report has produced some interesting findings on how the youth of America identify...

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The results were based on more than 15,000 interviews conducted with adults eighteen and older throughout 2020.

According to the survey, an estimated 5.6 percent of Americans identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer.

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This is a huge jump from last year's results that showed just 4.5 percent had reported to identify in such a way.

And it seems as if support for the community is more apparent than ever...

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As this story proves.

One mom, Anne Bruinn, has opened up about the reality of parenting a trans daughter.

Hubby knows me too well. He didn’t fall for it. DAMN! Happy April Fooling!

Posted by Anne Bruinn on Wednesday, 1 April 2020

She lives with Ryder in Vancouver, Canada.

"At first, I thought, 'it's just a phase' because that's what people kept saying," Anne explained to POPSUGAR.

I just made Ryder pay $1 for one of these shortbread spoon cookies! LOL! I’m selling them at the Scandinavian Centre...

Posted by Anne Bruinn on Saturday, 16 November 2019

"You hear that a lot from people. Kids go through phases, sure."

"There's the toddler rant phase and the teenage phase, but beyond that, there's something deeper."

Posted by Anne Bruinn on Sunday, 8 March 2020

"When Ryder wanted to wear dresses and ponytails to preschool, I let her because it made her happy. I told her people might think it strange, but that she was going to be their teacher and show them it's OK for people to wear what they want and be happy."

"In the early years I was scared, worried, and anxious. But you can't show that or else your kids catch on and then they are worried."

Posted by Anne Bruinn on Sunday, 8 March 2020

"So I slapped on a smile and learned how to shrug [things off]. If people rejected my child, I used to be offended. Now I just feel sorry for them because they will never know the joy of Ryder."

" It must be so lonely living in a stifling box like that. Negativity has never been my go-to, so it's easy to keep at bay. If I don't live in the light and ooze positivity, how can my children learn to be positive?"

Posted by Anne Bruinn on Monday, 3 August 2020

"People are who they are and there's no need for a psychiatrist to read into anything."

"In the next few years we will have to decide if we are going to put her on hormone blockers so at that point we will need a psych assessment just to get her into the gender clinic."

Posted by Anne Bruinn on Monday, 3 August 2020

"But that's neither here nor there at this point. She is who she is and no assessment is going to reveal anything outlandish."

"I told her early on she can wear whatever she wants, as long as she's comfortable and can handle whatever backlash comes her way."

Posted by Anne Bruinn on Monday, 3 August 2020

"It's important to normalize every experience for kids. If she was missing a limb, that would be our normal. If she had allergies, that would be our normal. There are all different kinds of people and children in the world, and somewhere there is someone else who is 'normal' just like you."

"I casually asked Ryder a few years ago if she wanted to change pronouns."

Look who’s 9!! Seen here sending Gramm Lorraine Stiefenhofer a text. LOL! She is taking some friends to a movie this afternoon, then we’ll have Oreo ice cream cake.

Posted by Anne Bruinn on Friday, 2 August 2019

"She said yes, so since then I have tried to stick to that. I ask her every six months or so, just to see if she's changed her mind. At some point, she may just want to be a boy and then we'll switch pronouns again. We are all learning as we go and rolling with the tides."

"If anyone — even a relative or the other parent — endangers your child's feelings of self-worth, then it's up to you to shield them."

Happy International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia! Everyone deserves love and respect. 💞💗 ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

Posted by Anne Bruinn on Friday, 17 May 2019

"I would never allow my child to be around people who didn't accept her for who she is, and that includes family members who scoffed when she wore a dress. My kids come first. Always and forever."

Hear, hear!