Transgender Woman Comes Out To Her Mother With Dementia Over And Over
Melbourne, Australia's Tina Healy was admittedly nervous when she realized she had to come out as transgender to her mother with dementia.
According to the Daily Mail, Tina's family even suggested she not bother telling her mom she identified as a woman as it could stress her mother.
But Tina knew she had to, and thankfully her mother's response to the news was absolutely perfect in every way. On hearing the news, Tina's mother reportedly told her,
What do you know? I've got a beautiful new daughter.
Healy, who transitioned when she was in her 50s after having four children with her ex-wife, claimed she comes out to her mother 100 times a year due to her mother's dementia, but she looks upon the task as a small privilege because her mother almost always gives that same response.
She told reporters,
I'm kind of the luckiest one of all because I get to come out to mum 100 times a year, and every time she's beautiful.
You can watch Healy's story here.
"I'm the luckiest one of all because I get to come out to Mum a hundred times a year and every time she's beautiful."... Posted by 7.30 on Tuesday, October 27, 2015
According to Tina, her former wife, Tess, knew Tina identified as a woman from the time they were in their 20s, but they thought they could overcome it as a couple.
They couldn't make it work, however, and eventually split, though they still remain good friends.
Like Tina's mother, the rest of her family has been incredibly supportive through her journey. She said she came out to all of her children individually, and her daughter even wrote a children's book featuring a transgender character named Teddy.
Since she's been more open about how she identifies, Tina said she feels calmer, less stressed and more peaceful than before.
Let's hope acceptance like this becomes standard worldwide.
Citations: What do you know Ive got a beautiful new daughter Transgender woman is forced to come out to her mum with dementia HUNDREDS of times but the mothers heartwarming response is always the same (Daily Mail), Meet the family who lost their father but gained so much more (ABC)