I know that the question is what would you do as a parent to a transgender child, however, I would like to address the issue from the point of view of the transgender child. I started presenting as male at the age of 20. When I started transitioning, I felt scared and lost. I didn't want to be different and stand out. I knew that people would be mean and say hurtful things because of either their beliefs or their fear of difference. The one thing that kept me strong and motivated was the support that I got from my parents. They didn't understand what I was going through when I came to them, but they took the time to research everything with me and listen to me if I needed them to. I am now 24 and getting ready to start a family of my own. Everyday I ask myself how I am going to explain myself to my children. The only way I can is to be open and honest, the way I want them to be with me. In the end, I am a much happier, healthier person for transitioning and that will make my family happier and healthier, as well.
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