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Josh Parsons is a London teenager who surprised his parents in an extremely creative way. As they slept Josh left them a note in which he came out as transgender. Overnight, he shaved his head, rearranged his room, and filled his closets with a whole new wardrobe. The next morning, he was prepared to greet his parents as their son.


Josh's mother explained that she and her husband were surprised but supportive.

At the end of the day, she knew that it's all about her child's happiness, saying:

"He has shaved his head and is happier than I've ever seen him."

Josh explained:

"I think I've always known since I was, since I started secondary school that I wanted to be a boy. Because I felt more happier being myself."

And his mother added:

"Advice I'd give to parents who are going through this, who have a transgender child, is just support them. They're gonna have good and bad days, but just be there for them and answer their questions as best as you can."
Inside Edition had the chance to interview them both.

Teen Transitions Overnight and Leaves Note for Parents Saying He's Transgender www.youtube.com


There is a lot of necessary focus on trans people who lose family and support after coming out, but sharing the happier stories is also important. Those stories give trans people struggling with their identities a bit of hope for their futures.

The hashtag #GoodAboutTrans began to trend on Twitter:







Trans people shared their own coming out stories, as did friends and family of trans people.






Trans and gender nonconforming readers, as well as friends and family: What do you think is good about being trans?

H/T: Inside Edition, Twitter

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