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."
"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:
I finally feel like a person now, as weird as that sounds. Before I felt so disconnected from everything, and nothi… https://t.co/qQVlLsEcGB— Sarah Grace 🏳️🌈 (@Sarah Grace 🏳️🌈)1543166222.0
I am like a cicada, transforming after years of being buried into a thing that sings and flies. #GoodAboutTrans— insects insects insects insects (@insects insects insects insects)1543161256.0
Knowing that people really see you when they get your pronouns right. Knowing they’ll stand for you when they kindl… https://t.co/1y4rihxGlQ— Phoenix Mandel (@Phoenix Mandel)1543170988.0
I am happy that I was born trans and not cis. Not everyone feels like that, but I do. I'm happy to be trans becau… https://t.co/sRxXBTCMrz— insects insects insects insects (@insects insects insects insects)1543161532.0
Once you go through a gender transition, NOTHING scares you about being yourself anymore. What could possibly be mo… https://t.co/cwif52Tegr— Dr. Rachel McKinnon (@Dr. Rachel McKinnon)1543182789.0
@TransEthics @MavenOfMayhem I was just saying last night that you get to have a whole new body and a whole new rela… https://t.co/5nk5lOHWaQ— Charlie Jane Anders, Our Opinions Are Correct (@Charlie Jane Anders, Our Opinions Are Correct)1543182121.0
Trans people shared their own coming out stories, as did friends and family of trans people.
Coming out to friends and family was an extremely vulnerable act. Sharing my truth helped the people in my life ope… https://t.co/ODP8JLiXCN— lauphelle (@lauphelle)1543158118.0
Having a nonbinary teenager has changed my life in wonderful & unexpected ways! They opened my mind to the complexi… https://t.co/zPk9jvVTfJ— Tricia Carmichael (@Tricia Carmichael)1543164705.0
I was raising a straw doll until my transgender son came out. Now he is full of life, joy, authenticity. And, I hav… https://t.co/7FKI2GE2IL— Tammy Plunkett (@Tammy Plunkett)1543183619.0
When I came out as Trans all of my friends and family told me the same thing, that they could see in my eyes I was… https://t.co/iSj1sp3IFN— ♥Michelle.Riley♥ (@♥Michelle.Riley♥)1543153986.0
It’s been nearly 5yrs since my daughter came out as trans. Today, at 16, she leads a typical teenage life. She goes… https://t.co/54DGWu97ea— Amanda Jette Knox (@Amanda Jette Knox)1543151701.0
Trans and gender nonconforming readers, as well as friends and family: What do you think is good about being trans?