Trans Teen Overcome With Emotion As His Classmates Surprise Him By Raising Money For Him To Legally Change His Name
A heartwarming TikTok has been circulating the internet, showing a trans teen that was given a beautiful birthday surprise by his classmates, causing him to break down in tears.
Andi Bernabe was already surprised to find a choir room full of friends and classmates on his 18th birthday:
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"They've been planning this for a month. You're abt to see why," reads the caption.
Within no time at all, the reason is revealed.
"Since you're like a legal adult," a classmate who walked over said, "we kinda raised enough money for you to change your name."
@komahina__ @FunkyRacc00n WHY DID THIS MAKE ME CRY— ashley ? (@ashley ?)1581189547.0
@komahina__ @S4HDM4DH1 To the people who were involved in this video: https://t.co/XHUlibhvLl— 🎀push (@🎀push)1581128305.0
@komahina__ @GenyasScar I IMMEDIATELY STARTED TO CRY I- https://t.co/se9fNlBScD— TIME (@TIME)1581136472.0
@komahina__ @shawnteldotco https://t.co/hJj8z5yYzy— ☃️Chuckles the silly piggy❄️ (@☃️Chuckles the silly piggy❄️)1581259069.0
@komahina__ WHEN THEY SAID “we raised money for you to change your name” MY JAW DROPPED AND I STARTED TO CRY IMMEDI… https://t.co/tIEkaCuslg— #icanteven (@#icanteven)1581190496.0
After receiving the envelope, Andi bursts into tears.
The video blew up on Tik Tok and has over 944,000 likes.
@komahina__ When they saw their friends singing happy birthday : 😊🥺🥰🤗 When they got their present: https://t.co/A8qQRaOKVw— Rubi. (@Rubi.)1581157500.0
@komahina__ https://t.co/4BjzMMAAqP— ༺ 𝔊𝔬𝔱𝔥 𝔍𝔞𝔣𝔞𝔯 ༻ (@༺ 𝔊𝔬𝔱𝔥 𝔍𝔞𝔣𝔞𝔯 ༻)1581198737.0
@komahina__ @Anna_DeNight Happy birthday to you Andi and I hope everything in your life is all that you hope for ca… https://t.co/NLrLe6OmOQ— ☆ ℬ𝓇𝒾𝒶𝓃𝓃𝒶☆ (@☆ ℬ𝓇𝒾𝒶𝓃𝓃𝒶☆)1581142051.0
@komahina__ We need the arts in school! This is so sweet and an example of how to be exceptional allies. Everybody… https://t.co/GlBpJRs5Kz— Jacob (@Jacob)1581140350.0
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Bernabe, who's from the greater Dallas area, says that he had "no clue at all, not even hints."
"They made this fake paper birth certificate and they all signed it," Bernabe told Yahoo! Lifestyle.
"I obviously dropped down to the floor and started crying. It was overwhelming honestly, I couldn't believe they actually did it, especially since it's $300. I was planning on getting a job to pay for it, and just putting a little bit away every month."
@komahina__ @sunnyhhobi I cried 🥺😭— STEFFY⁷ (@STEFFY⁷)1581144685.0
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@komahina__ https://t.co/TJPrz6vi46— Biological Female Penis ⚧ (@Biological Female Penis ⚧)1581173879.0
@komahina__ Kids are so good. I’m wrecked 😭💖— Alexandria Neonakis - ECCC X6 (@Alexandria Neonakis - ECCC X6)1581181091.0
@komahina__ @hanneskun My face when they revealed they raised money for his name change https://t.co/hY5NQVuMOq— Elena Maybe 🎮 (@Elena Maybe 🎮)1581142372.0
$300 is roughly the fee for a name change in Texas.
The party the group planned for him was also in celebration of this big step in Bernabe's life.
"All the decorations were 'It's a boy!'-themed. The cake was strawberry and they put blue icing on top," he said. "The joke was, 'Oh, we accidentally made a pink cake for a girl but it turned out to be a boy'."
@komahina__ @LOV3JONES31 Was not prepared for the emotions I just felt. Wow this is awesome ❤️❤️❤️— Monique Samuels (@Monique Samuels)1581190974.0
Texas has been notably unfriendly to its transgender residents, continually denying transgender citizens equal protections under the law, and seeing a number of transgender homicides in major metropolitan areas.
This small show of kindness is a step in the right direction for Texas and its future citizens.