A mother in Louisville, Kentucky, has honored her son’s coming out as transgender and his 20th birthday with an “It’s a Boy” themed photo shoot, which is winning hearts around the world after it quickly went viral.
Heather Lundberg Green first shared the photos on Facebook with a message of love and support. After only a week, her post has been shared more than 15,000 times.
Her son, Adrian, is a student at the University of Louisville. He came out to his mom and his younger brother Lucas in September.
“Honestly when he told me he was transitioning, I was determined to support him through his journey, but I had no idea how,” Green tells NewNowNext. “I have always had many friends in the LGBTQ community and still I wasn’t sure what steps I should take as his mother, or even what an appropriate response was outside of, ’I still love you.'”
The idea for the shoot came about, she says, because she thought “just as I have celebrated many other milestones in his life, this one seemed natural to honor as well.”
“I wanted to prove to Adrian that there is support for him beyond what he saw,” she continues, noting the alarming statistics around suicide attempts in the transgender community, and that research shows trans kids who grow up in affirming households fair better than those who don’t.
“After we had time to begin the transition and to become more comfortable with this new journey, I wanted to share this important moment with my friends.”
Green adds that she “hoped that it would move them to share it with their friends so that people could see that it is perfectly acceptable to surround a transition with joy and love” and not the “ostracizing and dysphoria” that many experience.
And it looks like her actions are already having an impact on parents whose children have also recently come out as transgender.
“Several people have asked if they could steal the idea, to which I respond, ’Of course, please do!’ I am truly honored that so many people have shared my post; it means the world to my family!” Green says, adding that the outpouring of support to her photo shoot has been “empowering and uplifting.”
“There is still so much good in this world, and there is an entire community of people outside of the LGBTQIA community who do support and are willing to show that love and acceptance. Of the thousands of messages we have received, only one person has reached out in hate…that says a lot!”
Adrian told Good Morning America that coming out to so many people, via the viral nature of the post, was “a little scary but exciting,” adding that he has “made some awesome friends along the way because of this post.”
“It was a good time and it made me feel really great to have such an amazing family that would support me like this.”