A nine-year-old transgender boy’s plea to his bullies has gone viral this week after his mother posted the message, along with a slideshow detailing and explaining his decision to transition, to her Facebook page.
In the video, Renée Fabish of Brisbane, Australia explains that her son Milla was diagnosed with gender dysphoria at a young age, and has experienced bullying at school ever since.
“I feel like I’m in the wrong body. I am having a really hard time at school at the moment. Kids tease me all of the time, they call me shim, gay girl and weirdo,” he says toward the end of the video. “People just don’t understand me, nobody wants to be my friend.”
Though Milla’s words seem heartbreaking, his mother’s crusade to help others understand his identity is inspiring.
“From as young as two Milla would refer to herself as girl-boy — a girl that liked boy things from very early on,” Renée explains. “Milla insisted on wearing boys undies, PJs and dress ups — we didn’t have a problem with that. Everyone told us it was just a phase. They’d say ’she’s just a tomboy — she’ll grow out of it’.”
“Her gender assigned at birth does not align with how she feels inside — Milla was born female but her brain identifies as male. It is not something she was talked into and it is not something she can be talked out of. It is what it is.”
Beginning at the 5:55 mark, a brave Milla offers a truce to those who’ve bullied him.
“I just want people to accept me for who I am,” he says. “I’m lucky to have an awesome family who support me 100% and I’ve decided to take the next step. From today, I want to live and be known as a boy. I hope I have your support.”
Check out the video below: