On Thursday, 20-year-old Leah told her Twitter followers she planned to tell her father and grandmother she’s transgender. You might think an 86-year-old grandma would be uneasy with the news, but she accepted Leah with open arms and said: “You’ve always been so kind and sensitive. Now I see femininity in those memories. I’m proud of you for recognizing who you are and living as your true self. You’re a beautiful woman and, no matter who you become, I love you.”
"You've always been so kind and sensitive. Now I see femininity in those memories. I'm proud of you for recognizing who you are and living as your true self. You're a beautiful woman and, no matter who you become, I love you." — my 86-year-old grandmother, learning I'm trans pic.twitter.com/3NYY1o0s17
— ☭⚧ Fullmetal Leninist ⚧☭ (@newdialectic) May 10, 2018
Her kind words moved many.
Leah said her grandmother told her that the many responses her words received “fills her with hope that the world has become so compassionate since she was [Leah’s] age.”
Then it was time for Leah to share her truth with her dad.
Her father also responded lovingly, telling her, “Loving you means supporting you, even if it’ll be a learning experience for me.” (He also complimented her on her makeup!)
Me: "So… you can learn to see me as a woman?"
Dad: "Of course. You're my child and I love you. Loving you means supporting you, even if it'll be a learning experience for me."
Also my dad SEAMLESSLY called me Leah just now! He's getting it! I love him!
— ☭⚧ Fullmetal Leninist ⚧☭ (@newdialectic) May 11, 2018
Viewers were equally moved: One Twitter user wrote, “You’re dad is #goals!” Another wrote, “You have such a sweet family.”
Leah says she feels “blessed” and “overwhelmed” by her family’s support and the outpouring of love she’s received from strangers across the Internet. “Thank you everyone who’s been following along,” she tweeted. “Sometimes, if only for a few moments, the world is a compassionate place.”
P.S.: Leah says her dogs accept her, too.