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Trans Author: My Coming Out Made My Sons Better Men

"With enough love, almost anything is possible."

Coming out as transgender is a life-changing experience, but as freeing and exciting as the process can be, it's also one commonly riddled with fear and guilt. Dr.  Jenny Boylan knows this firsthand.

Boylan is a professor, activist and best-selling author who is now recognized often as Caitlyn Jenner's mentor on "I Am Cait." When Boylan transitioned more than 15 years ago, she worried how her identity would affect her family -- particularly her two sons. Sean and Zach were both under the age of 6 at the time and their young age was a central point of concern.

As it turns out, Boylan didn't need to worry about her transition shaping Sean and Zach negatively. In fact, as she states during an interview for "Oprah: Where Are They Now?", Boylan actually believes that her transition has in some ways helped both boys become better men. 

Jenny Boylan, second from left, came out as transgender more than a decade into her marriage. Today, Jenny says the fami
Jenny Boylan, second from left, came out as transgender more than a decade into her marriage. Today, Jenny says the family is as strong as ever.

"They have learned to stand up for the underdog," Boylan explains. "They have learned the importance of being true to yourself, what it means to be brave and to do the hard thing."

Sean and Zach are in their 20s now, and Boylan still gets teary when talking about the types of adults they've become.

"They're strong, courageous, but also very gentle, kind young men," she says. 

If anything, Boylan adds, the family's entire experience with her transition is proof of how powerful love can be.

"I think it shows that with enough love, almost anything is possible."

Boylan's full interview airs on "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" this Saturday, April 23, at 10 p.m. ET on OWN.

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