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Transgender Woman Comes Out To Her Mom With Dementia '100 Times A Year'

Mom gives the same incredible response each time.
Three generations of a family respond to a transgender coming out

"I'm the luckiest one of all because I get to come out to Mum a hundred times a year and every time she's beautiful."Tina came out as #transgender three and a half years ago and inspired her daughter to write a children's book at the same time.See her story: http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2015/s4341049.htm

Posted by 7.30 on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tina Healy gets to experience the personal milestone of coming out as transgender every few weeks. 

Healy, who hails from Australia, says that she tells her mother she identifies as trans "100 times a year." Healy's gender identity is always a surprise to her dementia-stricken mom, whose memory is fading. 

Family members were concerned about how Healy's coming out would impact her mother, given her declining health. Turns out, they didn't need to be worried.  

"When I told her I was a woman, she just looked at me and said, 'Oh, what do you know? I've got a beautiful new daughter!" Healy, 54, told ABC News. "I started to cry, and she pulled me to her shoulder and said 'Cry it out, dear. Cry it out.' My partner at the time cried as well."

Fortunately for Healy, who has identified as a woman since she was 4 years old, her mother "gives me just the same beautiful reaction that she did exactly the same, almost word for word, every time." 

"I’m kind of the luckiest one of all, because I get to come out to Mum 100 times a year, and every time, she’s beautiful," she told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Absolutely beautiful! 

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