The Trans United Fund has released a moving video in time for Mother's Day that calls attention to the ignorance trangender people face every day—and spotlights the love and support some are fortunate enough to feel from their families.
In it, three moms speak about their experiences as the parent of a trans child, and how anti-LGBT legislation and hate speech from politicians has affected them.
"The assault, the deaths, the suicides... she's my heart. I don't want to lose her," says one mom, holding back tears. "Come meet us—meet my child. There is no need for this fear."
"I tell her, 'I love who you are. Don't be scared, don't be concerned. Never,'" says another. "Because I am with you."
The video was directed by award-winning filmmaker Melissa Regan (No Dumb Questions) and producers are hoping to raise $20,000 to "saturate the media" with this message of love. You can donate here.
"For too long, the voices of bullies who play to the public's worst fears and demonize our community have been the loudest," says TUF chair Hayden Mora. "For too long, trans people and our families have been kept out of the spotlight for fear that the truth of our lives would be 'off message.'"
Mora says the video celebrates "a different kind of politics—one based on hope and love and rooted in the goal of bringing our country together not tearing it apart."