One Family Shares Their Son's Brave Story

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When Jeff and Hillary Whittington welcomed their daughter Ryland in 2007, they had no idea about the journey they were about to embark on. At the age of 3, Ryland would tell family and friends that she was boy. Many told the Whittingtons that this was a phase, and that their daughter was simply a "tomboy." For a while the couple believed what they were told, but after years of tear-filled conversations, they realized Ryland was transgendered; that while their child was born with female anatomy, she identified with that of a boy. Seeking guidance from experts and professionals, the Whittingtons were able to help Ryland transform from a scared, sad girl into a happy boy. Grab your tissues before watching the video of Ryland's — and his family's — brave and beautiful journey.