We’d like to introduce you to an amazing 7-year-old transgender girl named Avery Jackson.
Jackson is blowing the Internet away with her amazing story of transition and the beautiful family who has supported her every step of the way.
In her first four-minute video diary called “Avery Chat”, Jackson explains how she knew that she was a girl and the fear she had about telling her parents about her transgender identity. She then revealed how she eventually shared her identity with her parents.
Debi Jackson, Avery’s mother, had never heard of the term “transgender” before her Google search. Both Debi and her husband, Tom, have been steadfast supporters of their daughter throughout her transition.
They initially took Avery to a child psychologist after she announced her gender identity and agreed to follow the psychologist’s advice: Let her be a girl.
Debi Jackson has followed in her daughter’s footsteps by combating ignorant and hateful comments about transgender persons with humor and Bible verses in a speech that has gone viral.
“People look at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart. My daughter is a girl in her heart. She knows it, God knows it, and that’s good enough for me,” she said.
“I love my daughter for who she is without preconditions,” writes Avery’s father in an essay for The New York Times, “and I promise to help nurture her into becoming a happy, healthy and productive member of society. After all, isn’t that our jobs as parents?”