Politician on Transgender Son: ‘We’re Proud of Him’

More high profile individuals with transgendered children should speak out. Maybe then more awareness will help those in need.

When Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen talks about LGBT issues, she knows of what she speaks: Her son, Rodrigo, is transgender — and she’s his biggest fan.

The Republican Rep. — and only member of Congress with a transgender child — took to TV on Nov. 17, during Transgender Awareness Week, in a public show of support for her 28-year-old, born Amanda. She urged other parents of transgender kids to have as much pride in their sons and daughters as she has in the eldest of her four children and stepchildren. “We know Rigo as our child, whether it’s Amanda or now as Rodgrigo, he’s our son and we’re proud of him,” the politician declared in an interview with CBS 4 News Miami. “We’re very happy that our son is happy with who he is. And that’s a blessing to us.”

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