Monday 19 February 2018

Transgender woman comes out to mother with dementia 'every few weeks': 'she gives me the same beautiful reaction every time'

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

Transgender Australian woman Tina Healy has to come out to her mother again and again due to her mother's advanced dementia.

Healy works as an advocate for Gender Diversity Australia in Melbourne, Australia.

She told ABC that her mother accepted her with love the first time she came out, and every time since.

"And she said - at the end of it, she said... 'I've got a beautiful new daughter.' And I cried on her shoulder... it was wonderful."

"I go and see Mum every few weeks and she's forgotten each time, and every time I tell her again, she gives me just the same beautiful reaction, 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."

Healy came out as transgender in her fifties after one marriage, four children and a number of grandchildren. She says her partner Tess knew about her gender issues before they married.

"I think in your 20s, you're idealistic and we thought, "Oh, I can beat this... But of course it doesn't go away".

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