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Trans Men Bring Their Parents To Pride, Inspire Touching Moment

20140603-oall-411-ep-guide-949x534The Oprah Winfrey Network documents just how far the parents of two transgender men have come in this week’s episode of Our America.

Three years after investigating the lives and transitions of trans men Ty and Landon, host Lisa Ling caught up with them while attending San Francisco’s Pride parade with their parents. Ty and Landon seem to be doing great, and their parents seem to be doing even better.

At the beginning of the segment below, Ty recalls the first time he attended a gay pride parade. “Maybe one day my family will come to this,” he said.

In the update episode that aired this week, Ty got all he wished for and so much more. His mother, Kim, sat down to tell him she’s found inspiration in his transition:

“You’ve always known who you are and who you wanted to be. And just in the last three years, the man that you have become, that’s why I’ve quit my job and gone back to school. You have inspired me so much.”

Check out a clip from Our America below, and head over to Oprah.com for more info on the episode.

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50 Comments

  • 1EqualityUSA

    Ty is going to cause nerve damage with that needle placement. Upper outer quadrant, feel for the hip bone.

  • litper

    Are they gay? If they’re nothing but a pair of bull dykes who want to adapt to heteronormative society, then there’s nothing to be proud of.

  • corvaspikenard

    @litper: Comments like this make me feel terribly sad. There is nothing positive or helpful in this comment, its only goal to make trans men feel awful about themselves – and to make the poster of the comment feel good for attacking another human being.

    I hope you find peace from whatever is torturing you and making you lash out at strangers.

  • Chico

    @litper: you seem to be lacking knowledge on what it means to be trans and how it is separate from sexual orientation.

  • litper

    @Chico: @Chico: if it’s separate then stop mixing LGB with T. Heteronormative Ts is an anti-gay conservative movement. We should only support LGB trans people.

  • litper

    @corvaspikenard: no these lesbians feel awful because of their same-sex attraction and they want to please heteronormative society and change their gender so they can be “straight” too. That’s really awful.

  • hex0

    @litper:

    “We should only support LGB trans people.”

    Ugh no, I actually find that former gay men who transition to “straight women” and lesbians to “straight men” are far less entitled than the straights who transition to be “trans gay/lesbian”. A bunch of “trans lesbians” call real lesbians who don’t want sex with them bigots and coined the the term “cotton ceiling” because of this great injustice. Like you’ve been “gay” for like 5 minutes of your life and are already bossing us around…

  • litper

    @hex0: you can move to Iran then and enjoy your heteronormative trans paradise where gay men are forced to become straight women or face death. Thats all your trans activists wet dream!

  • hex0

    @litper:

    I don’t support trans being part of the LGB community and have often spoken against their nonsense on here. However if a self-loathing gay man wants to become a woman it’s their choice, and they’re not usually the ones attacking/harassing gay men and lesbians. That would be the former straight men and women who transition and find that being gay/lesbian isn’t as exotix/hip as they thought. They can’t wonder why a lesbian doesn’t want to suck a transwoman’s penis or why gay men don’t want vag.

  • Teeth

    Can anyone recommend a good couple of web sites that have LGB news and entertainment that aren’t obsessed with transexuals?

  • litper

    @Teeth: seems all sites are taken over by trans-propagandists. It’s just another tool of homophobes. If they can’t succeed in destroying the gay movement, they want to force heteronormativity on us by their trans propaganda.

  • litper

    @hex0: self-hating “trans” people are the ones constantly harrasing us. Their message is clear: all gay men must become women and have feminine interests, all lesbians must be like men and have masculine interests. All those who don’t abide by their rules are called “self-loathers” and “homophobes”.

  • corvaspikenard

    @Teeth: 24 articles on the front page and 3 are about trans issues.
    That’s ‘obsessed’? Really?

  • corvaspikenard

    @litper: “Their message is clear: all gay men must become women”

    Sorry, we don’t want you.
    Stay a man.

    Women have empathy and compassion; you have neither.

  • litper

    @corvaspikenard: 3/24 = more than 10%, that is trans occupation!!!

  • James Hart

    People are what they are. I wish we could stop judging others with regard to their sexual orientations or gender orientations. People are the way God made them. Just leave everyone alone. The only person you need to worry about is YOU.

  • litper

    @James Hart: there is no god. It’s not a surprise that a religious nut would defend trans activism. You lost your battle in trying to “change” their sexuality, now your last attempt is to force heterosexuality through propaganda of sex-change for gay people to “better fit God’s image”.

  • Lvng1tor

    @litper: Breathe…go for a walk, do a shot of tequila, smell a flower, breathe…….

  • Lvng1tor

    Btw it was an excellent episode of Our America w/Lisa Ling

  • GreatGatsby2011

    Holy crap!

    There’s been a dramatic increase in the number of bat sh!t crazy comments on this website over the past couple of weeks.

    Did some gay loony bin lose its funding and and have to release a bunch of mental patients or something?

  • litper

    @Lvng1tor: cut your dick! Be a proud trans-woman, and not “filthy” gay!

  • corvaspikenard

    @Teeth: How are we parasitic? I paid for my entire transition myself. The vast majority of our trans rights have been won by trans people, because our issues have been seen as too ‘extreme’ for many of the LGB.
    We are not parasitic in the slightest.
    Would you mind backing your statement up with some facts please?

  • corvaspikenard

    @litper: As I said, we don’t want you. You’d make an extremely bad woman; you’re far too angry and misogynistic.

    But seriously? If I could just have been gay, that would have been super sweet. Transition is awful and I wouldn’t wish it on even the most rabid bigots – yourself included.

    If you want to transition because you’re ashamed of being gay, then you’re in for a world of disappointment, because the shame of being trans is far worse – as you’ve aptly demonstrated in this thread.

  • corvaspikenard

    @litper: “It’s not a surprise that a religious nut would defend trans activism.”

    That’s funny, because the rhetoric you’re using to malign trans people sounds exactly like right-wing fundies who accuse of gays ‘recruiting’.
    What’s your actual problem with trans people? Are you a closet trans woman? We know that many of the rabidly anti-gay preachers are closet gays, so what are you trying to hide with your hate?

  • Lvng1tor

    @litper: Cut my dick? You need to do more than breath man you need some serious meds and therapy! In patient therapy.

    Oh wait….there is no real treatment for internet TROLL. I’m calling it people…This is an internet Troll Hoe Down…stop responding to it’s posts. It only seeks to engage you in a negative way. It probably is pleasuring it’s self the more you respond…Trolls are very tricky this way. Everyone repeat after me…BACK UNDER YOUR BRIDGE!

  • 1EqualityUSA

    solar flares?

  • DarkZephyr

    Ty is so hot. <3

  • DarkZephyr

    Its unfortunate that rabid transphobes have hijacked this thread and are keeping us from actually discussing the article and accompanying video.

    @Lvng1tor: How are you able to use an avatar? We were all able to use them for a very brief period and then one day I signed on and my avatar was no longer visible as were the avatars of most other users. Yet a small handful of people still seem able to use them. Do you know why that is?

  • litper

    @corvaspikenard: your cooperation with religious right is quite obvious. Everytime there’s a gay rights bill going to pass, you try to hijack it with your trans shit, just like you recently did it in Houston. You even forced the mayor to add the “protection” of your “right” to swing your useless penises in front of little girls in public bathrooms, and only with the pressure of few sane people it was removed. But still the religious groups used it against this bill and it’s future is still unknown.

  • litper

    @DarkZephyr: no such thing as “transphobe”, i’m anti-homophobe, and there is nothing more homophobic than heteronormative transsexuality.

  • Dxley

    I love me some Litper :)

  • hex0

    Unfortunately queerty is one of the least trans obsessed website (which is saying something), go over to The “Pope is our greatest ally” Advocate’s site and leave a comment critical of them. They’ll harass you/try find out your facebook details etc. Some internet trans activists are parasitic in the way the try and co-opt EVERYTHING from us.

  • DarkZephyr

    @litper: You are certainly doing an excellent impression of a crazy eyed rabid transphobe.

    @Dxley: And I am sure plenty of homophobes like to say “I love me some Maggie Gallagher”.

  • Lvng1tor

    @DarkZephyr:

    First, you are right about the rabid transphobia in the LGB community lately. It’s disturbing. I have my theories but am just too damn tired of trying to discuss the issue here with Trolls, those who only want to argue semantics, don’t understand the world past their own nose & are not up for a dialogue of any kind.

    Second, I have a wordpress blog site (I don’t have a blog but I have the profile. That’s where I get the pic. When Queerty switched to them all of our pics disappeared. My best guess.

    Lastly, For all the people on here saying Queerty posts or is taken over by trans issues…stop commenting on them. Queerty is simply responding to supply the demand. The more comments a subject gets the more they post similar topics. It’s basic business. The real question for you is why do you feel compelled to read the Trans articles and comment with such vigor if you don’t like Trans people so much? It’s like when you get all of these pastors and ultra conserv “Str8” men constantly watching and talking about gay porn and all of it’s evils.

  • corvaspikenard

    @litper: “your cooperation with religious right is quite obvious.”

    Actually I am an atheist and I live in a secular country :-)

    “Everytime there’s a gay rights bill going to pass, you try to hijack it with your trans shit, just like you recently did it in Houston.”

    I don’t live in America and I have never interfered with a gay rights bill; I support them all. I marched on parliament for marriage equality for gays :-)

    “You even forced the mayor to add the “protection” of your “right” to swing your useless penises in front of little girls in public bathrooms, and only with the pressure of few sane people it was removed.”

    I don’t have a penis, nor have I petitioned any mayors. That being said, trans people have every right to pee and poop without fear of violence or harassment (which is why we have single-stall unisex toilets in my city).

    Unfortunately the removal of that clause means that butch lesbians and very effeminate gay men can be ejected from bathrooms if the owners of the facilities don’t think they are there in ‘good faith’.
    It’s funny how often removing trans protections means gender non-conforming queers lose out too.

  • corvaspikenard

    @litper: “no such thing as “transphobe””

    I disagree, having been the target of violence for being trans. If they were still alive, the trans people murdered for being trans would also disagree with you.

    Or do you think violence against trans people is acceptable?
    Do you advocate for the murder of trans people?
    Transphobia is real.

  • litper

    @corvaspikenard: even though I support the idea of gender-nonconformism as a “fuck you” to heteronormative society, many of “gender-nonconformists” only pretend and are actually supporters of heteronormative ideals, just like you mentioned fem gays and butch lesbians who basically support the hetero society view that gay=woman and lesbian=man.

  • litper

    @corvaspikenard: no I don’t advocate any violence, I just think that trans activists are working against the gay movement and shouldn’t be mixed with LGB people.

  • corvaspikenard

    @litper: “no I don’t advocate any violence, I just think that trans activists are working against the gay movement and shouldn’t be mixed with LGB people.”

    If you would prefer me to not support LGB rights, then I will reluctantly do so and concentrate solely on working for my own rights – which will conversely mean I no longer discuss strategies and options with the LGB; so I won’t know if I am ‘working against’ the ‘gay movement’.

    It’s up to you. Make the call.

  • litper

    @corvaspikenard: I agree, trans issues are completely separate from LGB people’s struggles.

  • corvaspikenard

    @litper: So that’s a ‘yes’ to me no longer supporting gay rights?

  • DarkZephyr

    @corvaspikenard: Ignore the creeps like litper. I would like you to keep supporting gay rights (normally this is where I say “LGBT rights”. Honestly I think that instead of “dropping the T” like a lot of these sick chumps are suggesting, we should just drop THEM. That would solve some problems. You are my sister and a true member of the LGBT family. Folks like Lipter are traitors and turn coats.

  • DarkZephyr

    @Lvng1tor: Thanks!

    @litper: You are so filled with hate its disgusting.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    DarkZephyr, You are so cool….right on, Z

  • DarkZephyr

    @1EqualityUSA: thank you! I feel the same way about you. Always loved your handle! :)

  • PrvtRick

    It is a great episode. And so touching to see the famiies not only supporting eachother through a challenging time but alos growing closer and getting to know eachother even better .

  • PrvtRick

    @corvaspikenard: I read through this stream of comments and am saddened to see someone who is either a fake or is just seeking out a really negative form of attention. But you have such a great and well thought out and articulate stance! I am sure you have people around you who must be so proud to be your friend and you have one more out there. I admire you for not only being true to yourself but alos for being a strong and clear voice for yourself and others.

  • Dxley

    My hero, Litper!

  • 1EqualityUSA

    Chuck Manson has worshippers too, for those who are easily lead.

  • corvaspikenard

    @PrvtRick: Thank you PrvtRick, I really appreciate hearing that :-)

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