Typically a gender reveal photoshoot happens before expectant parents welcome a new baby, but one mom decided to have a photoshoot 20 years after her baby was born for this incredibly touching reason.

Heather Lundberg Green has made internet waves with her inspiring and heartwarming transgender reveal photoshoot she recently shared to celebrate the “birth” of her transgender son. Green explained to Red Tricycle, “The shoot was to celebrate a milestone in my child’s life; just as I have celebrated many other milestones in his life this one seemed natural to honor as well.”

Green explains in her Facebook post that has gained thousands of likes and shares in just a few days, “When your child comes out as trans, the best thing to do is create a photoshoot to celebrate the fact that he silently and bravely stepped out of the race that he never wanted to be in, found his own lane and proceeded to win.”

Although she was determined to support her son when he told her he was transitioning, Green explained that she was initially unsure how. “How do I tell people, how do I say this is my son and I’m proud that he has the courage to live his truth, how do I set the tone in our corner of the universe for his journey to be as smooth as possible,” she said.

That’s when she came up with the idea of marking the milestone with pictures. “The photo shoot showed my son that not only am I not ashamed, I’m exceedingly proud of him,” Green explained.

“After we had time to begin the transition and to become more comfortable with this new journey, I wanted to share this important moment with my friends. I hoped that it would move them to share it with their friends so that people could see that it is perfectly acceptable to surround a transition with joy and love instead of the typical ostracizing and dysphoria that occurs. I wanted to prove to Adrian that there is support for him beyond what he saw.”

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Kudos, congrats and love all around for this amazing show of family support.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

All photos: Courtesy of Heather Lundberg Green

 

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