This TedTalk was primarily addressed to parents who have a transgender child. Research suggests that 41% of transgender people have attempted suicide, however, when they’re abandoned by their family and friends, this increases to around 59%.

You might not know it but, probably because they’re holding it inside of them. The fact us they’re suffering, they’re struggling, they’re probably being teased and bullied at school, and cannot talk to anyone about it.

Furthermore, “I can almost guarantee that they’re going through depression and there is also a very good chance that they’re contemplating/have contemplated suicide.” The ironic thing is, suicide is 100% preventable.

One transgender person told him they use to cried them-self to sleep every night (during their childhood).  He goes on to say, we’re a family of compassion, understanding and acceptance but, most of all unconditional love, why it is so important that you sit down with your child and tell them that you love them, and you will support them all the way, no matter what”! “You have no idea how important it is for a child to hear that”, he says.

You don’t want to be like those parents and families that Dana read about on the internet, who have rejected or abandoned their child!

“Veronica and I have been asked many times over the last few years how did you go through this experience so graciously? And I thought, and I’ve thought about it and you know what? It really comes down to, Veronica and I were proud to call Dana our daughter, today we’re just as proud to call Dana our son”. Watch the video to find out more.


He is an author, community volunteer and proud husband and father. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Skip graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1968. For the next eight years, he served as an Air Force pilot. He flew 370 combat missions in the Vietnam war. Skip is currently in his 33rd year as a chiropractor in Minden, Nevada.

This talk is about his transgender son, what happened, how they handled it, and the lessons Skip and Veronica have learned from it. The recording was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organised by a local community.

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Victor van der Meer

Founder & Director of My Rainbow Net Pty. Ltd.

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