Mother shares inspiring video of her son's transgender journey

Renee Fabish said 'the only thing that has changed for us is pronouns'

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A mother has shared an inspiring and emotional video of her transgender child's fight to be recognised as a boy.

Renee Fabish, who lives in Queensland, Australia, but is originally from New Zealand, posted the homemade movie on Facebook.

In the video, which is seven minutes long and has been viewed more than four million times, Ms Fabish documents her son's journey after being diagnosed with gender dysphoria.

Milla Taige Brown was born female, but at around six years old he refused to dress in girls' clothes – and became increasingly "withdrawn and depressed", Renee recounts in the video.

He used to cry and asked his mother if there was "any medicine she could buy to turn him into a boy".

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After visits to endocrinologists and child psychiatrists, his parents were advised to let Milla begin his transition.

"The only thing that's changed for us is pronouns," his mother says.

She also says, in an introduction to the video: "Hello my friends and family... I'd love you to watch this slideshow I put together... It explains some major changes that are underway for Milla and our family...Milla needs our support now more than ever!"


Ms Fabish also highlights the high percentage of people suffering from mental health issues in the transgender community, due, she says, to the "lack of acceptance and constant bullying they are subjected to everyday".

"Around half self-harm or attempt suicide," she says. "We are not willing to let our child become a part of those statistics."

In the video, Milla, who is now nine years old, says: "It's not easy being me. I'm having a really hard time at school at the moment. Kids tease me all the time, they call me shim, gay girl and weirdo. People just don't understand me.

"I want people to accept me for who I am."

Ms Fabish adds: "Our child deserves the right to be happy like any other."