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Hope Tyler on CNN's New Day 
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Hope Tyler on CNN's New Day Credit: Raw Story/Screengrab

North Carolina Mom To Trans Teen Perfectly Summarizes The Science Behind Gender Identity

Brave mother confidently destroys the GOP argument that gender identity is simply a man “saying he feels like a woman today”


Illustration by Jonny Wan
Illustration by Jonny Wan

Hope Tyler, mother to a transgender teen in North Carolina, is a brave woman, and tired of GOP lawmakers continuing to stigmatize her child and the trans community.

Speaking on CNN’s New Day to Alisyn Camerota about the noted complexities of gender identity, Tyler said that her daughter, Kylie, began to transitioning to her son Kai at the age of 12 after she literally became temporarily paralyzed due to the overwhelming anxiety caused by her confusion.

“It was a wonderful relief because we finally figured out what was going on,” Tyler recalled, “Ever since she was little, she was dressing in tomboy clothes…And then at the age of 9,10, and 11 anxiety kicked in horribly, and we would go to the emergency room and they couldn’t figure out what was causing the anxiety.”

“Conversion disorder is when your body shuts down physically and you become paralyzed in your arms or your legs,” she continued, “And Kylie, at the time, was in a wheelchair for five months.”

At this point, Tyler explained to Camerota that she began researching the causes of the condition, discovering that her daughter’s medical and emotional well-being had nothing to do with merely “dressing in tomboy clothes.”

“Girls have XY chromosomes, boys have XX chromosomes,” Tyler continued, “The gene that determines your sex is called the SRY gene. And when the little piece of that Y gene falls off, that’s what causes a transgender boy. When there is no X involved in the chromosome, that’s what causes a transgender girl.”

According to Tyler, Kai became so anxious about North Carolina’s HB2 law, the so-called “Bathroom Bill” forbidding transgender people from using the bathroom corresponding to their self-identified gender that he had to be hospitalized again.

“There were no issues before this law came about,” she said, “Calls into our trans suicide hotline have doubled. It’s absolutely frightening. We do not need any children to die.”

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