A Kentucky mother set up a gender reveal photo shoot for her 20-year-old transgender son's birthday as a way to celebrate his coming out, WAVE-TV reported.
Heather Green purchased glitter, blue balloons, and an "It's a Boy" blanket for the themed photo shoot on her child's Jan. 29 birthday.
Then she posted the photos on Facebook for all the world to see.
"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," Green wrote in the post. "HAPPY 20TH BIRTHDAY, Adrian! You are without a doubt the most fascinating human I know and I will always be your biggest fan! I love you, I honor who you are and I respect your courage to be unapologetically you!! Lets celebrate!!"
What's the story?
Green told WAVE that her son was born as a girl but last fall Adrian Brown came out to her and his younger brother as a transgender.
"There was no rule book for what a mom is supposed to do when their child comes to them and says, 'This is my truth,'" Green told the news station. "This was just uncharted territory. And as much as I was wanting to support him, I was also wanting him to know that it wasn't just acceptance, or that I was going to put up with him — I was going to celebrate it."
The whole family participated in the photo shoot, which was snapped by the daughter of Green's boyfriend.
"I mean my kids are used to me coming up with these harebrained schemes all the time," Green said. "He was like, 'You're crazy, but, yes of course,' which was a fair reaction."
In some of the photos, Green sported a faux baby bump while holding a bunch of blue balloons and a sign that read, "It's a boy."
In others, Brown was photographed with a big teddy bear lying next to him wrapped in a baby blanket.
"I thought this was sort of a struggle I had to do by myself," Brown told WAVE. "It's really heartwarming to see there are so many people out there who share the same story that I do and are so supportive of a complete stranger. And it gives me a lot of hope."
The Facebook post has been shared more than 16,000 times.