Christy and Boyd Hegarty, the proud parents of three girls, knew there was something different about their middle child from the time she was a toddler. Lia was born a boy, but by the time she was three years old, she started to express herself in more feminine ways. Christy and Boyd didn’t really know what to do, until one night, Christy was watching the news and caught a documentary featuring a transgender child. It opened her eyes to what was really going on with Lia – that Lia could be transgender, and her expressed desire to be a girl should be taken seriously.
The Hegartys found a doctor in Boston who studies gender and leads a group for parents of children grappling with their gender identity. Lia’s transition happened gradually from then on, and now she lives every day as the girl she has long expressed herself to be.
“Raising our transgender daughter has been a gift,” Christy and Boyd said. “Living in the Seacoast of New Hampshire has been a blessing. We are aware that many families living in other states have had to work so much harder to protect their transgender children from ridicule and hate. It’s quite scary. We are grateful that our daughter has been able to enjoy living in New Hampshire and feels free to be who she is: a happy, healthy girl.”