The mother of a transgender son indicated screaming in a courthouse in a photo that went viralon Wednesday is speaking out about the the state’s proposed” bathroom bill .”
She’s also opening up about the way the transphobic debate as a whole is affecting her child.
Amber Briggle’s 9-year-old son Max use male pronouns and transitioned to living as his authentic self almost three years ago. The photo of him crying in a courthouse was shot back in March, but it’s constructing the rounds on the internet this week in light of anti-trans legislation currently constructing its way through the Texas legal system.
Briggle decided to share the image because, in her intellect, her son Max deserves to have a stress-free summer vacation like all other children — and shouldn’t have to cope with the anxiety that his right to use the school bathroom that corresponds with his gender identity may be taken away.
” Max deserves a summertime transgres, free from bullies like Governor Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick — he’s a little boy who shouldn’t have to worry about these sorts of things ,” Briggle told HuffPost.” It made my heart break looking at this photo and I hoped it would do the same for others. That’s why I posted it on my public page, hoping to gain visibility for transgender people across the state, and across the country since this fight is truly taking place in every state to some degree .”