The Arizona family of four includes an 11-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son who claim they found their “true selves” upon deciding to transition.
Yes, all four of them.
Daniel Harrott, a 41-year-old woman says she found the courage to come “out” as a transgender man four years ago. Harrott met a transgender woman, 62-year-old Shirley Austin, who was born a male.
Harrott, who lived most of her life as a woman, told KJZZ that identifying as the opposite sex was like “getting to live for the first time.”
“And my children are getting to be who they’ve always wanted to be,” she added.
“The whole family is in transition,” said Austin.
Harrott’s son and daughter say they too were assigned the wrong gender at birth. Her son, Joshua, who is male, voiced his inclinations to join the Girl Scouts last year and now identifies by “she/her” pronouns. Her 11-year-old daughter, Mason, who is a female, now identifies as a boy.
Joshua, who is disabled and sits in a wheelchair, told the news station that he knew from an early age that she was a girl. “I think I was only, like six or seven,” he said.
Harrott says that she believes transgender people have been in her family for 100 years, recalling that her grandmother’s sister (or brother, it is unclear what gender her maternal aunt actually was) used to cross-dress—to the point that her grandmother made sure that her mom was raised feminine.
“Of course my mother just gave that same lesson: ‘This is not OK. You must be a girl. This is who you were born to be,” she said, adding that makeup and women’s clothing never felt right for her—not even after she married a man and gave birth to two kids.
It all changed when her son, Joshua, decided to join the Girl Scouts. It was then that she was introduced to transgenderism.
“And when I finally looked it up, and I realized, ‘Oh my gosh, they’re trans, and I know it’s true – because I am, too, and it’s been my whole life,’” said Harrott to KJZZ.
She said that her son came out as a girl soon after, and her daughter came out as a boy. It was then that she realized she had to be “authentic” and transition into a man. “I opened my eyes, looked in that dressing room mirror and went, ‘Oh this is it. This is perfect. This is me,’” she said, adding that she worried she wouldn’t find anyone who accepted her gender identity.
However, she met Shirley Austin while volunteering at a nonprofit for parents of transgender youth and fell in love with the older transgender man. Daniel is 41 and Shirley is 62. Harrott says she does all the men’s work around the house, while Austin does the cooking—just like any other family, but with the roles reversed.
Harrott says that she hopes for her children to feel accepted for their “true selves” when they come of age, like she is.
Photographs courtesy of KJZZ.
PUT MILO ON TV WHERE HE BELONGS
CAN YOU THINK OF A BETTER WAY TO SPEND YOUR MONEY?
MILO’S RAISING MONEY FOR A NEW WEEKLY LATE-NIGHT CHAT SHOW. HELP US MAKE IT A REALITY!