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The Story of a Mormon Family Who Embraced Their Transgender Daughter

Aug 04, 2014 | Chris Heller

Eri Hayward was born and raised in Utah as a boy. Her slow, painful journey to be recognized as a transgender woman lasted years. As she prepares for sex reassignment surgery, this short documentary explores her relationship with her family, her body, and her conservative Mormon upbringing. "Being LDS was our life," she says. "It's one of the reasons I didn't find out about what being trans was until I was an adult."

Despite those cultural challenges, the Hayward family supports Eri's identity. "I'm hoping that this documentary that you're shooting will be watched by some parents," her father tells filmmaker Torben Bernhard. "Maybe something we've said will help them—and through helping them, help their children."
Courtesy of Torben Bernhard/OHO Media

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