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It's a boy! Mother stages a 'gender reveal' photoshoot for her 20-year-old son, celebrating his transition from female to male

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 12/02/2019 Shirley Donlon For Dailymail.com

a person holding a sign: It's a boy! Heather Lundberg Green's threw a gender reveal party for her son, Adrian Brown (pictured), to reveal to friends and family that her son was transitioning from female to male  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited It's a boy! Heather Lundberg Green's threw a gender reveal party for her son, Adrian Brown (pictured), to reveal to friends and family that her son was transitioning from female to male  A proud mother-of-two has staged a gender reveal photoshoot for her 20-year-old transgender son to celebrate his transition from female to male. 

Heather Lundberg Green, 39, revealed that her son, Adrian Brown, came out to his family as a transgender man in October 2018 when he was 19 years old. 

a painting of a man: Happy: Adrian, 20, used the gender reveal party to both celebrate his 20th birthday, and to celebrate coming out as a man  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Happy: Adrian, 20, used the gender reveal party to both celebrate his 20th birthday, and to celebrate coming out as a man  Now, to celebrate Adrian's 20th birthday, the Kentucky native decided to stage a photoshoot in the style of a baby gender reveal in order to share proudly share her son's transition journey with friends and family. 

Celebration: Adrian (center) - pictured with his brother Lucas (left) and mother, Heather (right) - said that the hardest part of the whole process was 'coming out to myself'  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Celebration: Adrian (center) - pictured with his brother Lucas (left) and mother, Heather (right) - said that the hardest part of the whole process was 'coming out to myself' 

The mother-of-two revealed that when her son initially told her that he wanted to transition from female to male, she wasn't sure how to properly react. 

'Honestly when he told me he was transitioning I was determined to support him though his journey, but I had no idea how,' Heather wrote in a blog post for Love What Matters.

'I have always had many friends in the LGBTQ community and still I wasn’t sure what steps I should take as his mother, or even what an appropriate response was outside of "I love you,"' she added.   

a close up of a mans face: A big day: Adrian, who grew up with the name Hannah, told his brother that he was transgender in September 2018 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A big day: Adrian, who grew up with the name Hannah, told his brother that he was transgender in September 2018

However, despite being initially confused about the best way that she could support her son, Heather came up with a creative idea.

The 39-year-old decided to throw a gender reveal party for her son's 20th birthday to celebrate his transition. 

Proud: Heather, 39, revealed that when Adrian told her he wanted to transition in October, she had 'no idea' how to support him through his journey, despite wanting to be able to © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Proud: Heather, 39, revealed that when Adrian told her he wanted to transition in October, she had 'no idea' how to support him through his journey, despite wanting to be able to Heartwarming photographs taken at the party show Adrian, who Today says grew up with the name Hannah, surrounded by blue balloons. 

In one shot, he's wrapped up in a blanket that read 'It's a boy.' In other, he smiles in a pool of blue confetti. 

Adrian also took a few snaps of himself popping pink balloons, signaling an end to being female. 

a close up of a mans face: Process: However, after some time, the mother-of-two came up with the creative idea of throwing a gender reveal party and photoshoot to document the special journey © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Process: However, after some time, the mother-of-two came up with the creative idea of throwing a gender reveal party and photoshoot to document the special journey Process: However, after some time, the mother-of-two came up with the creative idea of throwing a gender reveal party and photoshoot to document the special journey © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Process: However, after some time, the mother-of-two came up with the creative idea of throwing a gender reveal party and photoshoot to document the special journey According to Heather, the photoshoot was a fun way to share the good news with friends and family who weren't aware of Adrian's transition just yet.

Heather shared the photos from the party to her Facebook page with a caption that read: 'When your child comes out as trans, the best thing to do is create a photo shoot 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.    

'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 honour who you are and I respect your courage to be unapologetically you!! Let's celebrate,' she added. 

Creative: The photographs show Adrian in a number of classic gender-reveal scenarios, including surrounded by blue confetti, holding blue balloons, and lying beside a teddy bear © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Creative: The photographs show Adrian in a number of classic gender-reveal scenarios, including surrounded by blue confetti, holding blue balloons, and lying beside a teddy bear Since Heather posted the photos online on January 29, they have gone viral. The post has garnered a whopping 33,000 likes, and a further 200 comments. 

Dozens of Facebook users commented on the post, praising Heather for her support for her son.

One user wrote: 'A mother’s love knows no gender. You are lucky to have each other.'

Another commented on the post, saying: 'Your kids are so lucky to have such a great mom.'

A third user added: 'I wish more parents were as supportive and open as you. The world would be a better place.'

Adrian first came out to his brother Lucas, 17, in September. Speaking to WAVE, Adrian said: 'The decision to come out was really scary. 

a person walking down the street: Big step: When he was just 13 years old, Adrian revealed that he was pan-sexual, meaning his love is not gender-specific  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Big step: When he was just 13 years old, Adrian revealed that he was pan-sexual, meaning his love is not gender-specific  'The hardest part was coming out to myself, accepting myself and loving myself for who I am.'

After confiding in his brother, who supported him, Adrian decided to tell his mother.  

'From a parent's perspective, there's almost a feeling of loss when a child comes out, even the parents that support it,' she told Today.

a person posing for the camera: Say cheese: Heather posed for the photoshoot with a fake baby bump and newborn baby clothing to get into the spirit of the gender-reveal photo shoot © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Say cheese: Heather posed for the photoshoot with a fake baby bump and newborn baby clothing to get into the spirit of the gender-reveal photo shoot 'You kind of go through a mourning process of letting go of, for me, this sweet little girl that I raised, while accepting his journey and his truth.'

Writing about her son, Heather revealed that she always noticed something special about Adrian from a young age. 

'Growing up, Adrian was always a little different from the other children. He wasn’t extremely feminine, nor was he masculine, he was just him,' she said. 

a person posing for a picture: Say cheese: Heather posed for the photoshoot with a fake baby bump and newborn baby clothing to get into the spirit of the gender-reveal photo shoot © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Say cheese: Heather posed for the photoshoot with a fake baby bump and newborn baby clothing to get into the spirit of the gender-reveal photo shoot 'He has always seen the world through a different lens and interacted with it in his own unique way. Adrian was the type of child who exuded compassion and empathy for his peers, always seeking to friend the children who didn’t have friends. 

'Whether he was sitting with the special needs children at lunch to be a friend, or helping a struggling reader or artist, he has always lifted the people around him up.

a group of people standing in front of a statue: Viral: Heather shared the series of photographs in a post on Facebook which has gone viral, gathering 33,000 likes and more than 200 comments © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Viral: Heather shared the series of photographs in a post on Facebook which has gone viral, gathering 33,000 likes and more than 200 comments 'The difference I saw in him never struck me as being a difference in gender but a difference in heart,' she added. 

When he was just 13 years old, Adrian revealed that he was pansexual, meaning that 'his love is not gender specific, but rather it is based on emotional connection'.  

a group of people posing for the camera: Support: People online are praising Heather for being so supportive to her son, with one Facebook user writing: 'Your kids are so lucky to have such a great mom'  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Support: People online are praising Heather for being so supportive to her son, with one Facebook user writing: 'Your kids are so lucky to have such a great mom' 

Heather explained: 'When he made this announcement, it came as no surprise to me, I was thrilled that his beautiful heart extended beyond lifting up others but also into who he would choose to love.'

After the family began Adrian's transition and became more familiar and comfortable with the idea, Heather was eager to share the news with her friends and family.  

Heather explained that she hoped that sharing photos from the gender reveal photoshoot would encourage others to understand that is is perfectly acceptable to surround a transition 'with joy and love instead of the typical ostracizing and dysphoria' that she says can often happen.    

a group of people posing for the camera: Positive: Sharing a message to other parents, Heather said: 'Trust your children, respect them, and accept that you don’t know everything there is to know, let them teach you'  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Positive: Sharing a message to other parents, Heather said: 'Trust your children, respect them, and accept that you don’t know everything there is to know, let them teach you'  She understood, however, that sharing his transition on such a public level might have its consequences.

She said: 'I am 100% aware that "outing" him on this level can also be dangerous because of all of the hate in the world, but what I have observed is that this simple gesture of creating a Facebook post has strengthened Adrian’s resolve and empowered him beyond anything I could have predicted!'

Heather also shared a message with other parents whose children might be transitioning.

'First of all, the heartbreaking part of this story is that it is 2019 and we are celebrating a mother’s unconditional love for her child. I am not sure how other parents raise their children, but I thought this was a given. 

'Secondly, trust your children, respect them, and accept that you don’t know everything there is to know, let them teach you. 

'Third, we hear parents say, "I want to make the world a better place for my children", so go do it! This isn’t just a tagline for recycling, it should be a way of living. 

She added: 'Change the world, celebrate your child, love and support your neighbors…we can call it humanity!' 

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