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‘All This Time I’ve Had A Daughter, Not A Son’: A Talk With Parents Of Transgender Teen

Trae and Robert Baldy describe their daughter Britt at a young age.
Trae and Robert Baldy describe their daughter Britt at a young age.
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Last December, on an early Sunday morning, in Warren County, Ohio, 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn committed suicide by walking in front of a tractor trailer.

The teen left behind a suicide note. Leelah was transgender.

The teen left the note on a social media website describing a lonely and fractured relationship with her family.

Leelah Alcorn wrote, “The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren’t treated the way I was, they’re treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights.” 

Here in Atlanta, Georgia, Trae and Robert Baldy have a 14-year-old daughter.  

They came to WABE and spoke with Rose Scott about their daughter Britt.Part One of the conversation with Trae and Robert Baldy

Part Two of the conversation with Trae and Robert Baldy