Congressman Mike Honda Speaks Out on Transgender 8-Year-Old Granddaughter (Video)

NBC News profiles family after a February photo of the Representative and grandkid went viral

Congressman Mike Honda and his family will sit for an in-depth report about life with his 8-year-old transgender granddaughter on Wednesday’s “NBC Nightly News.”

Honda, a representative in California’s 17th district, better known as Silicon Valley, will open up to correspondent Kate Snow about Malisa —  his daughter Michelle Honda-Phillips’s child.

In February, Honda tweeted a photo featuring the Congressman and Malisa went viral with the caption: “as the proud grandpa of a transgender grandchild, I hope she can feel safe at school without fear of being bullied.”

“She’s a happy kid, and that’s all that I care about,” Malisa’s father Travis Phillip’s said in an emotional promo.

“I think a lot of grandparents who are social-media savvy, or who are on Facebook or whatnot, talk about their grandchildren all the time,” Honda-Phillips added. “They post pictures about their grandchildren, their families. He did nothing different.”

The special will feature a narrative of Malisa’s gender identity and an expanded chat with Congressman Honda.

For “NBC Nightly News” airtimes, check your local listings. See more on the “Transgender Kids” series from NBC here.


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