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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Chaz Bono, Transgender advocate, writer and musician
1. What transgender story or character has been particularly meaningful or impactful to you?
"'Boys Don't Cry' was important to me. It was about a year after I saw that film that I started to question my own gender identity. It's a difficult movie to watch, but it was the first image of a transgender man I'd ever seen in the mainstream media. Even though the character wasn't perfect and there was a tragic ending, I could still identify with Brandon. Seeing that film helped me figure out that I was transgender."
2. What is a common stereotype or cliché in stories about transgender people that you never want to see again?
"I'm so tired of seeing TV shows and films where transgender people are either victimized or killers. And too often those characters that are supposed to be transgender don't look or act anything like actual transgender people. People in the entertainment industry who are writing, casting, directing, and acting transgender roles have a responsibility to do their research and make it more realistic."
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