KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City mother’s speech defending her transgender child has gone viral.
Debi Jackson spoke two months ago at the "Listen to your Mother" show. The show invites women to tell five minute stories about motherhood.
Jackson shared a story about her 7-year-old daughter who transitioned from male to female when she was 4 years old.
Watch Jackson’s speech below:
“I really just expected that over the next year maybe we would get 5 or 6 hundred people who had an interest in our story and want to share it,” Jackson said, “Share it with their family members and friends, something like that. I never expected it to go anywhere beyond that or bigger than that.”
But then, The Huffington Post wrote an article about her speech today, and it spread like wildfire.
“I had a message from a friend that said, ‘Hey, did you know you are on the Huffington Post?’ I had no idea. When I went to see it, I went to look at the YouTube page,” Jackson said, “It had gone from a hundred video views to several thousand, just like that, in a matter of hours.”
The video attracted additional attention from singer Ricky Martin after he tweeted a link to the story:
Jackson is a huge Ricky Martin fan, and said he’s her hero.
“He’s living such an authentic life and celebrating diversity himself that for him to recognize our story is just mind blowing,” Jackson said, “He said that I’m an extraordinary mom and told people to listen and watch. And he followed me.”