Alabama mother promotes acceptance after loss of 13-year-old transgender son

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The mother of a transgender son spoke to CBS 42 news following her son’s death.  On May 25, 2017, Jay Griffin took his own life. He was 13 years old and a student at Hewitt-Trussville Middle School.

“He just loved being an artist and he loved helping other people,” said mother Erin Georgia.

Georgia does ministry work, and Jay recently helped her on a project that focused on inclusiveness.

“We are working on a project in Center Point right now, just in the baby phases, and Jay always helped me focus on, ‘mom, make sure it’s an accepting community, all people are welcome and don’t exclude anybody.”‘

Georgia said her son went through depression, anxiety, and there were incidents of bullying. Now, Georgia wants to spread the message to love and accept each other.

“We all need to get together and find a way that we can love and accept each other. It’s not that we have to agree with each other’s beliefs, but we need to find a way where we are loving and accepting,” said Georgia.

Georgia wants to see more resources in the community that are welcome to everyone. One of those in Birmingham is the Magic City Acceptance Center.

Center director Amanda Keller explained: “LGBT people–as well as allies, so anyone is who looking for safety, support to be who they are, whatever–we support them.”

To learn more about the center click the link below.

The family is asking asking any donations in honor of Jay Griffin to be made to the Magic City Acceptance Center.

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