CNN on Wednesday premiered a documentary short film on its digital platforms about a 7-year-old transgender boy.

Raising Ryland follows Ryland Whittington and his family – parents Jeff and Hillary and sister Brynley – as they deal with Ryland's diagnosis of deafness and learn that he is transgender.

“As soon as he got any understanding of communication he started saying immediately, 'I am a boy,'” Hillary says in the film.

“It was like painful for him to be seen as a girl.”

“We asked him. He hated it. He wanted to make us happy. And then after he got his hair cut, it was like a totally different kid. The smile on his face was bigger than I've ever seen,” she adds.

The film is available on and all of the networks mobile properties, including CNNgo.