CNN on Wednesday premiered a
documentary short film on its digital platforms about a 7-year-old
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.
film is available on CNN.com
and all of the networks mobile properties, including CNNgo.