Investigative journalist Lisa Ling's documentary series Our America is winning praise for a recent episode focusing on transgender people.

Our America premiered on February 16 on Oprah Winfrey's newly-minted cabler OWN.

According to Ling, the series is “all about what it means to be an American.”

On the February 22 episode titled Transgender Lives, Ling interviews transgender men and women in an effort to understand what it means to be a transgender American.

In the episode, we meet 7-year-old Hailey, who gave up her given name, Harry, and who identifies as a girl.

“There's some people who might say that you're encouraging this kind of behavior,” Ling tells Hailey's parents, Barb and Steve. “That you are encouraging this little boy to be something that he's not. How do you respond to that?”

“What we've done is finally come to terms ourselves with how to raise a healthy child, instead of raising a child who feels some sense of shame or secrecy about who she is,” Barb says.

Steve is more pragmatic, worrying about Hailey's future and ultimate happiness: “For right now, right here, first grade's pretty safe, but the future can be really scary … Sometimes I sit there and I get really concerned. Who's going to love my child, you know? Who's going to fall in love with her?” (A video clip is embedded on the right panel of this page.)

Media watchdog the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) praised the episode for “its focus on the personal stories and emotions of the individuals involved rather than technical definitions.”