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Councillor Supports Daughter
Wishaw Councillor Rosa Zambonini has made a bold move by helping her son announce to the world he is transitioning into a girl.
The 34-year-old used social media to pledge support to the TIE (Time for Inclusive Education) campaign - a programme to promote education encompassing topics and issues relating to the LGBTI+ community in Scotland.
She posted the video last night, with the message, "My brave daughter Charlie has asked to come out to support @ tiecampaign and to help others. I'm so proud. Please be kind. She is amazing."
The mum-of-two is supporting the transition of her teenage son into a daughter, now called Charlie. She explained in the video, "This is my daughter Charlie and as you can see, Charlie doesn't look like a girl, because ..."
Charlie then added, "I was born a boy."
Rosa said, "This is a big moment for us, because Charlie wants to tell the world why we are supporting the TIE campaign for inclusive education."
Charlie added that she was doing this for "People like me, struggling to talk to their parents, struggling to talk to anyone, who might be at school getting bullied or gossiped about - it's horrible."
Rosa finished off the video by saying "This is my daughter Charlie, welcome to the world and we are happy to support everybody."
The Tweet has been received warmly. Many replies praised Rosa for her support, others commented on how brave Charlie is for going public.
Oor Paula Rose said, Never should people not be allowed to be themselves - destroys who we really are."
Rosa explained, "Just born in the wrong body. Transitioning to a girl."
Robert Tyre Bute praised, "Well done Charlie. I can see why your Mum's so proud of you."
And Kay Edgar said, "takes a strong individual to do something like that,all the best Charlie & to the campaign. You should be proud."