Nineteen years ago, Yolanda Bogert, the proud Australian mother of newborn Elizabeth Anne, placed a birth announcement in her local newspaper. Last week, Bogert learned that she had made a huge mistake–and her birth notice retraction (perhaps the first of its kind) was priceless, to say the least.
You see, just a few days ago, Kai Bogert–formerly known as Elizabeth Anne Bogert–told his mother that he no longer wanted to live as a girl. Instead of needing time to process what had just been revealed, the supportive mother decided to share the happy news in the Public Notices section of The Courier-Mail:
— Lady of Polly Ticks (@pollytext) December 2, 2014
The notice was clearly a tearjerker for many, because it has since gone viral. Yolanda was even recently interviewed with her son by the paper that made it all happen. “I needed to show my son I support him 100 per cent and wanted to let the world know that,” the beaming mother-of-one told The Courier-Mail.
As for Kai, he says he’s never been happier.
“I am so happy with what she has done. This last week has changed everything for me,” he said. “I am still me but I am more me than I was a few days ago and feel free.”
It’s fair to say that the Award for Best Mother and Son Duo should go to Yolanda and Kai Bogert. Bravo for showing us an example of parenting done right. If anyone has a tissue, we could sure use an entire box right now.