SAN DIEGO - The premier of Caitlyn Jenner’s series “I Am Cait” had the former Olympian visiting a San Diego family who’s transgender child recently took his own life.
In the show which aired on E!, Katherine Prescott, mother of Kyler Cade Prescott talks about how proud she was of her 14-year-old son, an animal activist, a talented pianist and an artist. He took his own life on May 15, 2015. He was transgender.
Katie shared her family’s story with Jenner in hopes of helping other parents and kids as they make their way through the challenges of being transgender.
“Kyler was one of the most awesome kids you ever want to meet,” said Trish Stockton Gray, who is part of the San Diego-based support group for transgender youth. Her 14-year-old son Venice is also transgender.
“When he was four he told me, 'I’m not wearing any girl clothes! I’m not a girl,'" Stockton Gray said. "'I don’t want anything pink at all - no dolls.' He’s all boy. There is no girl about him.”
When he finally understood what was going on, Stockton Gray said one of the most difficult parts of their journey was being forced to live a dual life to protect her sons privacy. Even Venice’s father had a hard time accepting.
“His term was that I was trying to fix something that wasn’t broken,” said Stockton Gray. “To be able to tell your parents your transgender – how much guts does that take?”
After years of counseling, Venice made the decision to start on hormone blockers to stop the natural changes of puberty. His mom says if they were to do it all over again – they would have started sooner.
“I’m so glad my son is going through this when he is, instead of 20 years ago, when he couldn’t be himself. My son is well adjusted a he happy.”
Stockton Gray gives a lot credit to Caitlyn Jenner for the groundswell of acceptance. She says for those who are in denial the consequences are dire.
"I want my child here. I want my child to live. I want my child to be happy. The only way I can do that is to support him in being exactly who he is," she said.