This 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' Star's Support For His Trans Daughter Sets An Inspiring Example

"This is my child. This is the exact same person with a new coat."

Most of us know Colin Mochrie as one of the hilarious cast members on the popular improv series Whose Line is it Anyway? But now he's gone from making us laugh to making us cry by sharing his love and support for his 26-year-old transgender daughter Kinley.

Earlier this month, the Canadian entertainer went public with Kinley's transition for the first time when he tweeted (with her permission) about his older relatives' acceptance of their granddaughter. "Wonder why some who are younger can't," he added. 


The message has since received thousands of retweets and likes, as several Twitter users took a moment to praise Mochrie for speaking out. They made sure to point out how lucky his daughter is to have a supportive family. According to a 2011 survey, 57 percent of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals faced some level of rejection from their family, while 19 percent experienced domestic violence.

One fan noted that Mochrie is "a perfect model of the kind of support trans kids deserve from their parents."

"If I can do something to help anyone who is perceived as different, then I'm always there," Mochrie told the Toronto Star. "I truly don't understand prejudices against color, religion or gender or sexuality because I've met (jerks) of every race, creed and culture and I've met wonderful people from the same."

Kinley and her father recently appeared together on Entertainment Tonight Canada, where she spoke about her experience coming out last April and how her family helped her choose a new name. She said her father's decision to tweet about their experience was "lovely."

Mochrie's positive attitude sets an example for parents everywhere — not only those with trans children. "This is my child," he said. "This is the exact same person with a new coat. When you have a child, all you want for your child is to be safe and happy and to be better than you are."

Kinley also shared a message of encouragement for other young people going through the same thing: "There will be doubt. There will be days where you struggle. But just know that all that matters is how you feel, how you perceive yourself, and how you know yourself."

Watch Mochrie and his daughter share their story in the video below:

(H/T: Hello Giggles)


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