Raising Ryland: our story of parenting a transgender child with no strings attached

Book Cover
Average Rating
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,
Pub. Date:
First edition.

This powerful, moving story--which has already touched more than seven million through a viral video created by the Whittington family--is a mother's first-hand account of her emotional choice to embrace her transgender child.

When Hillary and Jeff Whittington posted a YouTube video chronicling their five-year-old son Ryland's transition from girl to boy, they didn't expect it to be greeted with such fervor. Beautiful and moving, the video documenting Hillary's and Jeff's love for their child instantly went viral and has been seen by more than seven million viewers since its posting in May 2014.

Now for the first time, they tell their story in full, offering an emotional and moving account of their journey alongside their exceptional child. After they discovered their daughter Ryland was deaf at age one and needed cochlear implants, the Whittingtons spent nearly four years successfully teaching Ryland to speak. But once Ryland gained the power of speech, it was time for them to listen as Ryland insisted, "I am a boy!" And listen they did. After learning that forty-one percent of people who identify as transgender attempt to take their own lives, Hillary and her husband Jeff made it their mission to support their child--no matter what.

From the earliest stages of deciphering Ryland through clothing choices to examining the difficult conversations that have marked every stage of Ryland's transition, Hillary Whittington shares her experiences as a mother through it all, demonstrating both the resistance and support that their family has encountered as they try to erase the stigma surrounding the word "transgender." In telling her family's story, she hopes she can assist the world in accepting that even children as young as five, can have profound and impactful things to say and share. What emerges is a powerful story of unconditional love, accepting others for who they are, and doing what's right, regardless of whether those around you understand it.

Also in This Series
More Like This
More Details
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
No Tags, Be the first to tag this record!
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 823938c2-fcd4-9746-ea7c-e0f83d454cae
Grouping Title raising ryland our story of parenting a transgender child with no strings attached
Grouping Author whittington hillary
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2019-06-08 07:29:34AM
Last Indexed 2019-06-19 01:53:30AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
auth_author2 Gasbarre, Kristine,, Whittington, Hillary.
author Whittington, Hillary,
author2-role Gasbarre, Kristine,author., Whittington, Hillary., hoopla digital.
author_display Whittington, Hillary
available_at_berthoud Berthoud Community Library District
detailed_location_berthoud Berthoud Community Library District - Nonfiction
display_description Hillary and Jeff Whittington describe their journey of support and unconditional love as they recount how their daughter Ryland identified as a boy from a very young age and decided to embrace her transgender transition.
format_berthoud Book
format_category_berthoud Books
id 823938c2-fcd4-9746-ea7c-e0f83d454cae
isbn 9780062388889, 9780062388896, 9780062454867
item_details hoopla:MWT11635132||Online Hoopla Collection|Online Hoopla|eAudiobook|Audio Books|1|false|true|Hoopla||https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11635132||Available Online||||, hoopla:MWT12311903||Online Hoopla Collection|Online Hoopla|eBook|eBook|1|false|true|Hoopla||https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12311903||Available Online||||, ils:20885|44703|Berthoud Community Library District - Nonfiction|362.7 WHI|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||BERTHOUD||
itype_berthoud Book
last_indexed 2019-06-19T07:53:30.112Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_berthoud 362.7 WHI
owning_library_berthoud Berthoud Community Library District
owning_location_berthoud Berthoud Community Library District
primary_isbn 9780062388889
publishDate 2015, 2016
record_details hoopla:MWT11635132|eAudiobook|Audio Books|Unabridged.|English|Harper Collins Publishers ,|2016.|1 online resource (1 audio file (7hr., 06 min.)) : digital., hoopla:MWT12311903|eBook|eBook||English|Harper Collins Publishers,|2016.|1 online resource, ils:20885|Book|Books|First edition.|English|William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,|2015.|viii, 253 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:20885 44703 On Shelf On Shelf true true true false false true
subject_facet Electronic books, Gender identity, Parent and child -- United States -- Biography, Parents of transgender children -- United States -- Biography, Transgender children -- Family relations, Transgender children -- Family relationships -- United States, Transgender children -- United States, Transgender children -- United States -- Biography, Whittington family, Whittington, Hillary, Whittington, Hillary -- Family, Whittington, Ryland
title_display Raising Ryland : our story of parenting a transgender child with no strings attached
title_full Raising Ryland : our story of parenting a transgender child with no strings attached / Hillary Whittington with Kristine Gasbarre, Raising Ryland : our story of parenting a transgender child with no strings attached [electronic resource] / Hillary Whittington, Raising Ryland : our story of parenting a transgender child with no strings attached [electronic resource] / Hillary Whittington with Kristine Gasbarre
title_short Raising Ryland :
title_sub our story of parenting a transgender child with no strings attached
topic_facet Electronic books, Family, Family relations, Family relationships, Gender identity, Parent and child, Parents of transgender children, Transgender children, Whittington family, Whittington, Hillary, Whittington, Ryland