Max is 9 years old. He is on Summer break at the moment, like most kids in his home state of Texas. Max's mother, Amber, is angry for her "Doodlebug" because she feels like his summer vacation has been stolen from him by politicians. See, Max is trans and Texas's "bathroom bill" is causing him quite a lot of anxiety. He, along with other trans people and allies, has been fighting the bill, but a recent photo of him crying has gone viral and his mom is taking the opportunity to be real with us all.
What you're looking at is Max sitting on the floor in tears outside of the Governor's office after another frustrating bout with politicians over the validity of his identity.
Amber shared the picture with the following powerful commentary:
The bathroom bill would force people to use the public restroom that corresponds with the gender they were assigned at birth, regardless of how they present or how they identify. For Max, this means being forced to use the girls restroom at school, which is frustrating, devaluing, and potentially dangerous.
Max enjoys hiking with his little sister, his dog Bluebell, and being able to be his authentic self.
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