- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 19, 2015

Rep. Mike Honda took to Twitter to express the pride he feels for his granddaughter, a transgender whom he hopes can attend school without fear of bullies.

The California Democrat tweeted a picture Wednesday of himself with his arm around the girl, proclaiming himself as a “proud grandpa.”

Mr. Honda, who co-founded the LGBT equality caucus, didn’t indicate the girl’s age, but she looked to be younger than 16.

“I hope she can feel safe at school without fear of being bullied,” he tweeted.

Marsha Aizumi, a national board member of PFLAG, wrote in The Huffington Post: “We in the Asian Pacific Islander community often go into the closet, hiding in shame when our LGBT children express whom they truly are and/or whom they are attracted to. Perhaps more API parents and grandparents will openly accept their children and grandchildren and express their love unconditionally with Congressman Honda sharing his support of his own trans grandchild.”

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