It wasn’t until her child was born, that Phyllis even considered her future. A high school dropout, she went back to school and was determined to create a better life for her child. Her life revolved around being a mother, unconditionally loving her child even through trying times. When her child came out as transgender, a new set of challenges presented themselves — including things she couldn’t control.
This story is a collaboration with the Rockford Register Star | rrstar.com. See how LGBTQ teens, more specifically transgender teens, have been affected by Liam’s advocacy.
Phyllis is President of the PFLAG Rockford Chapter, please consider following the page to support their efforts.
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Produced by Pablo Korona
Music by Wavetop Productions — Zach Staas, Daniel Pingrey, and Jason Kaye.
Portrait photography by Carly Rice
Special thanks to Nick Stange for suggesting the story. Also thanks to Kendal Miller, Clark Kelly, Lenae Weichel, and Megan Hastings.