'RHONY' Star Discusses Transgender Son Following Mario Lopez Controversy

Cindy Barshop, Real Housewives of New York star, shares her feelings about Mario Lopez's comments about transgender children.

Recently Mario Lopez had to apologize for his comments he made about transgender children. He was asked in an interview on The Candace Owens Show his thoughts about celebrity parents now allowing their children to "pick their gender." Owens shared that he was trying to figure out the new trend and wanted Lopez to help him understand the new transgender trend. Lopez responded candidly and said that he didn't understand the trend either and he is trying to figure it out himself.

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“Look, I’m never one to tell anyone how to parent their kids obviously and I think if you come from a place of love, you really can’t go wrong,” the father of three said in the interview. “At the same time, my God, if you’re 3 years old and you’re saying you’re feeling a certain way or you think you’re a boy or a girl or whatever the case may be ... I just think it’s dangerous as a parent to make this determination then.” He shared that as a child you have no idea about your sexuality yet because you are just a kid and parents shouldn't allow them to make such detrimental decisions at such a young age.

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Many people had a problem with Lopez's viewpoint and LFBTQ advocates were upset enough that Lopez apologized for his remarks about transgender children. However, his words are still causing much debate and Real Housewives of New York star, Cindy Barshop shares that she has a transgender 9-year-old son. She shared that she had twin girls when they were born, but one of the twins decided that she wanted to be a boy. She now has twins but the twins consist of daughter Zoe and transgender son Jesse. She said that it is very important for families to be open and supportive so they feel like they can talk to their parents about things that they are feeling. She thinks that if children are raised in an environment where they know their parents aren't supportive of their choices then they will never be honest about how they are feeling.

Barshop wants Lopez and other parents to understand that being transgender has nothing to do with sexuality. They are not saying whether or not they are sexually attracted to men or women. Being transgender is identifying yourself as a different gender than the one that you were biologically born with. She is grateful that her son, Jesse, has the chance to identify with the gender that he feels more comfortable in. She called Lopez's comments "poignant."

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