A brave transgender boy’s eloquent “coming out” speech to his classmates is doing the rounds on the internet.

Articulate 13-year-old Tom Sosnik was motivated to share his story after the tragic death of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender girl, who took her own life in December after her family refused to accept her as she transitioned.

“All of sixth grade, I struggled with my gender identity and I am now embracing my truth,” Tom says in the video, which has been viewed over 24,000 times so far. 

“For a while, I dismissed the fact that I hated my body. I pretended to be content with what I was assigned until, at a certain point, I broke.

“I am no longer Mia. I never really was… I finally stand before you in my true and authentic gender identity as Tom. I stand before you as a 13-year-old boy.”

Tom encourages his classmates to talk to him if they have questions, but not to gossip.

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The message is one of unconditional support and love, as the teen says, “To all those struggling to embrace their true and authentic gender or sexuality, I want you to know that if no one else accepts you, I always will.”

What a brave and inspiring young man – bravo, Tom!