More than 10 years ago, Lindsay Peace, a mom in Calgary, Alberta, got a tattoo portrait of all three of her children. As her
children grew up, she noticed that one of the tattoos no longer fit with her
child's evolving identity so she decided to make an adjustment, with the help
of her tattoo artist/husband Steve Peace.
Ace Peace, is now 15 and recently told his parents that he identifies as a
"When people came
up to us asking about the tattoos, we'd realize one didn't match, and it was
just an uncomfortable situation," Steve told ABC News. "She thought
about covering it, but I said, 'Hey, I'll just change the clothing and give it
Steve updated the
tattoo this past summer, changing the girl on his wife's arm into a boy.
"We decided to
surprise Ace with it, and when he saw it, he loved it," Steve said.
"I think it really confirmed for him that his parents were behind him and
that his identity as a trans boy is real."
educated themselves about transgender issues and noticed that their son Ace
"become happier and happier" with every step he took to affirm his
identity as a boy.
After posting a photo of the new tattoo on Facebook, the photo went viral, with many parents applauding them for their support of their child.
"Now, we have
quite a few people coming up to us or calling us telling us they had negative
feelings about trans people at first and then saying, 'Holy Cow! I was wrong
all this time!'" Steve said. "We're happy that the tattoo has taken
off and helped opened some people's eyes and educated them to the issues trans
people and kids face."