From the time he could talk, the Whittington family’s child Ryland insisted he was a boy, even though his parents initially thought he was a girl. Their support of his true identity is a heartwarming and inspiring story for all parents.

Laverne Cox may rightly epitomize “The Transgender Tipping Point” with her TIME magazine cover, high-profile role in Orange Is the New Black, and willingness to speak out on behalf of transgender people. That tipping is also given a hefty push by people like Ryland and his parents, who won’t settle for living their lives as anything less than who they are — and helping their children do the same.