Former Home And Away Star Mat Stevenson Discusses Daughter Grace’s Transgender Journey
Former Home and Away star Mat Stevenson made an appearance on The Sunday Project this weekend together with his transgender daughter Grace Hyland to discuss her transition journey.
“From your perspective, Mat, what was the impact when Grace changed her name and started wearing girl’s clothes?” host Lisa Wilkinson asked the actor, who played Adam Cameron in Home And Away in the 90s.
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“So, it was a little awkward at first now calling Grace sweetheart instead of mate. Really, I guess feminising my approach,” he said.
“As a bloke, it was pretty awkward to go to my male friendship group and say my son’s now my daughter, but then I look at the challenges and the difficulty of sharing that in comparison with the challenges that Grace sailed through and they pale into insignificance,” he added.
“What was their reaction?” Wilkinson asked.
“I mean, some of my mates were pretty seamless, they got it. Some just couldn’t get it. Some really struggled with the concept… I’m a member of the local cricket club, I remember one of the boys came up to me, and said ‘Stevo, I just, I don’t get it mate. I just don’t get it.’ And I said, ‘It’s ok buddy, you don’t have to get it, all I’m asking you to do is love my daughter and show some empathy’. He goes, ‘Yeah, I can do that’.”
“I truly am so lucky. I would not be where I am today without my dad’s support,” said 20-year-old Hyland.
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