And a “stellar” moment it was. In a now-viral Facebook post, Liv Hnilicka, a transgender waitress living in Minneapolis, detailed an encounter she had with a young girl and her father who came into her restaurant. “The dad came up to me and said, ‘My daughter just asked if you were a boy or a girl. I didn’t want to speak for you so would you like to talk to her?’ ” Hnilicka wrote that she nervously approached the young girl to answer her question. “I heard you asked if I was a boy or a girl. I think the important thing to remember is that everyone can be anything they want to be in this world,” Hnilicka said, according to her Facebook post.


“And it’s also important to try to be the best selves we can be for our family and friends. And even to strangers. So to answer your question, I was told that I was a boy when I was little and now I live my adult life as a girl. It sounds complicated, but it’s actually pretty simple.” Hnilicka then asked the little girl if she had any questions. The child replied, “Nope!” and flashed a smile. The woman described the encounter as a “stellar parenting moment of the day” and wrote that she walked away from the family’s table “feeling really good about parents intentionally engaging their children about possibly difficult topics.” She added: “Way to go, mom and dads out there making space for transfolks/gnc people like me.” Since Hnilicka uploaded the touching post, it has been “liked” more than 3,000 times. Hnilicka told Cosmopolitan that while her response to the young girl was not rehearsed, she has often wondered about how she would talk to a child about her experience as a transgender woman. “I also thought about myself as a child and the ways that I was or was not exposed to people I could identify with. Children are really just learning everything, so it’s important to use those moments,” she told the site. Hnilicka said she shared the post, in part, because the encounter was different from what she usually experiences, according to Cosmopolitan. “This interaction was so out of the ordinary that I felt like I needed to run to the mountain top and shout it to the world,” she told the site. She continued: “I shared the post with people because hopefully sharing positive experiences like this only brings about more conversations about what we want society to look like and how we should treat people.”