An Australian schoolgirl who revealed she was transgender to her classmates in a heart-warming video on YouTube has been praised for her bravery.
Abbey Boon, formerly Ethan, came out to her classmates at Mowbray Heights Primary School in Tasmania on July 1.
The video of the 11-year-old explaining her "secret" to the world has been viewed more than 5000 times, with her mother Melinda Miles claiming "many happy tears" were shed once Abbey became her true self.
In it, Abbey uses laminated signs to reveal the pressure she felt at her former school to fit in, before she found the courage and confidence to be herself.
"At my old school my teacher thought there was something wrong with me because I always hung out with girls," she said.
"I felt scared coming to a new school, I wondered if people would treat me the same way.
"Then I met a girl called Makayla... she made me feel like I didn't have to feel different... I could just be me."
Abbey explains how she grew in confidence to tell her teacher and friends about how she had felt "her whole life", with each person supporting her.
"I even started to wear pink shoes and change my hair," she said.
"I stopped trying to hide who I am... I decided that it was time to be me.
"Today, I am telling you that I am transgender. This means I am a girl that was born in a boy's body."
Abbey, with a smile on her face, then says goodbye to Ethan, and re-introduces herself as Abbey.
"Now this is the real me!" she said.
"My name is Abbey.
"I will see you next term."
Social media users have praised Abbey for her confidence and bravery.
Her mother, Melinda Miles told Ten Eyewitness News she first thought Ethan was gay and had accepted that.
"But she came up to me late last year and she goes 'I don't want to be a boy, I want to be a girl'," she said.
"So I said, 'Righto, I accept the way you are', and I support her, I support everything she does."