Surprise parties aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but this viral video of a birthday surprise for a teen named Andi might make everyone converts to the practice. The video was shared by Twitter user @komahina_, but originated on TikTok, as most good tweets these days do. The story of the video is that Andi was surprised by his classmates in what seems to be a music room at school. It’s his 18th, which is a big day for adulthood, and Andi’s friends gave him a pretty big present: they raised the money to help him legally change his name.
Andi is trans, and while he may be called by his chosen name by friends or family, it can be a very expensive process to do legally. It’s also an important process, and offers Andi’s identity more legal protection and allows him to carry idea with his name and do all sorts of other things, like apply for jobs, housing, loans, to colleges, etc., using that name. His reaction to the reveal says it all:
HI THIS IS LITERALLY THE CUTEST FUCKIBG THING OH KY GOD pic.twitter.com/ZU70m47VbQ— ren 🔍 arcade’s simp (@komahina__) February 8, 2020
So many people were moved by the gesture Andi’s friends made. The comments are full of people who are celebrating Andi and this moment of support.
It’s been retweeted over a hundred thousand times:
The second he fell to the ground I BURST INTO TEARS— ✨Scarlet✨|| Sarah Paulson Stan Account (@DismalBabyHands) February 8, 2020
I love this meme so much.— Ζευς (@justcelso) February 8, 2020
Oh, humanity isn't as bad as it's cracked up to be— Swalish The Wizard (@SwalishW) February 8, 2020
OMFGGGGG pic.twitter.com/OUa9VhnCiO— 「nurture nico」 (@noooonico) February 8, 2020
The video’s popularity found its way back to Andi, who even created a Twitter account just to communicate with all his new fans:
Hi that’s me and i made a twitter just cus ppl kept telling its blowing up on tik tok💀— Andiii✌🏼 (@fluffiestguy) February 8, 2020
There are some people who don’t understand the video, or who are misgendering Andi in the thread. The world has a long way to go when it comes to trans rights and understanding the complications facing a young trans kid who doesn’t necessarily have parents at home supporting their transition.
But Andi’s story seems to have also reach people who want to understand and are listening:
He's a trans boy and now that he's 18 he's allowed to change his legal name to the name he chose, instead of his deadname (the typically girly name he was born with)— Julia (@juwryyyyyyyia) February 8, 2020
I hope this helps
I think it's super expensive to change your legal name and I'm assuming he wasn't allowed to do it sooner because of his parents, so now that he's 18, his friends saved up enough money to help him with that and this made me really happy— Julia (@juwryyyyyyyia) February 8, 2020
Damn right— Julia (@juwryyyyyyyia) February 8, 2020
Cautious curiosity intersecting compassion. #love— channanagan (@channanagan) February 8, 2020
This is the wholesome content we need. Happy Birthday, Andi!