Mom of Teen Honored by Caitlyn Jenner: Jenner Had 'No Rights' to Use My Child's Name
Tons of people are still talking about Caitlyn Jenner's moving ESPY Award speech -- but one family is now at odds after their teenager was mentioned.
During the speech, Jenner said, "I also want to tell you about Sam Taub, a 15-year-old transgender young man from Bloomfield, Michigan." Taub committed suicide in April.
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Jenner continued, "Sam's story haunts me, in particular because his death came just a few days before ABC aired my interview with Diane Sawyer. Every time something like this happens, people wonder could it have been different if spotlighting this issue with more attention could have changed the way things happen."
But the teen's parents don't see eye-to-eye on Jenner including their child in her speech.
In an exclusive statement to INSIDE EDITION, mom Cristina Bowman and stepfather Larry Bowman said, "What Jenner did by using my daughter's name in national television was so uncalled for. Jenner had no rights whatsoever to use my daughter's name…Samantha never indicated to anyone closest to her, at any time of her life, that she had transgender issues until the last four months of her life."
The mom and stepfather also said that “at that time she was being prescribed anti-depressants,” but said they never knew, or agreed to, that treatment.
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But the teen's father, Geoffrey, had a completely different view on Jenner's speech.
"It made me happy, and happiness has been something we haven't had a lot of for some time," he said. "I think anyone would have drawn some strength from Caitlyn's message. Sam would have drawn some strength."
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