When Kristin Stories was a little girl, her mother told her that her son was gay.
Stories says she didn’t take it personally.
She didn’t want to be ostracized, she told ABC News’ “20/20.”
So she took it more seriously.
She’d sit in a room with her mother and tell stories about what was going on in her life, Stories said.
She would say, “You know, when I was a kid, I always thought it was cool to be different, and I always tried to fit in.
I never wanted to be a gay person.
I wanted to fit into the mainstream.”
That’s why she’s been able to tell stories like this.
She and her husband are in the process of launching a new series called “Slinky Toy Stories.”
In the series, the Storyts have a doll named Slinky, who they say is their “baby.”
The doll was created to help Storyts cope with the growing number of people who tell stories of being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex.
“The goal is to empower them and give them the tools to do that,” Storyts said.
Slinky is a playful character, Storyts says.
“We want to show that they don’t have to be afraid to tell their stories.”
The Storyts say they want to empower the gay community by letting them use the dolls to talk to their children about their feelings.
The Storyttos say the dolls can help kids understand that they’re not alone and that they are loved.
Stories said she’s happy to have Slinky on the show, because she says she has always felt that way.
“I never wanted my son to have a closet that was different,” she said.
“He wants to be happy and comfortable and able to do his own thing.”
The series is currently airing on ABC Family and Lifetime.
The ABC Family program, “The Real Story,” airs Mondays at 10 p.m.
The Lifetime program, titled “Trial by Fire,” airs Tuesdays at 10:30 p.mi.
ET on the channel.
ABC News reached out to the Storytts for comment.
The story was originally published by ABC News.