Archive for July 2015

I'm Not a Bad Mom for Being Depressed

I'm Not a Bad Mom for Being Depressed
From under the covers, I could hear the sound of the kids running through the sprinkler outside. And behind that, a truck driving past the street in front of our house. My whole body ached from the strain of holding it in, holding it back, pushing it down. But I didn’t have to right now.... Read more »

My Son was a Girl Scout

My Son was a Girl Scout
When I was young, I was a Girl Scout. I recited the Girl Scout promise, sang songs with verses like “make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold” and wondered which was which. I went to Girl Scout Camp and walked in parades and sold boxes of cookies and... Read more »

My Child is Proud to be Transgender

My Child is Proud to be Transgender
Jake’s voice sounded like a distant hum from the backseat of the car. We’ve all been there as parents. He was talking about dance practice, telling me who sat by whom and what songs the teacher let them dance to. It was late at night, I’d been sitting in my car scrolling through Facebook for... Read more »
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Listen to Your Mother Healed Me

Listen to Your Mother Healed Me
I have asked myself again and again, what drove me to do it?  Getting up in front of hundreds of strangers as a cast member of Listen to Your Mother, to share my story.  The truth is, it changed my life. I was in a very dark place around December and the first weeks of... Read more »

Never a Doubt: My Brother's Response

Never a Doubt: My Brother's Response
My hand trembled as it held onto the envelope, carefully and painstakingly addressed and stamped. I’d had it sitting on my desk for months, waiting. Waiting for what? For a sign to send them? Until I had no choice? Until it was now or never, or risk my child having to pretend to be something... Read more »

'Growing Up Trans' on FRONTLINE Got it Wrong and We Need Your Help

'Growing Up Trans' on FRONTLINE Got it Wrong and We Need Your Help
Last night, PBS FRONTLINE aired a program entitled “Growing Up Trans”, about several families with children who are transgender. Though the courage and honesty of the families and their children is not in question, there has been some outrage among many parents and families of transgender children, regarding several of the claims that FRONTLINE made... Read more »
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