Category: Education

10 things people want to know about my trans son

10 things people want to know about my trans son
I recently received a Voices of the Year for #Blogher17 and had the opportunity to present my essay on stage. Being visible provides me with a platform to educate others, but I realized that many of the same questions kept coming up. Obviously, I’ve written about nearly all of them at least once. And obviously,... Read more »

The Do's and Don'ts of being an Ally to Parents of Trans Kids

The Do's and Don'ts of being an Ally to Parents of Trans Kids
I get asked a lot of questions about my trans son, by friends and strangers alike. Mostly because I’m visible and willing to share. Partly because people are curious. I never mind answering questions, being open to educating people, sharing my knowledge, building allies wherever and however I can. But I sometimes forget how little... Read more »

Texas passing a 'bathroom bill' that targets trans students is only the beginning #notinanystate

Texas passing a 'bathroom bill' that targets trans students is only the beginning #notinanystate
Texas rushed to pass a bill on Sunday evening that is nothing short of outright discrimination against trans children. After a heated and emotional debate, they passed the bill by a vote of 94-50. The amendment added to this bill that specifically targets trans students is being called a “common sense” solution. A solution that... Read more »
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You don't need to have a trans child to demand inclusive policies in your school district

Step 1: Find your school district's Board of Education.  A quick google search should bring up the information you're looking for.
I reached out to my district’s school board today. With the elections coming up next Tuesday and a seat being contested by two candidates, I decided that now was the time to make it clear, to both incoming and current school board members that I intend to see a more inclusive policy in place. You... Read more »

6 steps to help your trans child during a Trump Administration

6 steps to help your trans child during a Trump Administration
It’s been a rough week for all of us and many of us are wondering, what now? What next? What do I need to do? Following are six steps that you can take, today, to help your trans child during a Trump Administration. Don’t Panic Panicking helps no one, and least of all your child. As emergency... Read more »

The seven stages of grief for the future of America

The seven stages of grief for the future of America
Shock I turned CNN off around 11 PM on Tuesday, November 8th. I couldn’t handle it anymore. It made my head hurt. “Do you want to go to bed?” my husband asked. No. I couldn’t sleep. I felt numb. I felt punched in the gut. I felt like all the air had been sucked out... Read more »
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Birds, Bees, and Unicorns: An Interview with Cory Silverberg

Birds, Bees, and Unicorns: An Interview with Cory Silverberg
For any parents of trans youth who are interested in hearing Cory answer questions specific to our children, please send me an email and I will share dates and times. Anyone attending may maintain their anonymity and submit questions to Cory in advance of the call. About a year ago, I wrote an essay for Cosmo... Read more »

50 heroes died at Pulse Nightclub

50 heroes died at Pulse Nightclub
Yesterday, I struggled to find the words to describe the 15th annual Philly Trans Health Conference. I struggled to define this unique sense of community and acceptance that permeated the air. Much like last year’s conference, I had no way to convey what every single attendant felt, walking the halls together, learning and growing and... Read more »

People who support Target deserve to be recognized. So that's what I'm going to do.

People who support Target deserve to be recognized. So that's what I'm going to do.
The Internet is full of hatred these days. With Target’s announcement to allow shoppers to use the bathroom they’re most comfortable in, it seems they’ve hit a little too close to home for many cisgender identified Americans. At last count, I’ve seen almost 40 pages and groups called Boycott Target, and they’ve begun a petition,... Read more »
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Transgender Day of Visibility 2016

Transgender Day of Visibility 2016
March 31st is Transgender Day of Visibility, a holiday created to celebrate, empower, and raise awareness of the issues the trans community faces on a daily basis. The entire community, for a single day, attempts to gain visibility in the world at large. The theme this year is More Than Visibility, because the trans community... Read more »