Category: History

My Life in Ornaments (or why I can't seem to put a tree up or take it down without crying)

Every good story should start with a pickle. We hide ours on the Christmas tree every year. So the story goes (either from Woolworth or an old German tradition) the pickle must be the last thing to be hung on the tree, and the first child to find it wins an extra present. We inevitably end up hanging and re-hanging this pickle a dozen times the first day, at least, but it keeps the kids amused.
I have a real problem. For the past two years, I seem unable to put my Christmas tree up or take it down, without dissolving into a puddle of emotions. Last year, it happened while I unpacked all the ornaments to hang on the Christmas tree. All the crinkled tissue wreaths and Santa hand prints, with... Read more »

'Here in the Middle' Release Day

'Here in the Middle' Release Day
Today is the day! Release day for Here in the Middle: Stories of Love, Loss, and Connection from the Ones Sandwiched in Between. What’s even more exciting for me, is that I’m a part of this amazing collection of stories. And better yet, my story, Shapes in the Cloud, is about my grandfather. The man... Read more »

How I told my friends I was trans: a graphic novel by Jake Valentine

I am born and the doctor says, "It's a girl!"
Today is my trans son’s second anniversary. Two years since his rather incredible and surprising transition story, where he publicly and socially transitioned to he/him pronouns and a name that suited his gender identity. For his anniversary gift this year, I’ve decided to let him tell his own story. In graphic novel. Okay, really more of... Read more »
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Our new wedding canvas is a tribute to my trans son

Our new wedding canvas is a tribute to my trans son
About a year and a half ago, I stood in front of several hundred people and shared the story of my son. My trans son. That story began with meeting my husband, our unexpected pregnancy, and our marriage. On our wedding day, my son was a month shy of two years old. He had little... Read more »

Thanks for a wonderful first year!

Thanks for a wonderful first year!
It’s been a whole year! Can you believe it? It feels like just yesterday that I introduced myself to the world as Affirmed Mom. I had very little support at that time in my life and less knowledge. I made mistakes, and I learned from them over the next couple months. I learned how to... Read more »

Packing up the past and moving forward with my son's new name

Packing up the past and moving forward with my son's new name
When Jake first transitioned, we didn’t agree on a name. There’s quite a debate among parents of trans kids, whether a child should be allowed to choose their own name, or whether parents have the final word. People don’t choose their names at birth, so the argument goes, and parents should at least have a... Read more »
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Happy Anniversary, Jake

Happy Anniversary, Jake
A year ago today, I asked my son to come along to his second grade Parent Teacher Conferences. He was, at that time, using female pronouns and only going by Jake at home. He agreed.  I asked him if there was anything at all he wanted to discuss. His name. I was surprised. For a... Read more »

Hannah's Story: Being Part of Trans History is Being Part of ONE Trans History

Hannah's Story: Being Part of Trans History is Being Part of ONE Trans History
October was LGBT History Month. To honor transgender people and their unique histories, I featured transgender people and parents of transgender children all month long. Through sharing their stories, I hoped to raise awareness of this amazing population of people who still struggle for basic human rights. To finish off the series, I have one... Read more »

Lori's Story: It will be Okay

Lori's Story: It will be Okay
October is LGBT History Month. To honor transgender people and their unique histories, I will be featuring transgender people and parents of transgender children all month long. Through sharing their stories, I hope to raise awareness of this amazing population of people who still struggle for basic human rights. By Lori Crane, proud mother of... Read more »
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Jennifer's Story: Maybe It's Me

Jennifer's Story: Maybe It's Me
October is LGBT History Month. To honor transgender people and their unique histories, I will be featuring transgender people and parents of transgender children all month long. Through sharing their stories, I hope to raise awareness of this amazing population of people who still struggle for basic human rights. By Jennifer C, proud mom of... Read more »