Tag: lgbt

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 »

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 »
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An open letter to Pope Francis on religion, gender, choice and consequence

An open letter to Pope Francis on religion, gender, choice and consequence
Dear Pope Francis, I’m writing on behalf of my son, and perhaps trans and gender non-conforming children everywhere, in expressing my gratitude for your recent remarks about how we shouldn’t force children into gender roles. I know that’s not what you really said, but I’m choosing to give you the benefit of the doubt. Let... Read more »

Pamela Valentine reading "Welcome To My Holland"

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This year, I had the incredible honor of being a part of Listen to Your Mother St. Louis. Last year, in Chicago, I came out as the parent of a trans child. It transformed my life in so many ways. It gave me a voice, it gave me a platform to share my story, but... 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 »
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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 »

My son's wedding dress

My son's wedding dress
I saw the dress my son wore on my wedding day, on the prettiest little girl with long curly brown hair, not much younger than he is now. That could have been him. I don’t think about it, not when I’m awake. Not when I’m in control and things are good and we’re happy 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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Your Silence is a Privilege

Your Silence is a Privilege
I’ve never considered myself a political person. I don’t watch the news or read the papers. When people start talking politics, like sports, I tune out. Until I had a family, quite honestly, if it didn’t make Facebook or my husband’s twitter feed, I probably had very little idea of what was going on. I... Read more »