Tag: transgender rights

I forget my son is transgender

I forget my son is transgender
I have a confession to make: I forget my son is trans. I remember once, about three years ago, talking on the phone to a grandmother from Washington. Her grandson was trans and her job was to vet prospective members for a discussion board. She was the first person I had spoken to about my... Read more »

Trump's military ban on trans people tells me he has no plans to relinquish power. Ever

Men and women across our nation today woke up to find that their president banned them from military service. The 45th president of the United States banned trans individuals from serving in the military. On Twitter. He claims that the military cannot be “…burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption” that a trans person... 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 »
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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 »

My trans son is a real boy

My trans son is a real boy
The Blue Fairy waved her magic wand today and turned my child into a real live boy. At least, that’s a little bit how it felt, opening our passports. The federal government legally recognized my son as a boy. We danced for ten minutes in the middle of the kitchen. He checked again and again,... 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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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 »

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 »

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 »
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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 »