Archive for 2015

Who will raise my children if I die?

Who will raise my children if I die?
As 2016 rapidly approaches, I find myself faced with a monumental choice, in a year of truly life changing choices. Let me rewind. Robert Frost once eloquently described two roads diverging in a yellow wood, and how he longed to take them both. He stood at the crossroads, first looking down one road as far... Read more »

A great time to be transgender

A great time to be transgender
When I posted about Jake’s one-year transition anniversary last month, someone made the comment that it was a great time for a young person to be transgender. Had they told me that a year ago, I think I would have broken down into a puddle of tears and anguish. A great time to be transgender.... Read more »

An Open Letter to Superintendent Cates and District 211 Board Members

Dear Superintendent Cates, / Dear D211 Board Members,  I am writing to urge you to stand up for fairness for all students, including transgender students. Affirm your agreement with the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights. Treat the student whose situation is the subject of Monday night’s board meeting with dignity and equality. This decision is... Read more »
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Township High School District 211 violated the civil rights of a trans student and you can make them stop

Township High School District 211 violated the civil rights of a trans student and you can make them stop
Township High School District 211 violated the civil rights of a transgender student for over two years. The U.S. Department’s Office of Civil Rights submitted their findings on November 2nd of this year. In an emergency meeting on December 2nd, the district’s school board addressed the issue and approved several steps to bring them into... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

Roz's Story: (A Mother's) Unconditional Love

Roz's Story: (A Mother's) Unconditional Love
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 Roz Gould Keith, blogger at... Read more »
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Greta's Story: How to Bootstrap a Suicide Hotline in 10,000 Impossible Steps

Greta's Story: How to Bootstrap a Suicide Hotline in 10,000 Impossible Steps
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 Greta Gustava Martela, founder of... Read more »