LGBTQ

Transgender Day of Visibility

The International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) is an annual event that takes place on March 31st. According to the TDOV website, it was founded in 2009 which makes this the tenth year it has been celebrated. The purpose of TDOV is to honor and celebrate the accomplishments and victories of the transgender community, while… Continue reading Transgender Day of Visibility

LGBTQ

Your Emotions Aren’t Wrong, But Your Reaction Might Be

My son told us he was transgender through a Facebook life event announcement that I read in the early morning hours of January 2, 2016. At the time, I didn’t understand why my he didn’t come to us with this news. He and I have a pretty strong relationship, and this seemed like one of… Continue reading Your Emotions Aren’t Wrong, But Your Reaction Might Be

LGBTQ

What is the Difference Between Gender Identity and Gender Expression?

I found out my son was transgender on an otherwise ordinary Saturday morning. There I was going about my business, doing all the same things I do every morning when the life announcement post with the little flag caught my eye as I was about to close Facebook. I read the post, re-read it, then… Continue reading What is the Difference Between Gender Identity and Gender Expression?

LGBTQ · Mental Health

Inviting People To Share in Your Grief

National Daughter’s Day was this week. While I don’t usually pay any attention to #hashtagholidays, this one caught me off guard. Suddenly, social media blew up with photos of the daughters of the people I follow. Captions highlighted why these daughters were so amazing or why their mamas loved them, or something funny or clever… Continue reading Inviting People To Share in Your Grief

LGBTQ

Inanimate Objects Are Broken, Not People

Just this week I was checking out a resource that a well-meaning person passed on to me. It’s a non-profit whose mission is to provide support for parents of, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Perfect, right? How thoughtful for this person to think of me when they met one of the people who founded… Continue reading Inanimate Objects Are Broken, Not People

Mental Health

Supporting Your Friend When Their Child Is In Crisis

During the past year, several close friends have reached out to me for support in regards to their teen and pre-teen children. After tender conversations, it was revealed that these young adults are struggling with depression or are in other areas of crisis. Because I have walked those roads and remember what the early days… Continue reading Supporting Your Friend When Their Child Is In Crisis