You left –In the middle of the night while I was sleeping.Before I had a chance to realize you were gone,or to say goodbye, or to tell you to be careful,as I had a thousand times before –or, that I loved you. I loved you –From the time I first heard your heart beat;when I… Continue reading Goodbye, Or Is It Hello? A Poem.
Transforming: The Bible & the Lives of Transgender Christians is more than a book about the intersection of transgender identity and the Bible. It’s a conversation about faith and a God-created identity and the ways that affirmation or rejection of these factors in transgender people labels them as other or accepted by the Christian Church.… Continue reading Review: Transforming by Austen Hartke
Each year on March 31, we observe International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV). The purpose is to celebrate transgender, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming people worldwide. Founded in 2009, the goal of TDOV is to celebrate transgender people and the accomplishments they achieve. As a result, this brings awareness to the struggles and discrimination they continue to… Continue reading Honoring Transgender Day of Visibility
When Leo first came out as transgender, I wanted to fly a rainbow flag off our house. Our oldest, Ember, who is non-binary and bisexual, didn’t identify as transgender at the time. To properly respect both of my children, the rainbow flag was the best choice. What kept me from purchasing and flying a rainbow… Continue reading Why I Fly a Rainbow Flag if My Children Are Transgender
My oldest came out as being non-binary in a Facebook post during high school. They didn’t really say much about it and expressed that people could still use their given name and he/him/his pronouns. To my untrained, and non-understanding eye, it felt like a “this is a thing I’m trying on, and I’ll let you… Continue reading What Does it Mean to Be Non-binary?
When my son Leo first came out as transgender, one of the things I didn’t know that I needed was permission to grieve the child I thought I had. I was trying to model for others how to talk to and about Leo. How to use his new name and pronouns properly. How to talk… Continue reading When You Don’t Know Where To Go To Grieve
Several times a year, I ask my readers what their biggest struggle is with understanding or supporting transgender people. Then I open the conversation up to any other questions they might have. One reader recently asked if it was possible to tell if our children are gay (or lesbian or bisexual or transgender) before they… Continue reading Can You Tell Your Child is Gay Before They Come Out?
Guest post by Leo Richardson It is my pleasure to introduce you to people whose lived experiences will help you to have a better understanding of what it is like to be transgender or the parent of someone who is. Each year during November 13-19 before Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20, people and… Continue reading Transgender Awareness: Strength in a Community
My oldest child, Ember, who is nonbinary and bisexual, decided last winter that they would use only gender-neutral pronouns and change their name. When they told me, we had a lot of conversations about it. Because I was trying to understand them better, I had a lot of questions. One of the questions I asked… Continue reading Coming Out Takes Time
Guest post by Andrew Trudeau It is my pleasure to introduce you to people whose lived experiences will help you to have a better understanding of what it is like to be transgender, or the parent of someone who is. I met Andrew Trudeau when he was in college, and now he is engaged to… Continue reading Guys and Dolls: A Coming Out Story