In the days after my son Leo came out as transgender, I wasn’t sure who I could talk to about how I was feeling. Part of it was because I didn’t know if my feelings were okay. The other part was more complicated. I didn’t want anyone to misinterpret my emotions as a lack of… Continue reading Who Can You Talk To About Your Child?
When my son Leo was in middle school, he was diagnosed with food allergies. As a teenager with new allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, and soy, this automatically labeled him “other.” He became “that kid,” the reason students in his classes couldn’t eat lunch during academic periods or bring contraband snacks or treats to celebrate… Continue reading Do We Tell Our Child’s Teacher They Are Transgender?
In early 2020 we began using gender-neutral pronouns with our oldest child, Ember. A year later, we are still adjusting. Using they/them/their pronouns is something we actively have to think about when talking to them and about them. Because we had already been through a pronoun change with our youngest, we thought this time would… Continue reading Using Gender-Neutral Pronouns Takes Practice
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
Raising My Rainbow is a charming story of what it is like to raise a gender non-conforming child in a world that sees only male and female genders. Lori Duron’s youngest child takes an interest in Barbie’s at the age of two, and by the time he is three years old, his world revolves around… Continue reading Review: Raising My Rainbow by Lori Duron
It was March of 2016, and I was at our town’s community center to vote. A woman I had known since I had moved to town was checking me in. As usual, she was asking how my children were. Our children grew up together. Her oldest son was in the same grade as my oldest,… Continue reading How to Respond When Others Ask About Your Child