Trans Lives Matter: Ignorance Causes People to Die

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 in Advocacy, Personal Thoughts, Video | 0 comments

With news of the 11th murder of a trans woman in 2015 in the US, I’m tired of people sitting by thinking that their ignorance is ok. #TransLivesMatter is more than a catchy hashtag. It’s a reality. The lives of these murdered women mattered, and we need to stop people from trying to invalidate trans lives.

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How to Be an Ally to Your Trans Child

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 in Personal Thoughts, Video | 0 comments

If you’ve struggled to accept your child as trans, but now want to show them that you are onboard, here are a few ways to be their ally.

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For Parents Who Aren’t Supportive of Their Trans Teens

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 in Personal Thoughts, Uncategorized, Video | 0 comments

A lot of parents refuse to support a child who comes out as transgender. Here are a few reasons they should.

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A Message to Trans Teens: Suicide is Not the Answer

Posted on May 26, 2015 in Personal Thoughts, Video | 0 comments

Too many trans teens are choosing suicide over life. They are doing this is a mistaken belief that their suicide will send a message. We don’t need more teens sending a message this way. There are plenty of us adults who get it, who know your pain. We are working to make your lives better. Please stick around to see our progress. We need you to be role models, not martyrs. If you are contemplating suicide, please seek help. Trevor Project Hotline: 866-488-7386 Trans Lifeline US: 877-565-8860 Canada: 877-330-6366

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My Little Advocate Makes a Splash in Her Avery Chat Video

Posted on May 15, 2015 in Media, Video | 1 comment

We knew. We knew that the time would come when AJ wanted to speak out for herself. As her parents, we were hoping it wouldn’t be for a long time. You know, the way you never want your kids to date. We thought we had time. We thought we could be better prepared. We wanted to protect her. But she is an amazing kid. An amazingly headstrong kid, too. With so much coverage of trans issues in the news, from the NBC Nightly News covering two trans kids to the big Bruce Jenner interview, we stumbled across a post from Entertainment Tonight listing 9 Inspirational Stories of Transgender Kids and Their Supportive Parents. We were one of the families. When AJ saw the post,...

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GLAAD: All Access with Debi Jackson

Posted on Feb 22, 2015 in Video | 0 comments

While in Portland at the Time to Thrive Conference, I ran across the staff from GLAAD. They have a video series called “GLAAD: All Access” which features interviews with newsmakers, hit-makers, and people making a difference. For some reason, they think I fit that bill! So I sat down with them for a few minutes to talk about when I first noticed my four-year-old wanted to identify as a girl, how my husband and I educated ourselves about the word “transgender,” and offered some advice for other parents of transgender children.

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