Personal Thoughts

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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Why Are Conservatives So Afraid of Trans Girl Scouts?

Posted on May 18, 2015 in Personal Thoughts | 6 comments

“Sexual anarchy.” A “slap in the face to Christian parents.” A “dangerous policy.” That’s what some conservatives are calling the Girls Scouts acceptance of trans girls into the organization. I have to admit that I’m a bit confused by the reaction to the policy update posted on the Girls Scouts blog this week, because it’s pretty much been in place since 2011. “If a girl is recognized by her family, school and community as a girl and lives culturally as a girl, Girl Scouts is an organization that can serve her in a setting that is both emotionally and physically safe. Inclusion of transgender girls is handled at a...

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Bruce Jenner, Celebrity Praise, and What the Trans Community Needs Now

Posted on May 1, 2015 in Advocacy, Personal Thoughts | 1 comment

It’s been a week since the “interview the world is waiting for” has aired. Bruce Jenner announced to the world that he (current pronouns of choice) is a transgender woman. Twitter was on fire during the interview and a few hours later with dozens upon dozens of celebrities posting tweets in support of Jenner — from Lady Gaga to Sam Smith, Miley Cyrus to Jimmy Fallon and my personal favorite, Ricky Martin. There’s even a new trend now for people to paint their fingernails in a show of support. That’s nice, but… Celebrities, if I may be so bold in saying this, praising Bruce is a great but we need you to speak up for every trans person,...

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Which Bathroom Should She Use?

Posted on Apr 4, 2015 in Personal Thoughts | 1 comment

This is AJ, my beautiful, extraordinary, vivacious (‪#‎trans‬) girl who is afraid to use public bathrooms alone because she knows This is AJ, my beautiful, extraordinary, vivacious (‪#‎trans‬) girl who is afraid to use public bathrooms alone because she knows some people don’t want her there. She has a reason to be nervous. There’s a local news story bringing out the haters because 2 trans girls at a school are using the girls’ restroom. Cue “outraged” parents crying about the danger of perverts lurking around their precious little girls. I shared this photo with one commenter on a tv station’s FB story and asked him two questions: 1....

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When Your Trans Child Comes Out Unexpectedly

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 in Personal Thoughts | 1 comment

AJ and her friend Jasmine announced they are ‪transgender‬ to the whole Brownie troop tonight. I don’t think I breathed for about four minutes. Jasmine was visiting and during intros was asked if there was anything she’d like to share about herself. She said “Well, I’m transgender.” My heart almost stopped. I thought I’d be more prepared for that kind of moment than I was. But she was amazing. She explained what being trans is and then AJ jumped in with “And I’m transgender, too! We both are.” The girls had a couple of questions but they all took it in stride. One even jumped in and said “We can learn about...

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