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So long, Zucker.

Something big happened rather quietly this week.  It didn’t make much of a dent in the mainstream media in the U.S., but it’s led to a raucous party on my Facebook feed, with celebratory ALL CAPS posts from my transgender pals and their allies: “AMAZING!” “HAPPY DAY!” “VICTORY AT LAST!” Here’s what the fuss is all…

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Don’t Give Up.

  I sat down with my seven-year-old transgender daughter and asked her to tell me the story of her fight to be seen as the girl she always knew she was. I also asked her to offer some advice for other kids like her – and for their parents. I recorded her words and added…

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Your questions answered.

If only the whole world could attend the Gender Odyssey conference.  It would make my daughter’s life so much easier, not to mention mine.  And it would make the rest of the world happier and smarter and kinder, too – I’m sure of it. In August, I attended this annual conference for the third time,…

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Second grader in charge.

She put on leggings this morning.  I suggested a dress to go over them. “No, I want to wear a shirt.” The leggings were tight.  The shirt wasn’t long.  Things would be showing. I had to tell her. Deep breath, then, totally casual, like I’m asking her if she wants a banana or yoghurt for…

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Seven years old, stealth, and scared

Oh friends, I feel like I’ve really screwed up. I’ve tried so hard to strike a balance in my parenting, attempting to ensure my child’s safety and privacy  without instilling a sense of shame in her trans identity.  And I think I’ve done pretty well.  She has friends of all ages who are transgender and who…

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Deep Stealth Mode

M. is getting ready to start second grade at a new school next week.  She’s enrolled as a girl.  Since she’s very private about being transgender, only three people in her large public elementary school will know this about her:  Her teacher, the school counselor, and her best buddy and fellow-second-grader, Posey. I worked with…