Parent of a Transgender Girl

Mar 31, 2017

It can feel like an island at times that no one understands or can even imagine what it’s like to be in our shoes. I have experienced a number of emotions. Denial, grief, affirmation, fear, and yes even anger.

My extended family is really struggling with the news of my child’s Transition. They feel “he” is too young and that we are ruining “his” life. My child’s grandparents say he is a “Boy treat him as a Boy” You are the parent you must guide him. I grew up in a Catholic Military family. I have been accused of wanting a girl and encouraging this and indulging her every whim and fetish.

It’s so hard to deal with ignorance and with personal attacks on my parenting when I want to affirm my child’s identity. This has been a 3 1/2 year journey with my child being insistent, persistent, and consistent and finally her parents listening and affirming what she has always known. Since she could talk she knew she was a Girl. I look forward to the day when what is between our legs does not matter.