“We have to let love guide us”

Coauthor Stephanie Brill discusses the handbook The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals at the Family Conference portion of Gender Odyssey. Gender Spectrum offers ongoing education, resources, and training.

Posted by on January 7th, 2010 at 04:00 pm

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One Response to ““We have to let love guide us””

  1. Cat

    Sometimes, I feel very fortunate to be fully adult and aware in the time we’re living in now.

    But sometimes, I wish I was born 10 years later. I feel like that when I see stuff like this.

    A conference? Talking about gender non-conformity in children? That just sounds amazing, and the society to do this, at least as far as I’m aware, didn’t even exist when I was a kid.

    Instead, I, as I’m sure many others here have, had to slog through it alone into adulthood. I had one accepting parent who just let me be whatever I was, but from the other side, I battled through years of trying to be forced into a gender-normative role, followed by years of being assumed to be gay (and not in a nice or compassionate way).

    That, too, I think is something a lot of gender no-normative kids go through. Parents, not even realizing it could be a gender issue, will often assume it has something to do with sexuality. So even if they do try to be supportive, they’re supporting entirely the wrong thing.

    Kids who are lucky enough to grow up in one of the families at that conference, or any other communicative and accepting family, are so damn lucky.


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