I think some parents learn about their kids being trans and panic, thinking now they have this whole new thing to face.
Everything was fine, and now this.
Maybe a reframe would help.
You HAD a major thing all along. Eating at your kid from the inside.
Now you know what it is, and you can DO something about it (support, validate, facilitate, affirm, de-shame).
I just took my Prius in. Turns out the thingamawhatsit needed replacing, and the whattchumacallit needed cleaning. (I don’t know much about cars LOL). Now my little Sky runs smooth as butter.
Your kid being trans is not this scary thing that just happened now. It’s this heavy thing your baby has been carrying for years. Now you can tell them "OMG, no wonder you were struggling. Here, let me help you carry that." …
The young Black man holds the megaphone to his lips. “can I get ‘enough is enough’?” he yells. “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!” The crowd yells back.
The crowd is mostly white. Most of them look middle-class. Many young people, but middle-aged folks too. And kids.
Tonight the Moms are here. I’m standing with the #WallofMoms, arms locked tight, creating a protective barrier for the speakers.
“Mother Mary Lost Her Son To State Brutality,” a white mom’s sign says.
“I pray my son never fits the description,” a t-shirt on a Black mom’s chest reads.
We’re many. We’re thousands. We stand in front of the Justice Center. …
Summer is here once again in Southern California. For hundreds of Black teens in the Los Angeles metro area, that means hitting the waves. They drive their convertibles with their tops down, surfboards at the ready, listening to loud music, heading for Bruce’s Beach.
Bruce’s Beach fills up fast in July. A diverse crowd, all ages, all races. But the Black surf boys are everpresent, and unmistakable — a Southern-California postcard moment. Bronze chests glistening in the sun, sparkling black eyes, that easy arrogance of the surfer dude.
The stereotype of the Black surfer is known around the world — second only to the blonde, blue-eyed counterpart usually found on Zuma Beach or the beaches of San Diego. …