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Parenting Gender Nonconforming Kids

The Second Halloween My Boy Wanted to Be a Girl

Julie Tarney | Posted 12.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

You'd think that by the time my son Harry turned 4 years old in 1994, I would have learned how to handle Halloween. A guilt ghoul swallowed me whole the first time my boy wanted to go trick-or-treating dressed as a girl. But, no, some lessons don't come easy.

Dispelling Myths, Misconceptions and Lies About Gender-Nonconforming Children

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 08.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Recently, a video about a transgender child in California went viral. Sadly, like every other conversation about transgender children, the comments section was often unkind. Scanning the comments, I saw the same poorly thought-out ideas keep popping up. I think it's time to put these misconceptions to bed.

Don't Be Your Child's First Bully

Amelia | Posted 07.08.2013 | Gay Voices

By hiding photos of a son dressed up as Minnie Mouse or Scooby-Doo's Daphne, a parent is sending the message that she is ashamed of her child. That's a message that gets received, quickly and with dire consequences.

XX vs. XY

Leslie Lagerstrom | Posted 10.01.2012 | Gay Voices
Leslie Lagerstrom

"When did you know for sure?" Everyone we meet wants to know the answer to that question when they hear we have a transgender child, most because they are genuinely interested in a subject that is still a mystery for so many.

A Happy Camper

Leslie Lagerstrom | Posted 09.08.2012 | Gay Voices
Leslie Lagerstrom

When your child is transgender, do you err on the side of full disclosure, thereby risking rejection, or do you proceed without exposing your child's biology, because it really shouldn't matter, right? Such was the case when Sam went to camp for the first time as a boy.

Facing Fear... And Having Dinner With Him

Leslie Lagerstrom | Posted 09.01.2012 | Gay Voices
Leslie Lagerstrom

Sam was 10 years old, and deep down we knew what we were dealing with; we just hadn't said it out loud that often, and when we did, it was only between my husband and me. That was the same year Oprah aired her first show on transgender children.

Moms Standing Up For Their Kids

Amelia | Posted 05.05.2012 | Gay Voices

Two 5-year-old boys who would rather play princess, a 10-year-old out and proud lesbian, a 7-year-old boy who announces "I'm gay," and a little boy who wants to be Scooby-Doo's Daphne for Halloween. All five are amazing kids, and all have moms who write about their experiences online.