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Gender Variant Kids

What Happened When My Son Came Out... as Straight

Lori Duron | Posted 11.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Lori Duron

By trying to eliminate the need for a gay son to come out, I created an environment where a straight son felt the need to come out. As I try to learn from my mother's mistakes, I may be making some new ones of my own. I guess that's how it goes with parenting.

The Many Mothers of Cinderella Boy: A Review of A Kid Like Jake

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 08.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

What if Cinderella attended the wrong ball? What if Cinderella were a 4-year-old boy named Jake whose parents desperately want him to get into an elite private school? These are among the questions raised by the new play A Kid Like Jake.

The Internet Has An Opinion

Kelly Byrom | Posted 02.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Kelly Byrom

This isn't a case of parents trying to exploit their children. My hope is that by sharing our story we will meet other people with kids like Twirl who also start showing who their kids are. Then maybe we can get to a point where a boy playing with girl things is just as normal as a girl playing with boy things.

My Son Wore A Dress For Halloween

Kelly Byrom | Posted 01.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Kelly Byrom

My family lives in a very conservative area, and we aren't exactly walking into open arms in our community when we go trick-or-treating. This is the second year our son has worn a dress on Halloween. Last year he went as Minnie Mouse.

How Kids Could Benefit From the Philosophy Of Drag

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 08.14.2012 | Parents

By By J. Bryan Lowder for Slate “You’re born naked and the rest is drag.” That’s what RuPaul says at the start of each episode of her Lo...

Breaking Down The Gender Binary

Catherine Oliver | Posted 06.04.2012 | Gay Voices
Catherine Oliver

Some parents have tried to raise their kids without gender stereotypes, only to get accused of being hippies at best and downright abusive at worst. Tell me what's abusive about not shoving your kid into a box that says, "This is how you're supposed to act given your genitalia."

I'll Make A Man Out Of You

Catherine Oliver | Posted 06.02.2012 | Gay Voices
Catherine Oliver

Gender-nonconforming kids need to know there are others like them. In the media they should be portrayed just like everyone else. At home they need to be accepted and loved, not forced into roles they can't fit. In schools they need to be treated with respect and dignity.

Are You A Boy Or A Girl?

Lance Brister | Posted 05.23.2012 | Gay Voices
Lance Brister

These days, I'm mostly comfortable in my own skin. I enjoy being a man. But the embarrassed little boy who could never be himself will always be part of me. I try to carry him with tenderness, and tell him, always, that it's OK to be just who he is.

When The Gender Boxes Don't Fit

Ericka Sokolower-Shain | Posted 05.22.2012 | Gay Voices
Ericka Sokolower-Shain

What gender-variant youth need are teachers who don't make assumptions, who ask lots of questions and then listen to the answers. Everyone is different. When a kid tells you what's important to them, that's what they want you to do.

He's Gay, He's Straight, He's Transgender... He's Roscoe!

Matthew Carnahan | Posted 05.20.2012 | Gay Voices
Matthew Carnahan

I've encountered a barometer for the varying attitudes and preconceptions of the audience. An entire segment of the House of Lies audience dismisses Roscoe as gay. Another jumps to pushing him into a transgender role. Some just think he's weird. How about this: he's just Roscoe.

It's OK to Be Neither: Teaching That Supports Gender-Variant Children

Melissa Bollow Tempel | Posted 02.20.2012 | Gay Voices
Melissa Bollow Tempel

It became evident that I would have to address gender directly in order to make the classroom environment more comfortable for Allie and to squash the gender stereotypes that my first graders had absorbed in their short lives.