Posts tagged parenting
Posts tagged parenting
I heartily endorse this comic.
I do too. I like to think I’m that sort of dad.
Hooray for ignoring society’s stupid delineation between boys toys and girls toys! We push the idea of a great divide between the two sexes from such a young age- even before a child is born with blue or pink at the baby shower! Children grow up thinking that if they stray anywhere from the tiny box of accepted behaviors according to their genitalia something is deeply wrong with them. But it’s our fault, not theirs.
Three cheers for some awesome parents who have learned (pretty quickly) to accept and love their genderfluid child.
The night before Susan and Rob allowed their son to go to preschool in a dress, they sent an e-mail to parents of his classmates. When Alex was 4, he pronounced himself “a boy and a girl,” but in the two years since, he has been fairly clear that he is simply a boy who sometimes likes to dress and play in conventionally feminine ways. Alex, they wrote in their email, “has been gender-fluid for as long as we can remember, and at the moment he is equally passionate about and identified with soccer players and princesses, superheroes and ballerinas (not to mention lava and unicorns, dinosaurs and glitter rainbows).” They explained that Alex had recently become inconsolable about his parents’ ban on wearing dresses beyond dress-up time. After consulting their pediatrician, a psychologist and parents of other gender-nonconforming children, they concluded that “the important thing was to teach him not to be ashamed of who he feels he is.” Thus, the purple-pink-and-yellow-striped dress he would be wearing that next morning. For good measure, their e-mail included a link to information on gender-variant children.[photo: New York Times]
Transforming FAMILY is a ten minute documentary that jumps directly into an ongoing conversation among trans people about parenting. It is a beautiful snapshot of current issues, struggles and strengths of transexual, transgender and gender fluid parents (and parents to be) in North America today.
It Gets Better: Parents of Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Youth Speak Out
Zach Wahls, a 19-year-old University of Iowa student spoke about the strength of his family during a public forum on House Joint Resolution 6 in the Iowa House of Representatives. Wahls has two mothers, and came to oppose House Joint Resolution 6 which would end civil unions in Iowa.
The fight to to keep marriage equality in Iowa continues, help us support Iowans like Zach.