Life has a way of nudging us to that edge and beckoning us to live deeply. When we receive that invitation, it is an opportunity for growth. It may be uncertain or challenging, but it is certain to be rewarding. And through this journey, we can turn the unbearable into the beautiful.
Let’s give our kids the map and the information they need to address their fears, prejudices and the rampant social pressure they experience as teens. Let’s give them inclusive and comprehensive information that helps them become informed and equipped with the resources and experience they need to take the wheel. Let’s make it safer for LGBTQ kids to come out. Let’s make it safer for straight kids to be allies. Let’s equip them for the road ahead whether its straight or not.
As I listen to my clients, I share in their sense of struggle and hope for change. By telling our stories, my clients, and my colleagues are creating a sense of community and shelter. We talk to each other online and across the table-to combat the psychological onslaught that we experience with every bumper sticker, every sign, every commercial. The punch in the gut that shakes us awake. Where thought we were safe or supported, we are not. Where we thought injustice would not be tolerated, there is ominous silence. Or a bright yellow sign.
There are few events in a family that can match the impact of a Transgender person coming out. So how is a family to adapt to the radical change that comes with gender transition? What are the hallmarks of a family that is capable of making the journey of gender transition -to find a richer sense of family and belonging?