P.A.R.C. Mag Issue #8 - Page 40

"I strongly advise that you care more about your child than anyone else or your social standing in the community. It is not them you need to please, it’s your child you need to protect, honor and love. Ask your child questions, and if he/she doesn’t know, that’s fine, it’s not rocket science. Sometimes it takes a while for kids to know for themselves, but don’t be surprised if they have it all figured out. I advise seeking the medical care of a transgender therapist and when the time is right an endocrinologist. Join support groups either online or locally if you have any. One of the most important things you can do for your child is to advocate for their personal/medical needs, and human rights and protections. You will want to let your child pick his or her name, if they decide to change that, and offer to let them pick out the clothes they want to wear. Equally important you will need to honor their preferred pronoun “he, she, them, etc.” Your family is all that matters and at that moment it is about your child’s needs. When ready, seek legal help in making all legal changes in their identity. Lastly, don’t forget to take care of yourself. You will need support during this transition, so be sure to look into support groups, or seek out therapy for yourself if you feel you need to. These suggestions were mainly for transgender children. As far as sexual orientations; gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, asexual etc. it’s simply a matter of love and acceptance. Who a person loves is their business, and you shouldn’t have an issue with it. However, if you do, then please seek help for your problem."

For more info and to get help please visit:

Secular Parent Support Group for Parents of Transgender Kids at

https://www.facebook.com/groups/seculartransparent1/

or

https://www.healthyplace.com

Beth's urges readers to become familiar with the following:

-Transgender Equality

-Gender Support Plan

-Passport Gender Policy

-PFLAG-Transgender