Now, my kids and I are so close. The whole experience has bonded us as a family. I learned so much about myself and how strong “just a mom” can be. When facing folks like school directors, I go in with my head held high and tell them what my child needs, instead of them telling me. I have consulted with transgender experts and have worked hard at Izzy’s school educating administrators and parents about what transgender means, about my child’s legal rights and what is and is not OK to ask or say.
This piece is excerpted with permission from Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle, and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children, collected and edited by Rachel Pepper (Cleis Press)