Probably no one will see this now, but I want to say thanks to Kade, Donna Rose, and Cheryl for forging a public path long before the safety of Anderson Cooper. You each provided an important piece of my journey as a parent. Through your stories I got to know real people and my ignorance, fears, and insecurities melted away. There are 7 billion opinions on the subject and no right answers as much as people would like to think they are right or have the majority. The rejection, hatred, alienation, condemnation, and bullying bestowed on peaceful people because they are different constitutes some of the greatest abuses anyone can ever face. I know I can do better. Thank you Anderson Cooper and your wonderful staff for a compassionate addition to the subject!
As Drew’s dad, I want to reinforce the message of Danann’s dad that I too owed it to my child to educate myself on what it means to be transgender and support Drew wholeheartedly. It did not make any sense to me to be willing (like any parent) to jump in front of a bus to save my kid, but not be able to make the commitment to supporting his life as an affirmed (transgender) male. As Danann’s dad said on the show “The alternative is unthinkable.”
For parents just starting down the journey, it was helpful for me to separate the outside world and my insecurities, from my child’s needs. Allowing your child the safety of living in the gender of their choice at home is the only way I know to discover or affirm the child’s gender. The experience has brought me much closer to Drew for which I am extremely grateful.
If you are blessed with a transgender child, you will also discover that it was not really a choice for them. Suppressing and rejecting a transgender child robs them of their childhood and adds tremendously to the burden of transition later in life.
For transgender people, you are as uniquely special just like every other person. You deserve love and happiness. You didn’t need me to tell you, though :).
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