The resounding message of this blogger is: We want our children to be happy, healthy confident individuals.
This is for all you parents out there who are struggling to accept your child’s coming out and desire to transition. As a parent of a transgender teen (FtM), I feel that I am “qualified” to share these words and sentiments.
Do you know…
Parental Support Matters? Only 15% of trans youth without parental support described their mental health as “very good” or excellent, compared to 70% of trans youth with parental support. (source)
Transgender people are more than 25 times more likely than non-transgender people to attempt suicide some time during their life? (41% vs. 1.6%) (source)
78% of transgender youth in K-12 had experienced harassment? (source)
Recently I asked my son how our support has affected him since he came out to us two years ago. Do you know what he told me? “I feel confident about who I am. I don’t feel ashamed to be me.”
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