Hallmark holidays like Mother's Day and Father's Day can be a challenge for LGBT folks, because our relationship to the nutty cluster of family life can be complicated. Yesterday, my friend Derry Rundlett published an homage to his loving daughter, Nicole Rundlett. He speaks candidly about the complex emotions surrounding Nicole's transition:
I wasn't sure how I should react. Was I supposed to try to change my child's mind? If I didn't, what would people think? Luckily, guidance arrived in the form of a pep talk from my stepdaughter Shelby, a clinical social worker. "Your job," she informed me, "is to be the most supportive father you can be." Shelby's comment was the best thing I could hear from someone I loved so much. She was the poster child of the reaction I was looking for in most people.
You can read the rest of the story in the Portland Press Herald. Derry, Nicole and I are working on a book about a dad's journey through his daughter's transition. It's a funny, dramatic, suspenseful tale about a somewhat unlikely ally. I believe it will be a valuable resource for parents of trans people.
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