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Supporting Transgender and Gender-Creative Youth

Schools, Families, and Communities in Action, Revised Edition

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Edited By Elizabeth J. Meyer and Annie Pullen Sansfaçon

Supporting Transgender and Gender-Creative Youth brings together cutting-edge research, social action methods, and theory on the topic of transgender youth and gender creative kids. The chapters included specifically address issues in education, social work, medicine, and counseling as well as challenges and recommendations for families and parents. It is well researched and accessible to a broad audience of individuals invested in improving the social worlds of gender diverse children and youth.
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Chapter Ten: Parent-Initiated Gender-Creativity: Raising Queerlings

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It’s very sad to me. I am very sad to see Sage grow up in the world; and he’s [in] such an innocent place right now. He doesn’t understand gender. He doesn’t get it. And it is so wonderful to see him play with his dolls, pretend to be Angelina [the Ballerina] all of the time, and Alice in Wonderland, and Dorothy. He always picks the female figures, but he doesn’t even know they are females. … And I know it’s going to leave him, and I’m going to be sad. And eventually he is going to be teased. He is going to be teased about his long hair. Teased for being Angelina, or whatever.

[… And] I feel pressure to cut his hair, ’cause he has bangs. It’s ’cause he has bangs and long hair that he looks particularly girly-girl. You know? If you have all of it long, a lot of boys do that, but not many have bangs and a bob. [Laughs] It’s like a bob. He prefers to wear girly clothes, so I know, people must think that I am really trying to screw my kid up big time. Not only am I raising him in a two-mom household, but I’m actually trying to make him into a girl! [Sighs.] But no, I actually don’t give a ——. I actually think it doesn’t matter.

So, in terms of gender and mothering, I just wish that people would leave me alone with the gender crap. Why...

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