Parents show love, understanding to transgender children

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Parents show love, understanding to transgender children

Re: “Parents seek wrong cure for gender confusion,” June 30:

The writer of a recent letter to The Wilson Times seems to indicate some parents “will shop for a physician” for their transgender children “in an effort to appear cutting-edge and trendy.”

As members of PFLAG, we find this statement quite puzzling. The parents of transgender children, it appears to us, are deeply motivated by tremendous love for their children. They also are driven by an intense desire to “stop the hurt” — the hurt of transgender youth suicides and transphobic violence.

How does it feel to be a transgender child? How does it feel to be the parent of a transgender child? What helps us gain more understanding of the complex issues these families must face?

It helps to know a transgender child or adult.

It helps to know the parents or grandparents of a transgender child.

It helps to listen to their stories.

It helps to read reports — reports from reputable scientific journals.

It helps for all of us to speak up for those who experience the hurt of being different.

Maybe it helps to attend a PFLAG meeting, too. Our Rocky Mount chapter meets the third Tuesday evening of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 516 N. Church, Rocky Mount. Those who envision a society that embraces everyone, including those of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, are welcome to attend. For additional information, email pflagrm@aol.com.

Lela Chesson
Rocky Mount
Susan Ayers
Editor’s Note: The writers are co-presidents of PFLAG-Rocky Mount. The organization’s name is taken from an abbreviation for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.