Parents of Young Trans Adults
Remember, when a family member “comes out” as a trans person, they’re the same person you’ve always known and loved.
They are simply trusting you with more information about a specific aspect of themselves, the part related to their Gender identity.
Remember, if you are able to learn and practise acceptance, this type of disclosure can bring you closer together.
Elisabeth Ackroyd shares her experiences on an incredibly personal journey as the mother of a transperson. It is a beautiful and inspiring story about how the challenges and pains that she and her son encountered were overcome through love and mutual respect; enabling them to form a strong bond of lifelong friendship. Read their story here: Embracing the enigmatic truth behind my child’s happiness.
Caroline Watson has also shared her experience of discovering her son of 22 wanted to be female and her journey with Hannah to become the daughter she is so proud of. She relates the heartrending choices and ultimate triumph of both her and her daughter’s pathway to Hannah becoming the person she wanted to be. Read their story here: My Daughter, an Unexpected Gift.
As a follow up to Caroline’s experiences she has offered to support other parents beginning their own journeys. If your son or daughter is aged 18 or over, contact her on email firstname.lastname@example.org for friendly support, conversation and understanding that you are not alone.
New Trans+ Helpline
The south west region of the Charity Mind is opening a confidential helpline to support those who identify as Trans, their families and friends. From Friday 10th February 2017 the service will be available on Mondays and Fridays 8pm – Midnight. The call-handlers (many of whom are trans) have been extensively trained and will ensure it is a safe place to talk. If you, or someone you know, is in distress it can make a real difference to talk to someone about how you feel. You will be able to talk anonymously in complete confidence. If you need someone to talk to call the Trans + Mindline: 0300 330 5468