I'm working on my Master's Degree in Library and Information Science. The class I'm taking this semester is Digital Cultures. As part of my class work, I will be blogging for the rest of the semester about a particular subset of Digital Culture; Transgender people. I've seen a lot of change in how transgender people…Read more Digital Cultures – Transgender Lives and Valentine’s Day
I love Rocketman, the biopic-musical mashup that chronicles the early life and career of Elton John. I grew up with his music; it was all around in my childhood. I remember watching Elton on the Muppet Show. I liked his music; and there were certain songs of his that were favorites, but very little shook…Read more A new addition to my favorite movies…
I have been swamped with my job for the last several weeks. While I was out on a work trip, I received a text from my friend Sister Luisa, exhorting me to read my email and respond as quickly as I could. I was in the middle of things, and filed it away to do…Read more The Catholic Hierarchy and the Lost Trans Sheep
A snippet of a real conversation at the Fox a couple of years ago. Setting: The line for the men's bathroom at a concert intermission. The Fox is an older theatre and the bathrooms aren't large - the lines were hanging out of both bathrooms. A gentleman is looking for the food line. The concessions…Read more A Funny Thing Happened at the Fox….
After this semester, I'll be halfway through my Master's degree program. That's not saying much, as I'm taking one class at a time - so I've already been at this for three school years...three to go. But, I'm not in a rush. I am exhausted this semester already, though, and I have to admit part…Read more Halfway…
In the spring semester of 2018, my Master's Degree class was Young Adults in the Library. For one of my projects, I assembled a reading list of Young Adult books that were both LGBTQ in nature as well as diverse and created the below graphic for them. I read each of these books before recommending…Read more Diverse LGBTQ YA books
I started this blog two years ago. I did not do a good job of keeping it updated in 2018, particularly the latter half of the year. I was challenged by too many other things; mostly the medical issues that I had going on that have been my own private trial. Anyone who ever tries…Read more New Beginnings
I recently watched the move Cast Away. It was very popular when it came out, but I'd never gotten around to watching it all the way through. I'd seen snippets; enough to know who Wilson is. *********************** spoilers below *********************** One of my very first observations of this film was about me. I've learned so…Read more Cast Away
Parents of trans children amaze me on a regular basis. They don’t think they are doing anything special, they are only doing what any parent who loves their child and wants to see them happy and successful would do.
However, previous generations of trans people did not have this kind of love and support at home. Often, our parents were our first or worst enemies. Even now, near half of homeless kids are LGBT – homeless because parents have discarded them.
These parents are blazing a trail that is going to make a difference.
Yes. All parents walking the earth are tired.
We are all absolutely in solidarity with that fact.
We could all use about a week on a deserted island without any children, technology, or responsibilities of any kind.
But I feel the need to tell you about the special kind of tired that parents of transgender kids are experiencing.
It’s different than most versions of tired.
And this isn’t to “one-up”. And this certainly isn’t to take away from an LGBTQIA child themselves, their own struggles and hardships. This isn’t to take away from, or distract from… anyone.
This isn’t a competition.
This is just to simply explain and shed light on how we’re feeling, since it’s of my belief that we, the parents of trans youth, are living in our own marginalized community.
Unless we happen to live in some uber progressive area, we are all acutely aware of…
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Next week is Banned Book week, highlighting the books that are, or continue to be, challenged or demanded to be removed from the public. I've included the Top Ten Most challenged list from the American Library Association below. I'd like to point out that yet again, many of the challenged books feature LGBT characters or…Read more Banned Book Week 2018