The kids are still on summer vacay and life will be hectic during the next two weeks as we transition back into the world of academia, so forgive me if the next few blog posts are lackluster.
C.J.’s Brother starts third grade next week and pre-K starts the following week. I talk with C.J.’s new teacher about his gender creativeness at the end of next week. Wish me luck and think good thoughts!
Have you heard the news…
Yesterday, ABC’s Nightline did a really interesting special on transgender kids and their families. Read more here.
On Wednesday, The Santa Barbara Independent ran a story titled “What If My Kid’s Gay.” It’s alright. Read it here.
Since Chaz Bono was announced as one of the contestants on the new season of Dancing With The Stars, some people have been super pissed and suggested that either he shouldn’t be allowed to participate because he is transgender or they question whether he should compete as a male or female. What’s being transgender got to do with it? C.J.’s family will be watching and cheering Chaz on along with Cher, who should totes call us if she wants to come to our viewing party. Read more here.
I can’t decide how I feel about Chaz. He’s been quoted as saying that all butch lesbians are really just confused men. That sort of generalization makes me angry….
My only issue with Chaz is he’s not actually a star. He’s the child of stars.
Thank you for sharing this! The ABC episode was tough, very tough. Most of all, I would like people to imagine what they would do if this was their child looking up at them asking them simple questions we have yet to figure out. I have a gender creative niece, and I know she has it so much easier being on this side of things. It’s still tough, of course. I can’t imagine being able to love her more, and I honestly feel that it would be the same way had she told me the heart-wrenching truth the children in that episode shared. I am amazed at what courage that would take. They are teaching us, right? 🙂
I thought of your family as I watched the Primetime Nightline episode the other night. I told my partner about how much I enjoy your blog and what a great parent and inspiration that you are. Thank you for all you do!
We all need luck. Remember the teacher who was fired for a brief period then reinstated (I guess the termination was considered wrongful) because the teacher’s bigoted thoughts about homosexuality was put on FACEBOOK?
So looking forward to hearing how your talk with CJ’s teacher goes. I don’t think you need any luck – I think you will do Just Fine. But I *am* sending you lots of strength, resolve, and positive thoughts. Keep us posted. We, your readers, support you.