Tag Archives: gender nonconforming

He Just Needs To Find His People, Then He’ll Be Safe

Growing up, I instinctively knew that I had to worry about my brother’s safety because he was slightly effeminate when young, people assumed he was gay as a teen, then he came out shortly after high school. All of those … Continue reading

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Dress Code Debacle

It’s end-of-the-school-year season around here. For middle school and high school students, that means there are lots of events happening for which the youth are expected to look extra nice and fancy. Which also means it’s a time when schools … Continue reading

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Chelsea Handler, Parenting, Gender & Us

A few months ago, we spent the day with Chelsea Handler talking about parenting, gender and what it’s like raising a gender nonconforming child. See some of our time together on the latest episode of her Netflix show Chelsea (Season … Continue reading

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The Gender Creative Child Book Giveaway

When people ask for resources to help raise and/or support a differently gendered child, at the top of my list has long been Dr. Diane Ehrensaft’s book Gender Born, Gender Made. I’ve officially added her latest book (released this month) … Continue reading

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When My Son Does My Makeup

C.J. started dabbling in makeup like most of us started — with Lip Smackers and cheap, hand-me-down eyeshadow that was a free gift with purchase. A spritz of perfume here. A few coats of nail polish there. Suddenly his makeup … Continue reading

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Real Dads Let Their Sons Do Their Makeup

For years, my son has been using my wife’s makeup to give his Barbie dolls makeovers and put makeup on a life-size mannequin head he got for Christmas a while back. Then he started doing my wife’s makeup regularly, so … Continue reading

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Raising My Rainbow In The Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Tribune recently asked me and others, “When boys wear dresses: What does it mean?” “At a time when there’s increasing awareness of transgender adults, the youngest gender-nonconforming Americans are also starting to come forward. That includes the kids … Continue reading

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