Posts Tagged "coming out"

Deadnaming — What Elliot Page’s Public Transition Can Teach Us

Posted on Dec 13, 2020 in Education Issues, Media | 0 comments

Deadnaming — What Elliot Page’s Public Transition Can Teach Us

Elliot Page, an actor known for roles in Juno, X-Men films, and their current Oscar-nominated role in The Umbrella Academy, has started a flurry of online discussions after coming out as transgender. These discussions focused on the practice of “deadnaming” a transgender person. Deadnaming means referring to a person who is transgender by the name they used before they transitioned. Not everyone likes that terms, so you might also hear it called (and you can say instead) their “birth name,” “given name,” or “former name.” When we know that someone has transitioned, it can be a mental challenge at first to adhere to a trans...

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My Little Advocate Makes a Splash in Her Avery Chat Video

Posted on May 15, 2015 in Media, Video | 1 comment

We knew. We knew that the time would come when AJ wanted to speak out for herself. As her parents, we were hoping it wouldn’t be for a long time. You know, the way you never want your kids to date. We thought we had time. We thought we could be better prepared. We wanted to protect her. But she is an amazing kid. An amazingly headstrong kid, too. With so much coverage of trans issues in the news, from the NBC Nightly News covering two trans kids to the big Bruce Jenner interview, we stumbled across a post from Entertainment Tonight listing 9 Inspirational Stories of Transgender Kids and Their Supportive Parents. We were one of the families. When AJ saw the post,...

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When Your Trans Child Comes Out Unexpectedly

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 in Personal Thoughts | 1 comment

AJ and her friend Jasmine announced they are ‪transgender‬ to the whole Brownie troop tonight. I don’t think I breathed for about four minutes. Jasmine was visiting and during intros was asked if there was anything she’d like to share about herself. She said “Well, I’m transgender.” My heart almost stopped. I thought I’d be more prepared for that kind of moment than I was. But she was amazing. She explained what being trans is and then AJ jumped in with “And I’m transgender, too! We both are.” The girls had a couple of questions but they all took it in stride. One even jumped in and said “We can learn about...

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