Posts Tagged "PFLAG"

2015 Time To Thrive Speech by Debi Jackson

Posted on Feb 15, 2015 in Advocacy | 1 comment

I was asked to speak at this year’s Time to Thrive Conference, hosted by HRC in Portland, Oregon. Time to Thrive is an event focused on educating professionals who work with LGBT youth about their unique issues, struggles, and needs. I was introduced by another amazing PFLAG mom, Betty DeGeneres! My speech this year told more of our daughter’s story, a painful part of the journey that I don’t often talk about. I felt it was important, though, for people working with at-risk youth to really understand what those risks can be. And I also challenged parents to be more accepting of their LGBT kids and to really advocate for them. HRC has resources that can...

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What Is Child Abuse: A trans child’s perspective

Posted on Dec 6, 2014 in Personal Thoughts | 1 comment

AJ (7-years old) asked where I was the other night, and I told her I was at a PFLAG fundraiser. She said “That’s the group you are in to help families understand and be happy if they have a kid like me, right?” I told her yes and for some other kids, too. Then she asked, “What if the family never is ok with it? Do you take the kids away and find them a better home?” I said that no one can do that unless a child is being hurt and abused by being hit or not fed or something. Then she said…”Well, technically, they are being abused because they are being hurt on the inside, in their heart, and that would be even worse.”...

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Making Schools Safe for Transgender Children

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 in Education Issues | 0 comments

We are fortunate that by homeschooling our kids, we don’t have to worry about unsupportive administrations, mishandled paperwork, or other children (or their parents) bullying our AJ and her brother. But for a lot of parents, their children are already in a school system when they come out as transgender and start their transition. So what can you do as a parent to ensure your child is safe in a school? You have a few options. First, you must decide if your child will stay in their current school or if you will transfer to a different school in the district. If your child wants to be stealth, changing schools is probably the only way to make that happen. I have...

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