This is a day to honour trans folks who are parents and caregivers, in addition to - or rather than - the more binary gendered Mother’s Day and Father’s Day holidays. One family explains, “My daughters and I have worked out the whole gendered holidays by ignoring them. We celebrate Trans-Parent day [instead].” Not every trans parent will experience Mother’s and Father’s Day in the same way, but for those who find it uncomfortable or painful, Transgender Parent Day is a great alternative!
Coming out as trans, as a parent
Just as a child coming out as trans can be anxiety inducing for them, the same goes for parents who decide to come out to their spouse and/or children. For some parents, they worry that coming out as trans will fracture their relationship with their children.
Nothing can change the love you have for your child
Coming out can be terrifying, especially when you’re coming out to people who have known you for a long time. It can be especially daunting to consider coming out to your child no matter their age. Remember that your coming out is an opportunity to model authenticity and invite your child to join you in being whoever they are becoming.
Trans parents: you are not alone!
Closeted queer and trans people often feel extremely isolated. This can be especially difficult for closeted trans parents who might feel that they aren’t able to be their most authentic self with those they love most.
You don’t have to be out to be valid!
For some parents and caregivers, coming out simply doesn’t feel like an option for a million different reasons. If that’s where you are, I’m so sorry for the ways this might be painful and I want you to know that you can still be yourself, even in the quiet little private moments in between. I hope you can be kind to yourself.
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