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March 06, 2018
How Being an Ally To My Son Changed Me and the Road Ahead
I'm a better man than I was 4 years ago. I've my son to thank...
February 21, 2018
Tide Pods, Guns, Teenagers, Terrible People and David Bowie
Over the last five years, two children have died eating laundry pods. In 2018 we...
February 19, 2018
Black Panther and Overcoming Fear to Join Black Lives Matter
Last Thursday evening I went and saw Black Panther. The movie was incredible on many...
February 14, 2018
TransParenting 101 Lesson 12: Single Parent Dating!
I've had some awkward misadventures in dating as a single parent with a transgender teen. I...
February 09, 2018
Alabama’s Anti Trans ID Laws and Definitions of “Finished” Transitioning?
The other day I heard a school official use the words "until he is finished...
February 07, 2018
TransParenting 101 Lesson 11: The Double Edge of Being Heroes
Because I am a parent, I am kicking today's column off with a picture taken...
February 05, 2018
On Calling Each Other Out, Judgements, TERFs and Rose McGowan
I remember the first time I heard the term TERF. I learned the term as...
February 02, 2018
One That Got Away: Runaway Teens Experiencing Homelessness
The largest demographic of teenagers in America experiencing homelessness are LGBTQIA youth. Most of these...
January 31, 2018
Living on a Prayer With Memories and Getting a Parental Do-Over
I'm used to thinking about my son as my son. When I think of memories...
January 26, 2018
Courts And Schools that Deny Full and Equal Access: Grabbing the Dial!
In December I wrote about Palatine School District 211's Board meeting. During public commentary there...
January 24, 2018
TransParenting 101 Lesson 9: Another Person’s Problem Isn’t Your Kid’s
I remember hearing a story that horrified me. A transgender teenager I know was going...
January 22, 2018
Suicide, Dolores O’Riordan, Messages, and Thanks to Readers
Last week, I posted a column about the speculation of suicide or accidental overdose in...
January 19, 2018
Evangelical Christians, Trump, Health Care: “Leiningen Versus the Ants”
A few days ago, reports of the Trump Administration allowing Evangelical medical providers the religious...
January 15, 2018
TransParenting 101 Lesson 8: MLK Day Special Edition: Don’t Be a Racist
"So what did you think of our group, Pat?" A fellow dad of a transgender...
January 12, 2018
What Can Help That Tortured Teen Online: Nothing and Everything
Within a half an hour of posting my column about Lori Beynon, the first transgender...
January 11, 2018
Transgender Teenager Terrorized by Trolls Titillating Themselves
I was about to publish my next TransParenting 101 lesson and I came across the...
January 09, 2018
Unexpected Mea Culpas From the UCC: Allies and Apologies
The unexpected happens when you least expect it. My encounters with the UCC in this...
January 04, 2018
Cards Against Humanity Saves The Holidays: A TransParent Adventure
Cards Against Humanity saved the holidays for me and my family. I sent them a...
January 02, 2018
Transparenting 101 Lesson Seven: You Have a Very Normal Child
I was expressing some frustration with a woman I used to date about something I...
December 29, 2017
TransParenting 101 Lesson 6: Trans Parenting and Activism?
Does a parent of a transgender child have to be an activist? Is this a...
December 25, 2017
Brokenhearted Christmas Greetings With Hope For Us All
I'm 1200 miles from home today. I am seeing my fiance's family and have a...
December 22, 2017
Transparenting 101 Homework Assignments Recaps and Gratitude
Transparenting 101 is something close to my heart. Right now, I need to hear the...
December 20, 2017
TransParenting 101 Lesson 5: Holiday Gifts For Your Greatest Gift
It is almost Christmas. In a previous blog I celebrated the the gift that my...
December 18, 2017
TransParenting 101 Lesson 4: Dealing With “Friends” and Parents
The friends we make are one of the biggest indicators to our children as...
December 15, 2017
Palatine Area Residents Discuss a Teen at a School Board Meeting
For over two years, Palatine Il has been a lightning rod in local and national news for...
December 13, 2017
TransParenting 101: Homework Letters From TransParents!
I used to be an adjunct professor. In the 2 years I did that, it...
December 11, 2017
Transparenting 101 Lesson 3: The Letter You May Have to Write
There is a letter that most supportive transparents have to write in regard to their...
December 08, 2017
Transparenting 101 Lesson 2: Who to Tell About Your Kid and How
My son and some of his friends have been watching Transparenting 101 with great interest....
December 06, 2017
TransParenting 101: Lesson 1: Pronouns, Patience, and Poise
If you are new to this column, I've just started a new series called TransParenting...
December 04, 2017
TransParenting 101: Introductions: So Your Kid Came Out?
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