Advice To Parents and Friends of Transgender Individuals
Joe Ivester Educator. Racial and LGBTQ civil rights advocate.
Our son is transgender. We welcomed him into the world 26 years ago as a daughter, but he is now our son. What does that mean? Three years ago he had surgery to give himself a more masculine body. Two years ago he began hormone treatment, which led to male puberty. He changed his name from Emily to Jeremy and asked that we use male pronouns. We are proud of him and love him.
As the parent of a transgender man, I am sometimes asked for advice. I offer the following as a way to help others who have someone trans in their lives