Whoa, my New York Times essay was just published online, more than 24 hours before they told me it would be. I mean we just finished the final copy edit on the thing. The emails are already rolling in, and I will soon be awash in them, hoping to somehow have the time and fortitude to acknowledge people sharing *their* powerful stories. I’ll give it my best.
For those of you landing here because of the Times, you’ll be happy to know that wife and I are doing great, some nine months later. More of the backstory can be found in the article I recently wrote for my former employer, the Boston Globe (and who I still freelance for). I love the Globe and the professionalism they showed when we worked on this and in the treatment of it in print. (I should add that this back-to-back story thing was unplanned. Globe was originally going to run in May and the Times piece in “the fall.” Instead it’s a transmonic convergence!)
After the Globe article was published I heard from hundreds of readers, some parents of transgender kids, some spouses, some just supporters. Dear readers, there are gender-variant people everywhere. We have so much more in common as human beings than we do as markers on the gender continuum. Let us all stay as compassionate and open-hearted as we can. That’s really the best we can do in any situation.