Category Archives: Family

The power of ‘renaming ceremonies’

I enjoyed this article just out in the New York Times on “renaming ceremonies” for trans people – a time to state, “this is my new name and my new presence.” It’s a recognition and a validation. It’s especially meaningful … Continue reading

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Many views of transition from partners’ perspectives

I’m so happy to have another resource for “partners of,” the new book “Love, Always: Partners of Trans People on Intimacy, Challenge & Resilience,” edited by Jordon Johnson and Becky Garrison, published by Transgress Press. (My Boston Globe piece was … Continue reading

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Bruce Jenner and the rest of us

So, Bruce Jenner. I had not been aware of the speculations about a possible gender transition until a few weeks ago. I don’t keep up with the Kardashians or with Bruce. When the news became more imminent, I read a … Continue reading

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Jill Soloway discusses her TV show ‘Transparent’

Today’s New York Times magazine has a lengthy profile of Jill Soloway and her comedy series “Transparent,” starting Sept. 26 on Amazon Instant Video. Jill, who wrote and produced “Six Feet Under,” has created plenty of edgy shows. In her … Continue reading

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‘Trans Bodies, Trans Selves,’ a must-own

Over the past few weeks I’ve been thumbing through the behemoth compilation “Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community,” planning to write about the recently published book soon. I did see an Associated Press story about it … Continue reading

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New book gives wives insight

I recently received a copy of “My Husband’s a Woman Now” from Leslie Hilburn Fabian, a fellow (sister?) “wife of,” asking that I consider it for my list of transgender resources. It’s been added! There are so few books out … Continue reading

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Boston Globe shines positive light on transgender camp

I’ve already written a bit about Nick Teich and his brilliant Camp Aranu’tiq, the first-ever summer camp for transgender children. Nick, a social worker who lives in the Boston area, established the non-profit organization and a group of volunteers run … Continue reading

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Spouses, parents, and other family members share overlapping needs

I’m looking forward to speaking by phone tomorrow with a group of MSW students (Master in Social Work) at the University of Kansas. The class is “Social Work with LGBT Clients,” and is meant to prepare future clinical social workers. … Continue reading

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Important new books add to the body of knowledge

When I first encountered Nick Teich and his brilliant Camp Aranu’tiq, the first-ever summer camp for transgender children, I was blown away. First, it’s a fantastic idea. Second, it’s one of those things people talk about doing but don’t get … Continue reading

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Fictional ‘Jonas’ rings true to life

When my writing coach (the amazing Melissa Delbridge) said, “you HAVE to read “Jonas” by Belle Boggs, I thought she was telling me that because it contained prose that achieves everything she keeps reminding me to do: show don’t tell, … Continue reading

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