A Mom's Response to Her Son's Coming Out As Trans Is a Model for Parents Everywhere

A Mom's Response to Her Son's Coming Out As Trans Is a Model for Parents Everywhere

The coming out process for transgender children is one fraught with challenges and fears for many trans youth. Will my parents understand? Will they accept me for who I really am? Will they be confused, disappointed or worse — reject me? There's even a WikiHow page on the subject.

But parents everywhere could learn a little something about how to respond to your transgender child coming out from Jodi Gholson Oliver. The Las Vegas-based hairstylist announced her 19-year-old son's coming out with a beautifully written, celebratory note posted to her Facebook page on March 27. And it's pretty much perfect.

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Meredith Bennett-Smith

Meredith Bennett-Smith is the Identities Section Editor. She is a lover of soccer, social equality, coffee and happy hours. When not fighting the patriarchy or various forces of bigotry, she can be found in Prospect Heights.

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