As I have stated before, I spent the majority of my childhood living in fear that someone would find out about my Crossdressing. From all that I had seen and heard, people like me could not have a regular life and were destined to be alone. There was no internet and no way to connect with others like myself. It was not until I met my wife that I felt comfortable enough with another person that I expose this side of me.
Fast forward years later and I am now dealing with the other side of the coin to a degree. My Child recently came out as Genderqueer which really does prove the adage that the apple does not fall far from the tree. It’s been a learning curve even for me at times making sure I use the name they prefer and using the correct pronouns of “them” and “they”.
— cynthia H (@cynthia_0102) March 25, 2017
We were a little worried about telling friends and family, But for the most part, they have been positive, except one. I am not going to name which family member this is but it is a close one. When we first started telling people this person said they were totally okay with the idea and had no problems accepting them. It was revealed later that they would not use the Child’s preferred name and thought it was stupid to use “them” and “they” as pronouns. Some other hurtful things were thrown around like how we were hurting the Child in the long run and would cause issues down the road. This is totally disrespectful to the child and as far as I am concerned way more destructive than us letting them be who they are.
I expected our child to be upset about this but she went beyond sad and straight to rage. She decided that this person was one they would not waste any time with then if they would not accept them for who they are. Needless to say, they have not spent any time with this person for quite awhile now and other than a polite hello says nothing to them at all.
We did not take our child coming out lightly, we made multiple appointments with Doctors and therapists and made sure we were doing everything we should be at this point. We were assured that we were doing everything right and could not be doing anymore. As far as hurting the Child I can tell you this much, Now that they are out they have flourished more than floundered. It’s amazing to see how far they have come just in the last few months. We are so proud that they felt safe enough with us that it was no problem to tell us. I don’t understand people that disown their children because of gender or sexuality. As a parent, it’s your duty to raise your Child not decide who they are.
We will be having more appointments soon and are slowly deciding on which direction they would like to take at this time. I will keep you all posted on what happens.
Thanks for reading my vent