Caitlyn's story is about a personal journey culminating with that wonderful statement 'living my true self'.
As Ruth Hunt (CEO of Stonewall) tweeted "Respect to #CaitlynJenner for finding peace but most #trans people can only dream of such of support and still put themselves out there", there is still some way to go.
We sincerely hope that many #trans individuals will now have the confidence to come out and be themselves. For many individuals coming out is just a first step, albeit hugely significant. Expressing themselves in their rightful gender must be extremely hard to do - I speak only as a father of a transgender child. We give our total support telling our child how wonderful they look but sometimes that does not meet the deeper underlying need. Coming out is a complete transformation, both inside and out. There is so much more than what has been discussed in the media. As Paris Lees tweeted today "Trans people, you're more than a cheap before and after shot...let's talk about our human rights and not our genitals". Reminds me of that video about questions NOT to ask #trans individuals. We all need to think carefully and give them respect and love.
As parents, in fact everyone in society, needs to give them every encouragement.
Trans people, you're more than a cheap before & after shot... sisters respect yourself, let's talk about our human rights & not our genitals ~ Paris Lees
The struggle for the child to adapt must be immense as well. The parent is still there in love, compassion and understanding but also different. We need to be there but there are groups out there who can help
We'd like to recommend agencies who may be able to help.
- The Beaumont Trust http://www.beaumontsociety.org.uk/help-and-advice/
- The Gender Trust http://gendertrust.org.uk/directory/support-groups
- F2M Support information http://www.qwestftmuk.org/resources.html
Everyone in society needs to give them every encouragement.