Raising and supporting a transgender child (including teens and young adults) is still seen as a radical move by many. We are here to offer support and help educate people on matters ranging from understanding the difference between being gender non-conforming and trans, talking to doctors, when to allow a child to transition, name changes, clothing, puberty, hormones, sports, schools, family stress, religion, laws, frustrations and triumphs.
As society starts to understand the needs of the transgender community, more people are seeking information on how to be supportive. We will also explore ways schools, medical offices, and businesses in general can support the trans population, as an extension of the training services offered through Gender Inc.
Trans-Parenting Podcast Episode 9: An Interview with Darlene Tando, LCSW
In Episode 9 of the Trans-Parenting podcast, I sat down to chat with Darlene Tando, a licensed clinical social worker who recently appeared on the Dr. Phil show. In that episode, a mom and her teen were on to talk about the mom’s struggle accepting her daughter’s transition. Darlene is also the author of “The […]
Trans-Parenting Podcast Episode 8: Q&A session
In this episode, I answer questions I received during a Q&A session on Facebook, with additional questions from private messages and Twitter. Here’s the rundown: 4:40 How old are you? 5:01 How tall are you? 5:38 What do we do in places like North Carolina when we send our kids to school and […]
Trans-Parenting Podcast Episode 7: How to Create a Trans-Inclusive School
What should a school do to become transgender-inclusive? I recently gave the keynote address to the NEA’s GLBT Caucus during their annual dinner telling our not-so-great experience with a school and offering tips on how they could begin creating a safe and affirming space for trans and gender non-conforming students within their schools. You can read […]
Trans-Parenting Podcast Episode 6: Interview with NCLR Attorney Asaf Orr
In this episode, I sit down with Asaf Orr, Esq., Transgender Youth Project Staff Attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) to talk about the most common legal questions parents of trans youth have, including: how to file for name and gender marker changes, medical insurance, dealing with schools when your child transitions, when to […]
Trans-Parenting Podcast Episode 5: Pediatric support confusion
There’s an article making the rounds that appears to say pediatricians believe supporting trans youth amounts to child abuse. But who are these pediatricians exactly? They are a group called the American College of Pediatricians. Ok, sounds good. But… They are NOT the American Academy of Pediatrics, which is the organization people seem to think […]
Trans-Parenting Podcast Epidode 4: Avery Jackson is in the House!
Avery Jackson, my 8-year-old daughter, joins me on today’s episode. We talk about what life was like before transitioning and how it’s been since. She has opinions and isn’t shy about sharing them. Hear her thoughts on bathroom bills and being a good parent. She also tells about some of the cool stuff that she’s been up […]
Thank you for taking time to make this podcast and having it available. I’m not trans or have anyone in my family that is. I wanted to find a podcast that will help me understand the trans world, so I can be more supportive in being able to defend this community. I hope all is going well for you and your family.
Thoughtful and Compassionate
An excellent show. I've learned a lot of trans terminology over the past eight months, but find myself better informed after hearing the first episode. Additionally, I am particularly touched by the compassion that Debi has for parents struggling with their own fears upon learning their kid is trans- rather than simply condemning them and reinforcing a simplistic and binary good/ bad view of people.
This podcast is a great-and safe-place to have your questions answered. If you find yourself asking "how can a kid know they're trans?" or "what in the world does cisgender mean?" this podcast is for you.