I have a transgender child in Texas. I know gender affirming parenting can save a child’s life.

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11/03/2019

Politicians in my state are cruelly using a custody case to promote discrimination against transgender people and perhaps criminalize their loving parents. My son, Jeremy, is transgender. He is also an uncle, a barista, a babysitter, a friend and a neighbor. What my son Jeremy is not is “Satan’s spawn” or “evidence of Satan’s plan,” as Texas Assistant Attorney General Jeff Mateer has described transgender children. To be transgender means that someone knows that the gender they are on the inside differs from the sex assigned to them by a doctor or nurse at birth ​either visibly or by DNA. Sex assignment is based on a visual inspection of genitalia; the inner awareness of gender is far more personal.

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