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  1. Thank you for this. I found you through the LGBT group at ARC. My sibling is transitioning from female to male. This is not so much a struggle for me as she always seemed more like my brother than sister, but is a struggle for me to explain to my 3.5 year old who adores her aunt. Reading through many of your posts have given me a better understanding of the “process” and maybe a better idea of how to address it. I am excited to keep reading your posts.

    • Jackie, it’s such a nice feeling to know that you’re supporting your brother through this transition. I have many nieces and nephews, and one of the worries I heard expressed by family members is that the children would be confused if they were asked to switch from “aunt” to “uncle” when they addressed me. What is most often the case, however, is that the children reflect the concerns (or lack thereof) of the adults around them. If the adult acts like it’s a horribly confusing thing, the child might also decide that it’s confusing. If the adult explains that gender is not always clearly defined and sometimes people have to make adjustments, the child is more likely to accept that what the adult says is the truth. It could be as much of a non-issue as explaining child birth to a child who asks about it. “She has a baby inside her, and she goes to the hospital and the doctor takes it out and then you have a little sister…” Sometimes a little girl might worry, “Will this happen to me?” And you can say, “Maybe.” If anything is confusing for a child, I imagine that is. Yet our society has made it a non-issue, so our children just figure things out in more detail when they get older.

      My advice to you, Jackie, is that you just explain to your daughter that “auntie” is now “uncle,” and if she asks more questions, answer them honestly within the context of her understanding as you would any other life event that might impact her life. I applaud you for your supportive and affirming attitude toward your brother.

      Thank you for sharing!

  2. Hi, Brent and Julie,

    I am Jared. we met at the TransOhio Symposium last fall. (It was in that last seminar with Margaret Hawk).Just wanted to touch base a bit, and share some thoughts.

    First, I began seeing a counselor about a month and a half ago. Moving along with getting my clearance to meet Ohio’s standards. On top of that, finding her was definitely a divine act. The providential affirmations for my transitioning are amazing.

    Sometime in the next month or two (depends on the court date) I will be changing my name officially to Jared. Tired of trying to be two people. Is exciting, and a little scary. I work in a call center, so I won’t sound like a Jared for a while. lol.

    Your ministry is such a breath of fresh air. My heart does hurt for those (straight, gay, trans, and queer) who have been barred from experiencing the love of the True and living God by shame based doctrinal legalists. Keep up the good fight!

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