Families Supporting Families
Eight years ago, after a long journey with infertility, my husband and I were blessed with twin boys. Our house was filled with hot wheels, superheroes, and all things stereotypically "boy".
At around 3 years old, things began to change. Gavin's superheroes were eventually overtaken by Barbies. Princesses, dresses, and makeup were in abundance. There was a shift around 4 when we noticed that "he" didn't just like"girl toys" and pretty things - but was old enough to actually communicate true gender identity. Our child started saying things like "why was I made a boy when I know that I'm really supposed to be a girl?" This comment, and others like it, became weekly conversations.
After about a year of research, talking to our pediatrician, meeting with teachers at school, talking to Dr. Reirden at the TRUE Center for Gender Diversity, and meeting with child therapists, "Gavin" chose to socially transition to living in her true gender expression at 5. She now goes by Gavi. Her self-esteem has sky-rocketed, she loves school, has awesome friends and, most importantly, is happy.
During Gavi's transition, we felt alone. We felt like we were the only people that were going through this. Our pediatrician connected us with TYES, and it has been an invaluable resource for our family. TYES connected me with people who were going through, or have already been through, all of the different emotions and stages you go through on this journey. This group has personally helped me with navigating:
Please consider joining our family this Valentine's Day by supporting more gender-amazing kids and their families by donating to TYES.
The Cunningham Family
**Visit Jamie's personal blog and hear more about her family's journey at Navigating Nonconforming.**
"TYES...has been an invaluable resource for our family. TYES connected me with people who were going through, or have already been through, all of the different emotions and stages you go through on this journey."