It’s a day late, but that’s okay because National Coming Out Day doesn’t seem to be much of a day in Canada anyway. And it landed on Thanksgiving this year. But this seems as good a time as any to share this story.
In my family there are fourteen cousins. One of the cousins came out as a female-to-male transgendered person years ago. And recently a second cousin revealed that (s)he is also female-to-male transgendered. He changed his name and started treatments to become legally male.
When I heard this news I turned to Mr. Fixit and said, “You know, it’s a good thing we’ve been open with the kids about that other transgendered person in the family. We’ll have to make sure we tell them about the second person, especially the girls, because there must be a pretty strong genetic component to that in my family. Our daughters could have that gene…”
My children will learn tolerance and respect and compassion from me. But they didn’t get any genes from me.