Best Birth Announcement ever. Today’s CM. What a wonderful family. pic.twitter.com/Zz4NkssKHD
— Lisa Dart (@frostyagnes) December 2, 2014
Parents have special ways of announcing special events. This time, it included a long overdue correction.
This tweet should soon be making its way around the internet. It’s a great example of trans-parenting done well.
Let’s take a look at some reasons why.
1. The family has embraced their son. The child formerly known as Elizabeth made his truth known and the family respected it.
2. They are treating this as the milestone it is and giving it the significance that’s important to Kai. Not all trans*people want this. Some want their life and transition to be low-key or stealth, with as little mention as possible of their former identity, and have trouble having this respected. Others want to be acknowledged, but people are afraid to offend by doing so. This announcement was obviously done with Kai’s input, signalling a desire to follow his lead.
3. They are treating this as though it’s not a big deal. There’s more in Kai’s life than being a trans*guy, and they get to the heart of this. Mistake acknowledged. Corrected. We love you. Now clean your room. Parents who are paying attention to their child’s needs.
4. In contrast to what some parents do, trying to hold on to the past, or at least downplay reality, this family has posted a picture of their son in a tux, a very classically male outfit. No hiding there.
5. There is no question that they love Kai. There is no expression of “We love you anyway.” or “We still love you.” or any other language that might cause anyone to question if their love was in question. And unconditional love is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give a trans*child.
Let’s hope that as more young people feel that they can be open about their gender identity and expression, they find the kind of support and acceptance that Kai Boggert has.