Title

Parenting Transgender Children in PFLAG

Abstract

Parents of transgender children (N = 14) recounted four ways in which their parenting experiences were more difficult and isolating than those of other parents of a national GLBT support organization: the physical changes their children undergo, the lack of media representations of transgender lives, the effect of their child's gender transition on their identity as a parent, and the tensions involved in their child's successful transition in public settings. Parental isolation may be alleviated, however, by recognizing four unrecognized similarities shared among parents of GLBT children: adjusting to changes in their child's appearance, the process of grief and mourning, the tendency to hierarchically rank parental difficulties, and fears of being a bad parent. The isolation faced by parents of transgender children is imposed not only by antitrans prejudice and lack of information, but also by the unacknowledged and undiscussed ways in which a child's gender transition affects parental gender identities.

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Publication Date

4-4-2016

Publication Title

Journal of GLBT Family Studies

Department

Sociology

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1080/1550428X.2015.1099492

Keywords

Transgender, Gender identity, Familial relationships, Parenting, Qualitative research

Language

English

Format

text

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