Many parents are uncomfortable with the idea of transgender identity. They may have been taught that being transgender is a sickness, perverted or immoral. Many parents do not yet know anyone who is transgender. They may react to their child’s disclosure with tremendous discomfort.
The first step in addressing your discomfort is learning more about transgender identities in general and your child in particular. Previous blogs in this series provide much of the information you need. My previous blog includes suggestions for learning about your teen’s experiences and feelings.