I don’t have the words to express how awesome all of the messages of love and support for Kai and our family have been. People are pretty brill when given the opportunity.
(There have been a few gooberheads, but they don’t matter.)
After Kai announced his transition to everybody on facebook, I thought a cutsie celebration notice would be something sweet that he could clip out and keep so that he had something tangible to mark the occasion. It felt like something we should mark, after all. We never in a million years thought it would be interesting to anybody else outside our circle of friends and family. Seriously, who reads the birth notices?
Someone shared it and it just snowballed like… I don’t know.. Like a big snowbally thing. We were pretty worried at first, but the response has been so overwhelmingly positive and Kai has had some seriously cool messages from people – like the woman who messaged to say that she was going to call and ask her estranged trans daughter to come home because she regretted her reaction (I really hope you did this, lady.. You hug that sprog SO tight and never let her go again.) – that we’ll just cross whatever bridges we must when we get to them.
That said, a subject close to Kai’s heart is the lack of support and acceptance for GLBTQIA students at many schools, so we have set up http://www.sproggets.com – an email campaign to ask schools to improve their current inclusion policies. For many students facing gender and sexuality issues, the world is not a safe and happy place. We need to fix that. Kai and I would love your help.
If you’d like to help, we ask that you send our template email to schools in your local area. .. That’s it. We just want to get principals thinking and give them ideas and maybe make things a little happier for the students under their care.