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Spyke01 posted a topic in Parents of Transgender Children Support ForumMy younger child, now 17 has been transgender (female to male) for 4 years now. He's on "T". Now my older child who is 18 and in college just told me they are transgender as well (male to female). They said he is going to start Estrogen. Since he's 18 he does not need any help from us. He's going to start next weekend. He's only been "out" for a week to us, but says he's been living as a female at college for the past few months. (Trying to say "they", but he's still a he to me.) We support them both and say all the right things, but it's really have to deal with in my head. I don't understand it. Anyone else in this boat?
I’m currently stuck in a tough situation right now. I recently came out as trans to my parents. This was around 2015. I was 16 years old. My mom and dad did not want to accept who I am. They still love me. Nothing has changed. Fast forward to 2017. They still haven’t came around but I’m being patient and understanding. They did not want me to transition and so they kept me from transitioning while I was still a young teen. In a way, I felt like it is abuse because I have severe dysphoria and at first they didn’t believe me but I guess now they do because I have been persistent with my feelings of being the opposite gender. There was occasional questioning on my part because they didn’t make me feel so secure in my skin. I learned that I need to live for myself and not my parents. I have to find another place to stay because my parents are uncomfortable with me being transgender and transitioning. They are Baptist so they’re pretty rigid in their belief system. I don’t have any money. I actually was let go from my job at Kohl’s because I was only seasonal and they didn’t pay me enough for me to support myself. I’m currently unemployed and do not have the financial means to move out. I can’t go to a homeless shelter because technically I’m not homeless but at the same time I don’t have the freedom at home to be myself. My dysphoria is high functioning and it’s the only thing that’s on my mind all the time. Does anyone know of programs specifically for the lgbt population that provides housing? I can take anything at this point. My goal is to move out as soon as possible. It’s the only way I can be truly happy. I’ve been diagnosed with Gender Dysphoria so I know for sure this isn’t schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
I have a few questions to ask. I went to a doctor's appointment today and asked if I can go to therapy. My doctor said she has a therapist she thinks will be good for me. So I'm going to be seeing a therapist soon. I want to tell the therapist about being questioning. How could I bring up the topic of gender in the sessions? What could I say to the therapist? I am extremely anxious and scared. My mom is against LGBT people. I'm afraid of her being angry at me , never speaking to me again , hating me forever or not letting me explore my identity or transition whenever I come out to the therapist. How can I make my mom accepting of LGBT people? So she won't hate me or be angry when I bring it up in therapy? I'm afraid that my mom will just dismiss my feelings and just say I'm confused. Because last year around Christmas time I had mentioned something about questioning my gender and even showed her information about nonbinary genders. She got really angry at me and kept saying that we need to go to church more and she kept calling me a girl and her daughter. I'm so scared and miserable. Please help me.