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Jane Emily

Ultraconservative Texas Christian Mom has Change of Heart
« on: March 27, 2017, 07:44:49 pm »
She was an ultraconservative Texas Christian. Then Kai was born and everything changed.

Fusion/by Kathryn Joyce 03/26/2017

http://fusion.net/story/393673/texas-bathroom-bill-sb6/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=socialshare&utm_content=theme_top_mobile

Long article that starts with a survey of Texas transphobe movement and its national effect.  Then focuses on stories of real transgender Texas families highlighting a mom whose transgender daughter turned her head around.  The article is actually pretty optimistic.




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Re: Ultraconservative Texas Christian Mom has Change of Heart
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2017, 11:08:25 pm »
She was abandoned by most of her family, friends, and Church.  I don't see reason for optimism.  The only lesson is that her particular "group" can only be changed one at a time if one of their own children is trans.  Empathy for anyone else is a foreign concept.


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Re: Ultraconservative Texas Christian Mom has Change of Heart
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2017, 12:09:35 am »
That's true. A similar case is of a Republican US Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, FL,  who had a change of heart because of having a transgender son. It's a start and we need all the allies we can get. She could just have easily gone the route of Leelah's parents.

But the interesting part of the article was the story of Dripping Springs Texas where local cis parents, some of whom has previously expressed anti-trans sentiments, banded together to support a transgender girl in their district in a show of good old "Texas defiance" to meddling outsiders. In this case the statewide anti-trans group, Texas Values.

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Re: Ultraconservative Texas Christian Mom has Change of Heart
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2017, 01:30:32 pm »
It is a good example of how personal experience and love of someone can transcend fear and bigotry. This is a story many gay people have seen occur with their parents.

But yeah i wish it took less than that to help people to be more humane and accepting.

Another side of this story is that with her acceptance came the actions required to provide for her daughters identity needs such as clothing.



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Re: Ultraconservative Texas Christian Mom has Change of Heart
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2017, 04:39:37 am »
these ultra Christian conservatives give me the creeps!

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Re: Ultraconservative Texas Christian Mom has Change of Heart
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2019, 11:57:08 pm »
I am so glad that this mom was able to accept her child for who she really is inside and out!  It says a lot about the mom and how much she loves her child to overcome her formerly held personal beliefs and through love, accept her daughter. 

To me, the important lesson here is that having personal experience with a minority (a transgender child) opened the eyes of someone who had mistaken beliefs about transgender human beings.  The personal experience made a difference, opened the heart and mind of someone and that led to healthy change. 

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Re: Ultraconservative Texas Christian Mom has Change of Heart
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2019, 01:28:49 am »
I saw this little girl on 20/20 and she's amazing!! I'm glad that her mother is finally standing up and doing something that's right for a change. It's sad though that it took having a trans child for her to go from being a bigot to an ally. But hey at least she's on the right course now I guess.
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Re: Ultraconservative Texas Christian Mom has Change of Heart
« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2022, 10:21:44 am »
I Live, (reside) in Texas.  East Texas to be exact.  I have found that in the great state of Texas transgender people have no rights. Here in Texas, The police CAN arrest you for crossdressing IF they want to. I started my transition in November of 2021. I live en femme 24/7 now, and just started HRT in 8/25/22. I have been denied use of the womens restroom, because I still look like a male but, also denied the mens room, because I look to much like a female. East Texas has very few doctors who are trained in transgender care. Most places accept me as a customer, but most don't accept me as female.
Just thought I'd pass this on.
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Re: Ultraconservative Texas Christian Mom has Change of Heart
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2022, 08:17:06 pm »
I Live, (reside) in Texas.  East Texas to be exact.  I have found that in the great state of Texas transgender people have no rights. Here in Texas, The police CAN arrest you for crossdressing IF they want to. I started my transition in November of 2021. I live en femme 24/7 now, and just started HRT in 8/25/22. I have been denied use of the womens restroom, because I still look like a male but, also denied the mens room, because I look to much like a female. East Texas has very few doctors who are trained in transgender care. Most places accept me as a customer, but most don't accept me as female.

I'm sorry to hear that, Michele.  East Texas is a pretty rough place for us.  I'm amazed that you haven't tried to get out of there yet.  In the DFW area, I really don't have much trouble at all.  I'm lucky to live in a pretty accepting neighborhood.

I have a lot of family in the Livingston area, though, and I have (purposely) avoided talking to any of them about my transition yet.  I'm scared to death that none of them will ever want to speak to me again.  It's sad, because these really ARE good people.  I'm not looking forward to losing them.

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Re: Ultraconservative Texas Christian Mom has Change of Heart
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2022, 01:03:59 pm »
Somehow this anti- (FILL In The Blank) use of religion in the name of Christianity is not very Christian like behavior.

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