When our child came out as transgender in August 2017, it was unexpected. We were very supportive, but did not know what to do next. However, I was in the very fortunate position of having a friend who had been involved in the trans community for about five years at the time, advocating and supporting her trans daughter from the age of 12. She was a wealth of knowledge.
As a frequent attendee of the Pflag Edmonton Chapter support meetings, I learned many parents initially did not know where to turn. For me, each and every meeting was and continues to be a tremendous learning experience. I have met many courageous individuals there who have shared their stories and imparted valuable insight and knowledge. I have learned so much and continue to do so.
Searching the internet was often confusing. What was applicable? What do I do first? What supports are local or Canadian? When is a US or other international resource useful? Those were some of the questions I had when researching.
My background as a Library Technician compelled me to collect helpful resources. I was reading articles and blogs, watching videos and Ted Talks, listening to podcasts, reading books and finding many more resources that further informed and challenged me. I joined some private online parent support groups for those parenting LGBTQ2S+, non-binary and/or transgender children. I have checked out some blogs by parents of trans children as well as transgender people. I have learned a lot and wanted to share many of the resources.
Supporting the unique journey of a transgender loved one is quite an experience with many ups and downs, mentally and emotionally, for parents. It is life changing for all.
No journey is the same. I hope this site will give you options for resources and supports that will help you and your loved one.
I wish you well on this life-changing journey.