Your child may have just told you that they are transgender. You might have been wondering if something has been worrying them for a while, or the announcement might have come as a bolt out of the blue. Perhaps they have yet to ‘come out’ but somehow you know that they are trans and want to offer your support.
Whatever the reasons are that have bought you to this page, you are probably looking for information, support or understanding – and possibly all three.
Most parents/carers assume that their children will grow up in the gender identity that matches the sex they were assigned at birth and won’t have been expecting to hear this news from their child. Even if you are absolutely fine with your child being transgender, you probably have questions and perhaps concerns. Do look through FFLAG’s booklet (see below) ‘A Guide for Family and Friends: information for families and friends with a transgender member’. If you are finding it difficult to adjust to the idea that your child is transgender, FFLAG is here to support you.
Again you will find ‘A Guide for Family and Friends’ helpful – particularly realising that some of your feelings and reactions are similar to those of other parents.
However, we know that each family situation is different so please get in touch with us if you want to talk through what is going on for you. Call us or email us. We can put you in touch with a parent volunteer who has a transgender child themselves.
FFLAG’s booklet ‘A Guide for Family and Friends’ can be downloaded by clicking on this link or on the picture. Alternatively, we will be happy to send you a hard copy if you contact us.
We are also working with trans young people to produce the companion booklet “How do I tell my parents?’’