“I said to my mom, ‘When I wear girl-like clothes, can you call me Stella? “She said, ‘OK, but it’s going to take some getting used to.’” Lisa said she let Stella lead the way — advice she got from medical and educational experts who work with transgender kids. It doesn’t change who she is as a human being.” His biggest concern was ensuring Stella would be safe in her new role, he said.
“We wanted her to take ownership of her own identity,” Lisa said. “That was probably the biggest mental math for me,” Dmitri said.
Sadly, the dispute went beyond words with Le Blond shooting Ziona multiple times in the head and groin. Sade Thomas, Ziona’s cousin said, “I just want to know why.
Police are now considering hate crime charges in her death in addition to the first degree murder charge Le Blond is facing. Why did you take such beautiful, amazing soul like that and he was never the type of person to hate you or do anything to you?
Which is what I do a lot.” Two years ago, with the support of her family and pediatrician, Stella made a profound choice.
She transitioned from the male gender assigned to her at birth, and now lives her life as the girl she’s always known herself to be.
It's not enough, but considering only 49 corporations delivered these services in 2009, it's a step in the right direction.
Disheartening research from the 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey reveals that 41% of transgender participants (2,644 out of 6,450) had attempted, at some point, to take their own lives.
In 2012, the Human Rights Campaign found that out of 636 companies analyzed, 207 provided healthcare coverage to transgender employees.
Thanks to the likes of Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox, the numbers of Americans who fall into that last camp are growing.
But we still have a long way to go on the awareness front.
Steve Charing OUTspoken: Commentary on a variety of issues focusing on the struggle for LGBT equality by Senior Political Analyst for Baltimore OUTloud Newspaper by New Ways Ministries – a Catholic LGBT Support and Advocacy Organization. There is interesting material and ideas for people of all faiths. By a local therapist, who is herself a Straight Spouse.
Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in raising a fabulously gender creative son!