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When he shared that he desperately wanted to pee standing up, I thought, “I can make that happen.” I had no idea how, but years of pulling together weird crafts and costumes with a bunch of junk and a hot glue gun had given me the hubris to believe there was nothing I couldn’t construct.
I’d never thought far enough ahead to see that this tween boy of mine was going to need more than emotional and medical support through his transition; it was going to be up to me to help him understand what it means to be a man.
When I was putting him to bed that night, out of nowhere he said, “I’m afraid I’m going to hurt myself.”
In that moment, I learned what people really mean when they say my heart froze.
G. told us that a group of girls had shoved her into a stall in the girls' room and held the door closed. "They yelled, ‘You can’t be in here! You’re a boy!’” She looked at me. "They're right, you know. I am a boy. And I want to use the boys' bathroom."