One morning this past spring, I found myself somewhere I honestly never could have imagined I would be: sitting in a dreary courtroom in Washington DC with my firstborn. We were patiently awaiting her turn before a judge.
It was a long way from the familiar, comfortable surroundings of my home and my Catholic parish in sunny Tampa Florida. And it was an even longer way from a place I was almost ten years ago, a place of almost total ignorance of LGBTQ issues. The issue that morning was a legal name change for my 23-year old transgender daughter, a recent graduate of Georgetown University. The name change was another milestone in her challenging journey towards living as her authentic self. While this milestone was certainly positive for my daughter, it forced me to reflect once again on the enormous and painful disconnect between the reality of the lives of transgender individuals and the rampant misinformation that often dominates discourse about transgender issues in both the Church and the public square.
Source: Deacon Ray Dever, at Bondings 2.0