Thursday, September 01, 2016

The big reveal

So... today was the day we went public. The following has been emailed to friends and family (most of whom already knew), people at church, and has been posted on Facebook.


Dear Family and Friends,
Please excuse this coming in an email/Facebook post, but it seemed the most efficient way to reach everyone; we wanted to share some exciting family news about our child Crispian.
As you may or may not know, Crispian has had some issues with depression over the last year or so, but we have now learned that there is a reason behind it- Cris is transgender: she is a girl.
As you can imagine, when Cris first shared this news with us, it was quite a shock, but after educating ourselves and speaking to therapists, doctors and other professionals, we have become convinced that Cris is indeed a transgender female and that living life as a male has been the source of much of Cris’s depression and distress. We have affirmed Cris’s female identity and are using female pronouns for Cris at home. Since receiving this affirmation Cris’s depression is much improved and she is now a much happier teenager.
Cris started hormone replacement therapy about three months ago and is just beginning her transition to present to the world as her true female identity. You may not notice much change at this stage, but she has asked us to request that everyone use female (she/her) pronouns when referring to her from now on, though she will be sticking with “Cris” as her name.
This has been an emotional, unusual time in our lives, but we are proud of Cris for hanging on during the darkest days of her depression when she felt most out-of-place in her body, and for having the courage to share with us what she has been going through. We are thankful for the support we have already received from family, friends, many professionals, and Cris’s school, and look forward to a future we could never have imagined with nervous excitement.
We know many of you will have questions, and if so, we encourage you to contact us. We expect and hope you will be supportive and kind to Cris (and us) through this transition. And if you cannot be, please respect our wishes and say nothing at all.
Our love and support for Cris is unconditional. We hope yours will be also.

Cris & Jackie Thorne

So far the response has been overwhelming positive :) Fingers crossed it stays that way! 

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