PARENTS AND KIDS SPARK A ‘GENDER REVOLUTION’
New research shows moms are a powerful part of the trans rights movement
VANCOUVER—WHEN 15-yearold Tru Wilson was a young kid, she was a feminine boy named “Tray.”
“My parents accepted me and thought ‘Oh that’s just Tray, he’s a very feminine boy and figuring himself out,’ ” she told Starmetro.
But as Wilson got older, her femininity got stronger. Her dad was worried she’d be bullied, so when Tray was eight, her mom did some research and found a documentary on trans kids.
“She showed it to me and was like ‘this is a thing, are you this thing?’ ” Wilson recalled. “Once the documentary ended, I broke down crying, and was like ‘This is me, do you still love me?’ ”
Her mom told her, “‘Yes, of course we still love you.’” She then took Wilson shopping for feminine clothing.
New research out of Simon Fraser University shows parents and kids like the Wilsons are today injecting power into the trans-rights movement.
Despite the support in some families, many trans kids are still ‘invisible’ because they don’t live in communities or families where it’s safe to be out, according to author Ann Travers.
The Wilson family, Michelle and Garfield, with kids Jaslyn, 10, Tru, 15, and Jude, 13. Tru is transgender. She and her mom speak publicly about their experiences in hopes of helping other families and trans people.