When I go home to Ohio for the holidays, I spend my time as many 20-somethings do: I sleep like a teenager, wander around my bedroom in my prom dress slightly tipsy, thumb through old yearbooks, and laugh, eat and occasionally bicker with my parents. The only not-typical aspect of my visit is that my parents are two women who are no longer together, one of whom used to be a man.
When I was 4, my father decided he wanted to become a woman. Decades earlier he realized he wanted to be a woman, but now he actually made the decision to become one, to the great shock of my mother and to the utter bewilderment of my Appalachian farming grandparents.
Chagnot, Annie, “From Humiliation to Appreciation.” Weblog entry. The New York Times. April 18, 2013. Accessed April 22, 2013, from http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/21/fashion/from-humiliation-to-appreciation-modern-love.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0.