Panelists Discuss Parenting and Transgender Acceptance at DC Pride Event
June 7, 2012 by Eric Cameron, Digital Media Specialist
It's Capital Pride week here in D.C. and organizations across the city are partnering to celebrate the diversity of our community.
Earlier this week I had the opportunity to attend a screening of Melting Away, an Israeli film depicting a young transgender woman's struggle to rebuild bridges with her family after she learns her father is dying of cancer. It's a moving story that treats the transitions of both parent and child with sensitivity and compassion.
The event was sponsored by the DC JCC's GLBT Outreach and Engagement program (GLOE). A panel discussion followed featuring Sharon Bracket, board chair at Gender Rights Maryland and founder of TransParent Day, and Sarah McBride the American University student government president who publically came out as transgender early last month.
Bracket was quick to point out, "If you've met one transgender person, you've met one transgender person." No two transitions are the same. Yet she praised the film for its human portrayal of reaction, growth and acceptance, even if some transgender youth are not so lucky. McBride agreed and discussed how fortunate she's been in her coming out experience, which she described as "99.9% positive."
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