+
More

Trans kids need love too! These parents show how it's done.

The second video in The Scene's 'affirmation' series features loving parents of trans kids.

A new video from The Scene highlights one of the purest, most wonderful things in the world: a parent's love for their child.

In late 2016, the site released a heartwarming video of dads and their daughters sharing some affirmations in front of a mirror. They're back again with a new video, this time featuring transgender children and their parents.

What makes the video so powerful, so exceptional, is that for many trans kids, love is a hard thing to come by — even from their own parents. But it's amazing what the power of love can do.

The world can be pretty cruel to trans people, and as a result, they experience negative and often life-altering outcomes — unemployment, homelessness, suicide attempts, poverty, and more — at a disproportionately high rate compared to the rest of the population.


But according to a 2012 study, trans youth with accepting parents are three times less likely to have depression, they reported having high self-esteem at nearly five times the rate of kids who aren't accepted by their families, and they are more than 14 times less likely to attempt suicide.

GIFs from The Scene/YouTube.

Simply put, the best thing you can do as a parent — whether or not your child is trans — is to love them, accept them, and yes, affirm them for who they are.

Because let's be real: Growing up is hard enough as it is. Why make it any harder than it needs to be? Trans rights and acceptance — especially as it concerns trans kids — is in a very murky place right now. They need our help and our love, now more than ever before.

Photos by The Scene/YouTube.

The one thing that parents and allies alike can do to show support for trans kids is to get informed.

A great place to start is PFLAG's "Our Trans Loved Ones: Questions and Answers for Parents, Family, and Friends of People who are Transgender and Gender Expansive" guide, and feel free to check out our list of 15 things you can do right now to help trans kids. But most of all, just show them the same love you'd show any child.

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

Keep ReadingShow less

RumorGuard by The News Literacy Project.

The 2016 election was a watershed moment when misinformation online became a serious problem and had enormous consequences. Even though social media sites have tried to slow the spread of misleading information, it doesn’t show any signs of letting up.

A NewsGuard report from 2020 found that engagement with unreliable sites between 2019 and 2020 doubled over that time period. But we don’t need studies to show that misinformation is a huge problem. The fact that COVID-19 misinformation was such a hindrance to stopping the virus and one-third of American voters believe that the 2020 election was stolen is proof enough.

What’s worse is that according to Pew Research, only 26% of American adults are able to distinguish between fact and opinion.

To help teach Americans how to discern real news from fake news, The News Literacy Project has created a new website called RumorGuard that debunks questionable news stories and teaches people how to become more news literate.

Keep ReadingShow less
Family

A mom describes her tween son's brain. It's a must-read for all parents.

"Sometimes I just feel really angry and I don’t know why."

This story originally appeared on 1.05.19


It started with a simple, sincere question from a mother of an 11-year-old boy.

An anonymous mother posted a question to Quora, a website where people can ask questions and other people can answer them. This mother wrote:

How do I tell my wonderful 11 year old son, (in a way that won't tear him down), that the way he has started talking to me (disrespectfully) makes me not want to be around him (I've already told him the bad attitude is unacceptable)?

It's a familiar scenario for those of us who have raised kids into the teen years. Our sweet, snuggly little kids turn into moody middle schoolers seemingly overnight, and sometimes we're left reeling trying to figure out how to handle their sensitive-yet-insensitive selves.


Keep ReadingShow less