OUR STORY OF PARENTING A TRANSGENDER CHILD WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED
By: Hillary Whittington with Kristine Gasbarre
Hillary and her husband Jeff's first child, daughter Ryland, was about 14 months old before they realized she was profoundly deaf. Soon after, she had surgery to have cochlear implants which gave her the gift of sound. Once she learned to speak she began telling her parents she wanted to wear boy clothes. She had always liked boys toys and her parents had always had to struggle with her to wear dresses or anything feminine. By age 3 she told her parents she was a boy and she wondered why God had made her look like a girl when she knew she was a boy. What would you do? Ryland's parents, especially her father, struggled to figure out what to do. Hillary began researching and began to understand that their daughter was transgender. One thing Hillary discovered through her research is the suicide rate among transgender people is 41%. She and her husband did not want that to happen to Ryland so they made the difficult decision to let their daughter live as her true self which is male. This book is very eye opening if you have questions about transgender people.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library