Straight Expec­ta­tions

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May 16, 2017

Ever since they were young, Peg­gy Cry­den noticed her chil­dren’s gen­der expres­sion did not cor­re­spond with soci­ety’s expec­ta­tions of their bio­log­i­cal gen­der. In this mov­ing and hon­est mem­oir, Peg­gy details the expe­ri­ences and chal­lenges of rais­ing both a gay son and a gay trans­gen­der son, and shares her fam­i­ly’s jour­ney of adver­si­ty and growth, which has helped inform her work as a psy­chother­a­pist. Each chap­ter explores a par­tic­u­lar year in the fam­i­ly’s life fol­low­ing the chil­dren from birth to adult­hood and through their numer­ous expe­ri­ences, includ­ing com­ing out, depres­sion, hate crime, rela­tion­ships, school, and var­i­ous aspects to do with tran­si­tion­ing (legal, phys­i­cal, med­ical, social) as well as their appear­ances in the media as a fam­i­ly. This book is insight­ful charm­ing and thought-pro­vok­ing and through lev­i­ty and humor offers a pos­i­tive approach to par­ent­ing out­side of convention.

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