I offer the following as a way to help others who have someone trans in their lives. Will my child be discriminated against? It is natural to think that your child is simply undergoing an experimental phase or that your child is confused. Expressing your love and support can go a long way toward making things easier. It is normal to feel that the child you once knew is no longer a part of your life.
One of the most damaging things you can do is verbally or physically abuse your child. Many have found it helpful to approach the school, program, agency or organization in which their child is involved and simply request that their child be referred to by their preferred name. Make it clear that while you wish to work with the school, you will take whatever steps necessary to keep your child safe. Remind your family and friends that your child is more than just their gender and they should see and relate to your whole child.
Make it clear that while you wish to work with the school, you will take whatever steps necessary to keep your child safe.