Reviews for My Daughter He

My Daughter He should be required reading not only for parents and family members of trans children, but for teachers, counselors, and school administrators. Besides being an education, it’s a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I couldn’t put it down.”

—Betty DeGeneres, Ellen’s mother, is a national LGBT rights advocate and the author of Love, Ellen: A Mother/Daughter Journey and Just a Mom

“Candace Waldron has written a book for everyone!  My Daughter He should be required reading not only for parents and family members of trans children, but for teachers, counselors, and school administrators. In fact, all of us will benefit from the information in these pages. Besides being an education, it’s a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I couldn’t put it down. All my love to the brave young man, Kai.”

“This book is a must for anyone who wants support for or insight into the path that must be taken, by parent, child, and everyone around them, if our transgender youth and young adults are going to have the full opportunity to be the wonderful people they are.”

—Diane Ehrensaft, PhD, Director of Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Gender Center, University of California, San Francisco, and author of Gender Born, Gender Made

In My Daughter He, Candace Waldron takes us on a remarkable journey revealing the deepest inner chambers of her own experience as a mother shepherding her daughter, Kendra, from a burgeoning recognition that Kendra was not the gender everyone thought her to be to the blossoming of her young adult transgender son, Kai. With honesty, fortitude, and openness to sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly, she teaches us the simple but so complicated truth about our gender-creative, transgender children: It is not for us to say, but for us to listen to what they are telling us about who they are.  Once we hear what they are saying, we have only one job:  to help them get to be that person. With no sugar-coating, My Daughter He gives us a window into exactly how this can be done.”

“By sharing her own transition journey and that of her trans son, including issues around safety, schools, and mental health, Waldron has created an informative and comforting resource for other families.”

—Rachel Pepper, gender specialist and coauthor of The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals and editor of Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle, and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children

In My Daughter He, Candace Waldron bravely delves into the new frontier of autobiographical writing by parents of transgender children. By sharing her own transition journey and that of her trans son, including issues around safety, schools, and mental health, Waldron has created an informative and comforting resource for other families.”

“A groundbreaking resource for parents and educators that blends the emotional journey of parents with strategies for transitioning and the urgent need for safe schools.”

—Jeff Perrotti, founder and director of Massachusetts’ Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ students and coauthor of When the Drama Club Is Not Enough: Lessons from the Safe Schools Program for Gay and Lesbian Students

“It was fascinating to go along on this journey with Candace and her child. Meeting parents with trans children, either in person or through this book, is life changing and exceedingly helpful for the parents and child. Comprehensive. Authentic. Compelling. A must read for all new parents!”

—Pam Garramone, Executive Program Director, Greater Boston PFLAG

My Daughter He is guaranteed not only to open your mind to aspects of gender you never considered but also to give you an in-depth emotional analysis of what it is to be transgender or the parent of a gender nonconforming child.”

—John Boettjer, Gay Social Network of Southwest Florida newsletter, July 2014

“The author is able to build an intimate narrative that truly involves and moves the reader beyond its format of a personal, step-by-step, self-help guide for the parents of transgender children. You will embrace the rainbow of gender and the beauty of humanity as never before. After all, as Waldron says:  ‘In many ways gender is the last frontier of our human capacity to embrace diversity.’”
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