Transgender Day of Remembrance

Mom’s pitch-perfect Twitter thread teaches how to be a better trans ally

How does one become a stronger ally to trans people? One Australian mother is using Twitter to show the way.

To commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), Leanne Donnelly cobbled together a 15-tweet primer that asks, “What can you do to reduce the violence faced by this community?”

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“I wrote it because I am the proud mom of a 16-year-old trans child,” she tells Gay Star News“and I want the world to be a better place for him.”


She added:

“I read the statistics and we have so much work to do to achieve equality for trans folk…

This recent marriage equality survey targeted trans kids by the No campaigners which was awful and still is.

We need to be a better society for them.

I get scared for my kid after reading statistics. I love him so much and like all mums want my kid to grow up to be a happy adult that contributes positively to society. He can’t do this though if attitudes to trans folk don’t improve somewhat….

I also get so worried for the kids who aren’t supported by their parents. They need to know allies are out there.

And to the unsupportive parents – maybe nobody told them it’s ok to love their kids. This message needs to get out there more.

Love your kids no matter who they are. Without your support as a parent you’ve just unnecessarily made your own child’s life that much harder.

Love is the first and most important step in parenting a trans kid.”