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Award-winning advocate, bestselling author, speaker, trauma survivor, pretend fancy person, parent to 4. Trans guy. New memoir Sept 12. he/him
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Sep 20, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
Since maybe 5 of you have seen my house, this seems like a great place to ask for decor advice! We're buying a sectional for the basement: den with low ceilings, fireplace, hardwood floors. Do we buy the grey or red one? And what's our new paint colour?… I figure if I can't poll the internet about new furniture, what is even the point of being on twitter?
Sep 17, 2018 19 tweets 4 min read
Big news! The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a policy statement in support of trans kids today and it is TRULY supportive! I was able to read it a few days ago & have been dying to talk about it because it’s THAT good. Here’s a thread with some of the best stuff: First, a reminder of who we're talking about: the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is a body of roughly 67,000 physicians who work with children. It's a longstanding and credible body, using fact-based findings to shape its policies.
Aug 30, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
Just two lesbians at a county fair tractor pull. As you were. #shawvillefair There’s literally a guy in a farmer’s hat next to us and all he’s saying is “ah-yup!” in the conversation he’s having and I CANNOT HANDLE IT. I adore him.
Aug 29, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
Hi! I couldn’t be here all day because my best friend on the planet took me to a spa in the hills and I got a massage in a cedar hut and a facial and fancy lunch where they place very few blueberries on your plate but they somehow taste more delicious than other blueberries. I told her I was going to tell people she paid someone to touch me in a cabin for my birthday, and she thought I was joking, but here we are.
Aug 26, 2018 4 tweets 3 min read
I love, love, LOVE the amount of seemingly cis/het couples with their kids at #OttawaPride. Thank you for showing your children inclusion, acceptance and love for everyone. My little queer heart is melting.
❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 Wearing my fave shirt to #ottawapride today. If you need an accepting mom hug today, come find me. I’ll be with my lovely wife and our girls.🌈❤️
Aug 16, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
Happy 21st wedding anniversary to this babe!

Last year we renewed our vows and took a family honeymoon. This year we’ll probably just have wine on the back deck like boring old lesbians.

But OMG, do I ever love you, Zoë. All day, every day.
❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 I’m buying this cheap summery peach wine we like and dinner fixings. She’s making my fave meal: peanut satay stir fry (her own recipe; it’s to die for!) and we’re sending the kids downstairs to watch a movie while we have a fancy home date.
Aug 8, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
Dear Twitter,

Our local shelter is having a cat crisis and is practically paying people to adopt them. Please convince me I don’t need a kitten.

Amanda’s screaming maternal side YOU ARE NOT HELPING.

We are going to the shelter shortly.😐
Aug 7, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
“You only tweet about your relationship to a trans woman because you want validation!”

Or, I don’t know, maybe because trans people deal with a shitload of misrepresentation, misconceptions and abuse so I figure sharing something good could help?

Or sure, validation.¯\_(ツ)_/¯ This is from an email I received which also said folks who talk about their relationships online are the most unhappy in them.

Or maaaayyyybe we’re truly happy & think it’s important to let society know that some relationships can thrive in transition.

Advocacy. Whoa, dude.
Jul 25, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
I was going to take it easy at the gym this a.m., but I was the biggest person in my strength training class (again) & a couple of new women were giving me obviously dirty looks.

So NATURALLY I had to set up in front of them & out-lift them by a mile.

Big girls Represent.💪 I don’t care what your body type is and you shouldn’t care about anyone else’s. You never know someone’s story. I have a bad knee, bad shoulder, have had 3 major abdominal surgeries, and am still the most consistent exerciser I know. I also happen to be plus size.
Jul 23, 2018 8 tweets 3 min read
Thanks for asking! As the spouse of a trans person who came out 22 years & 3 kids into the relationship, I am well-equipped to answer this. Allow me to demonstrate the repercussions in this thread - with photos! So my spouse came out as trans. Initially, it was a big shock and there were tears and a lot of conversations.

Not all relationships survive transition, so we worked hard - for us and our kids - to stay afloat. She left room for my feelings and I left room for hers.
Jul 22, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
Not long ago (& sometimes still), it was common to put gay kids in conversion therapy to try & make them accept who society expected them to be.

Today, some folks want the same to be done to trans kids. “Just teach them to be comfortable as a boy/girl.”

We should know better. What’s even more frightening is some of the loudest voices for this kind of treatment are gay themselves. A subset of lesbians is convinced being trans is confusion, and if we affirm, we condemn kids to a life we could save them from?

Sound familiar? Conversion therapy, 1965.
Jul 18, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
When my daughter came out as trans, her 2 brothers - 7 & 16 - handled it beautifully. When my wife transitioned the following year, they once again embraced it.

4 years later, they're still cisgender guys who aren't at all confused about who they are. The kids are alright. When young kids learn about trans people in school, 1 of 2 things happens:

1. If they’re trans, they find language to describe themselves & see their reality normalized.

2. If they’re not trans, they learn how to support those who are.

No confusion, just inclusion.
Jul 13, 2018 22 tweets 4 min read
THREAD: Because there are so many genuinely concerned people (and not just trolls) who worry about medically affirming trans kids, here’s a thread explaining some of the reasons why this kind support is sometimes necessary. And why it’s not as scary as some lead you to believe. First, if a child feels safe enough to tell you they’re trans or think they might be, that’s a big deal. We, as parents, need to take that role & responsibility seriously. Your child just revealed something that likely took a LOT to say and are putting their trust in you to help.