Where Angels Fear to Tread

Posted on | May 16, 2019 | Comments Off on Where Angels Fear to Tread

Dear Short Answers:
A cousin of mine recently told me that her son (Steve) is transgendering to female (Selene). I am not very close to this particular cousin since I am gay and her religious beliefs do not allow her to accommodate (to put it mildly) gay people. But in this situation, she has asked me to speak with her new daughter and try to figure out what is going on. I am happy to
speak to Selene as a friend since I am sure it is a very tough and unpleasant situation at home. But I am no expert in transgender behavior and have no intention of trying to talk “Steve” out of it (as I am sure that my cousin wants me to do). Should I go ahead and speak with Selene or stay out of this complicated family dynamic?
Selene’s Mother’s Cousin

Dear Cousin:
We think you have the right idea. It is indeed complicated but probably Selene and your cousin could use some family support. Be kind, respect boundaries and perhaps you can be helpful.

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