He's Always Been My Son: A Mother's Story About Raising Her Transgender Son

He's Always Been My Son: A Mother's Story About Raising Her Transgender Son

By: Janna Barkin (author)Paperback

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This inspiring and moving story, told from the heart of an extraordinary family, recounts the emotional and uplifting journey of raising a transgender son. Janna Barkin's family has come a long way since their child, Amaya, first told them he was a boy and not a girl and this captivating memoir charts the family's experiences of raising Amaya, from birth through to adulthood. With powerful chapters written by Amaya's family and friends, Janna shares personal stories of the support and discoveries her family has encountered and provides a 'care package' of advice for families facing similar issues, including a glossary of terms and a list of hand-picked support sources. Written with warmth and humor, He's Always Been My Son reminds us to accept others for who they are and will support, educate and inspire anyone who reads it.

About Author

Janna Barkin is the proud mother of a transgender son, and a passionate transgender youth rights advocate. She writes regularly for the Huffington Post and on her personal blog, He's Always Been My Son.


Amaya's Blessing. Introduction. What Does That Mean? A Glossary for This Book. Navigation Guide. Section One: The Before Years. 1. Dream Baby. 2. She Had One Job. 3. Amaya's Name. 4. To Snip or Not to Snip? (By Gabriel Barkin, Amaya's Father). 5. Notes from a Naming Ceremony. 6. The Power of Three. Section Two: The Early Years. 7. Amazing (by Gabriel Barkin, Amaya's Father). 8. Girls Wear Pink, Boys Wear Blue (Or Not). 9. One of the Boys (by Tracey Klapow, a very dear friend, and "Aunt Tracey" to our children). 10. When is a Hat Not Just a Hat? 11. Best Practices Evolve (by Lisa Treadway, a very dear friend, and "Aunt Lisa" to our children). 12. Walking Through Cement (by Shawn Masia, Amaya's Uncle). 13. I Wish to Be a Grampa. 14. Spike! 15. One in 200. 16. I Found a Friend in You. 17. Tom Boy. Section Three: The Tween Years. 18. Chick Dude. 19. "Faggots" and "Trannies" (by Gabriel Barkin, Amaya's Father). 20. Two Moms. 21. "I am Unique Because..." (written by Amaya when he was ten). 22. Heroes (by Gabriel Barkin, Amaya's Father). 23. Period Stop. 24. Holding Together While Falling Apart. 25. Halloween Scream. 26. Watching and Waiting. 27. Why Can't My Child Just Make Up Their Mind? Section Four: Transition Years. 28. Facebook Told Me My Daughter Was My Son. 29. Bound in So Many Ways. 30. The Doctor Dilemma. 31. Finding Cristin. 32. I'll Go With You. 33. High Hopes for High School. 34. Texas. 35. Coming Out is a Process. 36. A Letter to Our Family. 37. The Girls (by Gabriel Barkin, Amaya's Father). 38. "Is He Changing His Name?" 39. Top Surgery. 40. Witness (by Michael Krashes, A dear family friend). 41. Looking for Reflections. 42. Puberty, Again?! 43. Your Papers, Please! 44. The Lay of the Land: Current Medical Practices for Transgender Youth. 45. Big Sister, Little Brother (by Emily Barkin, Amaya's sister) . Section Five: Complete. 46. The Talk (by Gabriel Barkin, Amaya's Father). 47. Complete, For Now: An Interview with the BBC. 48. Rock On! (by Weston Walls, a very dear family friend). 49. There He Goes! 50. Who's "She"?! 51. College Unbound. 52. Reflections: A Letter to My Beloved (by Linda Masia, Amaya's Maternal Grandmother). 53. My Amaya (by Elaine Barkin, Amaya's Paternal Grandmother). Section Six: Now (and Beyond). 54. From Ally to Activist. 55. A Blog Was Born. 56. He's So Lucky. 57. Who's the Lucky One? (by Gabriel Barkin, Amaya's Father). 58. Without Understanding (by Travis Owen, Amaya's Brother, 11 years older). 59. He's Always Been a Teacher. 60. Mistakes, I've Made a Few. 61. Shifted (by KB, a very dear friend, and "Aunt KB" to our children). 62. There He Goes, For Real! Postscript: I Am Worried, I am Hopeful. Resources for Transgender People and their Families. Endnotes.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781785927478
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9781785927478
  • weight: 310
  • ISBN10: 1785927477

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