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Parents, upon finding that their child is transgender, often are at a loss about what to do to help their child be happy.  What they want, more than anything else, is to speak with other parents who have gone through the same experience.  TYFA does have exactly that facility in the TYFA Talk discussion group, but here are some videos, prepared by TYFA families, that will serve to introduce you to them and their children.

TYFA empowers children and families

by partnering with educators, service providers and communities to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected.
We envision a society free of suicide and violence in which ALL children are respected and celebrated. 
(added Nov. 2011)

Eli and parents: Dad, mom (Carla) and Eli talk about Eli’s journey toward happiness as the person she was born to be, and their journey toward acceptance and support.  (added Dec. 2011

My first reaction when my daughter told me that she was a girl was complete shock and disbelief, and after that initial shock it was more of a devastation, because I did not know what it meant. I did not know how to help her, I did not know what her future was going to be like, I knew very few transgender people, and so had no experience to… to judge, you know, is my kid gonna be successful… happy… able to maintain relationships… these were all the questions that I had for… and about my daughter. I had no one to turn to.

Carla, mother of Eli (above), found help on the TYFA website and on TYFA Talk, the TYFA discussion group, where she was able to compare notes and get help and advice from other parents who had “been there.”  (added Dec. 2011)

Hi, my name is Angel, I’m 9 years old, I was born a boy but I live like a girl, and… this is who I am!

With that introduction, Angel takes you on a tour of her happy world, describing along the way what TYFA has done to help both her and her family.

(added Nov. 2011)

Meet Heidi and Ron, the parents of Jordan.  Jordan transitioned about a year ago (2010).  Heidi and Ron tell about the frustrations they encountered in the initial effort toward helping their son and how quickly things changed for the better when they discovered the TYFA Website.

Sharing in the telling of Jordan’s story are his big sister, Brittany, and his big brother, Hunter.  (added Nov. 2011)

TYFA Executive Director Kim Pearson introduces herself with the story of her adventure on behalf of her trans-son. She tells of the founding of TransYouth Family Allies: how it began; what it’s about; what it has accomplished; and her vision for the future.  (added Nov. 2011)

Shannon Garcia, the mother of 6 children, is one of TYFA‘s founding moms.  She tells the story of her youngest, and her and her family’s frustrating attempts to find out what was happening to this child.  (added Nov. 2011)