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By Shade Ardent.
Trans. Non-Binary. Gender Non-Conforming.
Until recently we have existed on the edges of society. Often estranged from family and community, or living a hidden life for our own safety. We walk the paths hidden from society too often. When we come out, we are frequently met with derision and physical danger. With the recent legislation and now the current National Geographic issue discussing trans issues, our existence and challenges have come to the forefront of society’s dialogue. This awareness has brought new acceptance but also new challenges for our community.
Homeschooling can bring particular challenges with being trans, non-binary, or gender-nonconforming. The closed-off lifestyle filled with strict gender roles and fundamentalist teachings is largely unsafe for us. When there is no way out, what do we do? How do we survive?
Are you a trans, non-binary, or gender non-conforming homeschooler or homeschool alum?
Homeschoolers Anonymous would love to hear your story.
Here are some story prompts:
Did you know you were trans/non-binary while being homeschooled?
How did you find out?
If you came out, how was it received?
Did you find support in your community?
Did you find out after you were homeschooled?
How did this affect your self-image?
What has been the hardest or easiest thing about self-discovery?
How did this impact your faith, or lack of it? Did you have to hide yourself for safety, and if so, what means did you use to hide? How did that affect you emotionally?
We are going to begin posting stories on January 16th, and continue throughout the month.
If you are interested in participating in this series, please email us at HA.EdTeam@gmail.com.
We take privacy seriously and will happily make your submission anonymous at your request.
Policy: We accept autobiographical stories with a minimum age of 13. Stories belong to the people they happened to.