Recently another parent of a transchild shared a link to a short documentary that was going to be shown an a local film festival. I previewed it first before showing Alex. After doing so, I knew it would resonate with her.
I am always curious to know what she thinks when she sees or hears these types of stories, so I asked.
"I liked it. She's pretty and it looks like she has a nice life."
I could tell by her demeanor that it made her happy to see someone like her living a very normal, happy, and secure life where she is accepted as any other girl. I sensed that it brought her immense hope, that someday she will be a girl like Joppe.
Today, I mentioned the film again, and Alex said, "I've been thinking about that film all day."
"Oh yeah? What'd ya think?"
"That she is lucky. She has a good life. She has friends and is pretty."
For my own part, Joppe has proven with grace, insight, and wisdom that transkids DO have a very important place in society. Her place just happens to be that of hero and role model for my own child.
I can't seem to embed the video but it's here.