Letter: Transgender story kindles compassion

Re: ‘I’m proud of who I am’ (Metro, June 10)

Wow, how awesome it is to be able to read this and have compassion toward her and the torture she has been going through her entire life. Your piece allowed me to see Jen and her life without ever meeting her. Jen’s story allowed me to see her and her mother in that moment when Jen said, “I am a transgender Mom, I’ve been my whole entire life” and her mom said, “I am so sorry you had to go through this.” The compassion that a mother feels for her child is priceless. It allowed me to see my daughter’s relationship with me, and it isn’t good, especially now realizing how badly I behaved when I found out my daughter, Melody, was gay at 15. I wasn’t compassionate toward her. I grieved over the loss of my daughter, she was dead to me because she was no longer my daughter or the ideal of a daughter. I never considered how she must have felt, living a lie of being gay until she came out 12 years ago.

Erica Tunnell, via email

Your article on Jennifer Lydon was one of the best pieces of journalism I have ever seen. Good work.

Cris Crawford, via email



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