The next meeting of SOFFA is February 17th, at Leawood Pioneer Library, in Study Room 116, from 6:30pm – 8.00pm.
Meetings are open to all friends, family, significant others and allies of trans people. If you can’t make it to a meeting, email firstname.lastname@example.org or message through facebook via https://www.facebook.com/SOFFA.KC
The Kansas City SOFFA group is having a joint meeting with the UMKC Trans+Allies group. This month, UMKC is having a round-table discussion with parents of trans children and young adults, and SOFFA members are joining them to participate in the discussion. While it is a round-table discussion, no one is obligated to speak. We encourage parents to attend, but you do not need to be a parent, just interested in learning more about this topic.
The meeting is at UMKC Student Union in room 302, 6:00-8:00 pm. There will be free pizza provided. Be careful where you park – make sure you clearly display your UMKC parking tags, if you have them, otherwise, metered parking is available in the parking garage to the north of the Student Union. Some street parking is available by the School of Education at 615 E 52nd Street.
Often times parents take the news that one of their kids is transgender in stride, but they still struggle with how to tell everyone else — or even if they should tell other people.
Jodi Gholson Oliver made a declaration that so many of us (especially with very young kids) would be afraid to do. She didn’t just quietly inform a select few that her son Jes is transgender, she celebrated it with a new birth announcement on Facebook. In a relatively short post, Jodi honored her son, explained the change, and let people know that she would not tolerate negativity or inappropriate questions.
While Jodi didn’t plan for her post to “go viral,” it has and it’s inspiring people across the country to send her family comments full of good wishes. Jes even got in on the act and shared her post on Tumblr where it has received more than 162,000 notes to date. I think I see a pattern of family pride, love and acceptance here.