A single mother has revealed the two inspiring things her daughter's principals said after they learned she was transgender.
Jeanne Talbot has revealed that her daughter Nicole, now 16, has been lucky to be surrounded by accepting educators since she transitioned in the seventh grade.
'Their words were more affirming than anything I anticipated or could have imagined,' Jeanne wrote in a piece for the Huffington Post.
One principal told Nicole she had been their greatest teacher. The other told Jeanne: 'The fact that Nicole is transgender is the most uninteresting thing about her.'
Jeanne Talbot has revealed that her 16-year-old daughter Nicole's principals said two very inspiring things after they learned she was transgender
One principal told Nicole she had been their greatest teacher. The other told Jeanne: 'The fact that Nicole is transgender is the most uninteresting thing about her'
These kind words have soothed worries that Jeanne, who lives in Massachusetts, long held of the hardship that Nicole would face after coming out.
Nicole began to insist from a 'very young' age that she was transgender, Jeanne revealed.
'It took me 12 years to realize what she knew from the start: that she is a girl,' the mother wrote.
'I had to learn that it was not a fad, not a phase, and not something that she was going to outgrow.'
'Though I had come to accept my child as my daughter, I never quite lost my fear of what I believed would be a very difficult road ahead.'
Nicole began to insist from a 'very young' age that she was transgender and decided to come out publicly as a girl in the middle of seventh grade
Nicole decided to come out publicly as a girl in the middle of seventh grade, and Joanne said the school began training to prepare staff and teachers to make the place 'affirming and safe' for her daughter.
Joanne long feared that her daughter would face discrimination and hate from others
But Nicole was tired of pretending to be a boy. So one night Joanne