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Calvin has always been a boy, even if the world sees him as a girl. He knows who he is in his heart and in his mind but he hasn’t yet told his family. Finally, he can wait no longer: “I’m not a girl,” he tells his family. “I’m a boy–a boy in my heart and in my brain.” Quick to support him, his loving family takes Calvin shopping for the swim trunks he’s always wanted and back-to-school clothes and a new haircut that helps him look and feel like the boy he’s always known himself to be. As the first day of school approaches, he’s nervous and the “what-ifs” gather up inside him. But as his friends and teachers rally around him and he tells them his name, all his “what-ifs” begin to melt away. Calvin includes resources for parents of transgender children.
JR and Vanessa Ford are nationally-known advocates for LGBTQIA+ rights, specifically rights for transgender youth. Their advocacy and work has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and in “Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric.” They were both founding members of the Human Rights Campaign’s Parents for Transgender Equality. They live with their two children, one of whom is trans, in the Boston, MA area.
David J. Johns is the Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC). Prior to joining NBJC, Johns was the first Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans Initiative. Johns also served as Senior Education Policy Advisor to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and was a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Fellow.