Participants: Max & Ryan; Advice; Trans; Respect; Language; Love; Family
Ryan: I would … just … uh.. a sense of security, inclusion? I mean I don't really want anything for Samantha. that any other child doesn’t get. I don’t want it to be a unique experience. I want her to be treated like any other student. So I just want, every student to feel like they are being respected and treated like the peer beside them.
Max: I don’t want families to have to go and. divulge this information. I want it to become a non-issue. So that its not a “Hoora!” you know we are that trans family. It’s no, we’re a family. Ideally, I would like to… I don't know in like five years from now, it not be a deal at all. You know, just that we are people, just like, you're people, you’re people. Now, I understand it needs to be discussed. People need terminology, need to understand, people need to expand, their mental capacity and knowledge. But I want it to be just another new normal. Normal doesn't make sense. It’s like the word innovation. Normal and innovation - don’t mean anything anymore. There is no normal, because it’s always against something else right. I just want it to be part of life.
Max: Thats it. So I'm hoping that teachers get to enjoy. This is what I hope. I would love it for the teachers to be able to see the difference that their support makes in that day to day life. Because one of the things that I love seeing is Samantha. coming home and saying “my teacher said that,” you know, “for me” and you know, that was great because otherwise she would have had to defended herself. And you know, she’s got the tools to do that. But knowing that she’s got the support, she feels, she feels great. And that’s one less thing that she has to deal with. So until that doesn’t have to happen, just knowing how important the teachers are - always are, teachers are incredibly undervalued on that. Don’t get me started on that one. But they are raising our children with us. We are a team. We’re in this together. Until we just go “okay now you're off,” right? So, it’s in your best interest to get to know the families, talk to the families. And, you know just see the kids for who they are and who they say they are. And they’ll treat you like gods. “I love my teacher.” Good, so, yeah. Mutual respect.