Are you ready for a family talk about gender identity? How to handle a sensitive discussion

Cynthia Sweeney is thankful to a Grade 5 teacher who read a book in class that changed the life of her child.

The book told the story of a transgender child, known to his classmates as George, who wanted to play Charlotte in a school production of Charlotte’s Web as a means of expressing her true gender identity — a girl named Melissa.

Sweeney said the book gave her child the knowledge and the language to share a very personal struggle.

“They said to me at that time, ‘I am something called transgender and I am not a girl and I feel like I’m in the wrong body. Can you please help

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