WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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love family they needed to figure out the best way to ap- proach his social transition. On the last day of third grade, they sent out a letter to the school community explaining Alex's transi- tion. It started a dialogue, and marked the beginning of Alex officially living in the gen- der with which he'd always deeply identified. b r i g h t f ut u re While John's and Alex's stories have many similarities, they also have notable differences. John adjusted almost seamlessly when he transitioned in first grade. Self-assured, gre- garious, and athletic, his transition has been overwhelmingly positive, with few hiccups along the way. Exceptionally bright and somewhat reserved, Alex has struggled with some anxiety sur- rounding his transition, but he is much happier now, living as the boy he always was. Both boys have one important common thread, however: families who surround them with love, and who have unconditionally embraced their sons' true selves. And that can make all the difference. children. He is an internationally known special- ist in the treatment of transgender youth. https://www.ted.com/talks/norman_spack_ how_i_help_transgender_teens_ become_who_they_want_to_be?language=en n CAMP ARANU'TIQ Aranu'tiq was founded in 2009 by Nick Teich, who dreamed of a safe and fun place for youth who felt like they might not fit in at other camps because of their gender and/or who wanted to be with others like them. Camp Aranu'tiq has grown rapidly since opening and with locations in New Hampshire and California, now serves 500 campers over the course of one year. www.camparanutiq.org Blogs / Websites / Additional Resources: n transparenthood.net/ n www.transkidspurplerainbow.org/ featured/i-am-jazz-a-family-in-transition/ n www.imatyfa.org/ n www.genderspectrum.org/ n National Geographic: Gender Revolution: 2017 Special Edition: www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/ 2017/01/how-science-helps-us-understand- gender-identity/ 101 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 7

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