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Alex spent his third grade year as "very gender neutral." He asked his teacher and classmates to call him "Al," but still used female pronouns. Lauren and Steve spent that year enveloping themselves in research and going to parent groups. While they now knew Alex was transgender, Local Resources n OUT METROWEST OUT MetroWest enriches the LGBTQ community in MetroWest Boston and the larger world through programming, education, and advocacy. www.outmetrowest.org n PFLAG Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation's largest family and ally organization. Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy. PFLAG has chapters in Boston/Greater Boston (located in Waltham), as well as Worcester and Attleboro. www.pflag.org n JEFF PERROTTI Jeff Perrotti is the founding director of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Safe Schools Program for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning Students. Jeff has conducted numerous workshops on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression for school administrators, teachers, parents, and students and has assisted many schools and families in orchestrating a thoughtful, comprehensive, and successful process where transgender students have transitioned their gender. www.jeffperrotti.com n DR. SPACK/TED TALK Dr. Norman Spack is a pediatric endocrinologist at Boston Children's Hospital, where he co-founded the hospital's Gender Management Service (GeMS) clinic in February 2007; it is America's first clinic to treat transgender Resources The Leahy family. Alex's mother, Lauren, notes: "I have to own my story. That will shape how other people respond to it. I'd like to keep it private because it's that raw and deep — but it's not private. It's a public matter." 100 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 Transitions

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