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I went out for a beer with an old friend I hadn’t seen since high school, which was a while ago.  In the course of things we got to talking about his family. We’d been neighbors and I’d gotten to know his whole family.

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He was the child of immigrants from Greece. His family was very conservative and traditional. There were three sons in the family. The first son was my friend, who was following his father in the contracting business. The second son was a bit more of a disappointment to his dad. The son wanted to skateboard, grow his hair out, and wear an earring. The father told him that guys who wore earrings were “little faggots” who never succeeded in life.

The third son, who was six years old at the time, was the one I worried about most. His family had tried to enrol him in karate. On the way to the karate class, though, they had walked by a pottery class. The little boy saw pottery and wanted it way more than karate.

Not only this, but the kid only wanted to play with dolls and teddy bears. His father tried to buy him cars and war toys, but the kid would have none of it. He only wanted to dance and play with dolls. He got caught a few times putting on his mother’s makeup.

Ultimately, I found out, that the father had thrown both his older sons out of the house. He considered them both bums. I always wondered what happened to that little boy. I assumed his life would be a living hell.

Turns out, though, that he came out as trans to his parents when he was seventeen. His dad, had a giant change of heart and instead of throwing the kid out like he did with his other sons, embraced the child as a new daughter and began defending her against anyone who said otherwise.

Eventually the new daughter started dating, bring boys home, and everything was calm and copacetic. It goes to show that you can never tell about people. I was sure that little kid would have a terrible life, but even conservative people sometimes can change in their hearts.  

I suppose that father was confronted with a truth so undeniable that he had no way to deny it. He had a daughter in a boy’s body. For all I know the other two may well have deserved to be kicked out. I don’t think the middle boy deserved to be called a faggot, by any means, but I also think it’s good when people, grow and try to make themselves better.

It’s not how bad we were before. It’s how good we’re trying to be now.

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