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Parents place “retraction” to birth announcement to show support for trans son

In a sweet and hilarious show of support for their son’s transition, parents in Queensland, Australia made a correction to the birth announcement they placed in the newspaper 19 years ago. 

Kai’s mom, Yolanda Bogert, explained to The Courier-Mail that placing the ad was a “no-brainer.” When Kai told her that he no longer wanted to live as a girl, she felt she “needed to show my son I support him 100 per cent and wanted to let the world know that.” Kai says, “I am so happy with what she has done. This last week has changed everything for me. I am still me but I am more me than I was a few days ago and feel free.”

Header image credit: Marc Robertson/The Courier-Mail

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Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like,, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

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