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The mom of one transgender teen offers some points to consider…

Her son plays the lead in the world premiere production of DCT’s ANDI BOI

Mom Wendy with son Zander

“When I was asked to write this, I solicited advice from my husband and friends who also have transgender kids. My husband said that these days, Zander’s gender is the least interesting thing about him. He always says that; and it’s true.

Friends pointed out that the only thing “special” about being a trans parent is the fact that sometimes strangers feel entitled to judge your parenting and your kid’s emotional stability. Otherwise, it’s just loving them and trying to meet their needs. You know. Parenting. Unfortunately, being a trans person is exponentially more difficult than parenting one. So there are days we parents do a bit of educating or cutting ties when education doesn’t work.

I’m just thankful for the grace in it all. Grace shown by old friends who immediately supported our transition — from providing an empathetic, nonjudgmental ear to shopping with a “new” guy figuring out his style. Grace demonstrated in a patient gender therapist. Grace given by trans elders enthusiastically embracing this young one. I could write a book about how the grace of the DFW theater community — here at DCT, at theaters where Zander has performed, and at his extraordinary school — saved my son’s life.

Mostly, I’m in awe of Zander’s ability to view himself with utter honesty and live authentically each day. I’m grateful for the grace he showed as we struggled to comprehend his journey. I worry for him. I hope for him. And, without a doubt, I know he will somehow change the world.”

If you have questions, want to learn more or just want to be an ally, come see ANDI BOI at Dallas Children’s Theater.



Written and Directed by Bruce R. Coleman
Co-produced with Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in partnership with First Unitarian Church of Dallas
February 7 – 16, 2020
Created especially for ages 13 and up and those who love them…

(Contains adult language)

Performance Dates and Times:

Friday, February 7, 7:30 PM
Saturday, February 8, 1:30 PM
Sunday, February 9, 1:30 PM
Sunday, February 9, 4:30 PM
Saturday, February 15, 1:30 PM
Sunday, February 16, 1:30 PM (ASL)

Ticket Prices: $16 for single tickets. Prices subject to change. Call the Box Office for details, 214-740-0051.

General tickets are available online at dct.org

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Collaborating Partners:

Dallas Children’s Theater is a participant in the Audience (R)Evolution: Cohort Grants program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the professional not-for-profit American theater.

Photo by: Courtney Roberts

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