Safe, inclusive environments for gender diverse youth and their families.
My Purple Umbrella Blog
Our blog is used for storytelling, current events and education about raising transgender and gender diverse youth. Through storytelling human connections are sparked. The hope is that you leave with a sense of connection, community, and empathy.
The winter session of Allies In Action is centered on impact and contribution. We have had group discussions about what they mean and shared personal examples. In the beginning of our conversations, students shared monetary contributions they have made to...read more
Dear Finn, You were not my child, and yet you are my child. News of your death pierces the soul of every loving, affirming parent of a trans child. Our families share the experience of what it means to be family. Parents like myself and yours are fighting...read more
Adults are horrible at discussing and processing death. We don’t know how to talk about it or grant others the ability to talk about it. Mostly to avoid our own discomfort. The message is that grieving is something to do privately. Preferably in a brief...read more
The vision of My Purple Umbrella is safe, inclusive environments for gender diverse youth and their families. As a Tacoma Public Schools community partner, we are reaching out to you to help us support students in need. Many of the families we support rely...read more
Elementary Students Answer: How Do You Handle Stress?read more
How can I put this politely? I do not want to go to your gender reveal party. Nor do I want to see photos and videos from it, either. The overblown hyper-focus over genitalia is weird. And has nothing to do with gender identity, by the way. Gender identity...read more
During Allies In Action last week, we explored what is a Utopian / perfect society and how to create one. Students were divided into six small groups with some parameters and criteria. Before starting they were provided a basic understanding of some types...read more
Considering the drastic difference in election results nationwide this week, moving forward looks and feels different than a year ago. Many of us are breathing a little easier, seeing the benefit of our collective efforts of volunteering, emailing and...read more
My Purple Umbrella's First Guest Blogger: Madeleine Gasperi, Local Author Madeleine debuted her writing by publishing a children's book entitled "I Have Two Dads: Different Types of Families." Madeleine is a huge advocate and ally of the LGBTQ community...read more