A Parent By Any Other Name

Today is Mother’s Day, which has me thinking about the many ways of being a mother in today’s world, and about the concept of a “parenting identity” — which may or may not correspond with one’s gender identity.

Mothers traditionally are female — but mothers today include transgender men who had children before transitioning and may still think of themselves as mothers, as well as transgender women with children who may have taken on the title of mother in accordance with their gender identity. They may include masculine-of-center lesbian women, along with genderqueer and intersex people who do not identify as strictly male or female, but somehow feel drawn to the amalgam of qualities and actions our society typically associates with mothers.

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