A woman had once been married to her 42-year-old husband, who towards the end of their marriage, had begun exploring crossdressing. Despite thinking it was just a bit of fun, the woman soon discovered that her former husband now identified as a woman named Laura, an unexpected change that was slowly ruining her son’s life.
Just a Bit of Fun
The woman explained that this had all begun when her ex-husband had started cross-dressing. “He assured me it was just a bit of fun, so I was incredibly taken aback when he came out, as he was always a very traditional, masculine guy”.
Living as Laura
Laura had made the decision to live as a woman full-time, although she had not yet started hormone replacement therapy. The woman and Laura no longer lived together as a couple but shared custody of their 10-year-old son.
A Drastic Change
Since moving out and living independently, Laura’s clothing choices had taken a dramatic turn. She had shifted from regular dresses and skirts to provocative attire, including microminis, fishnets, high heels, and bold makeup. Given Laura’s tall stature, standing at 6’4″ in her heels, her appearance was hard to ignore, and this had raised concerns for the woman.
A Distressed Son
The woman tried to be understanding, but her son was struggling to cope with it. “It’s particularly difficult when Laura picks him up from school or takes him out for food”, she explained. “He recently had a breakdown, telling me he didn’t want to go to school anymore, as everyone knew him as the “drag queen’s son”.
A Private Discussion
In an effort to address the issue and support their son, the woman attempted to have a private conversation with Laura. She called her, and they organized to meet in person with their son, hoping to find a solution that would make him feel more comfortable.
An Uncomfortable Public Outing
However, the moment they met in person, Laura’s extravagant attire drew the attention of onlookers. All eyes were on them as they entered the meeting place, and people were clearly eavesdropping. The woman delicately broached the topic, explaining their son’s feelings, but Laura’s reaction was far from understanding.
An Explosive Reaction
Laura became visibly agitated and accused the woman of coaching their son to be transphobic, raising her voice and causing a scene. To the woman’s dismay, a group of nearby girls joined in, hurling abuse at her and defending Laura.
A Heartbreaking Departure
Feeling humiliated and overwhelmed, the woman and her son left the venue in tears. Laura appeared unfazed by their distress, seemingly reveling in the attention she received.
In the aftermath of the incident, the woman grappled with a myriad of emotions. She questioned whether her personal feelings were clouding her judgment and whether she had been wrong to ask Laura to tone down her attire. She couldn’t shake off the memory of strangers berating her, leaving her feeling shaken and out of touch.
A Mother’s Concern
However, the woman’s priority remained her son, who had become increasingly withdrawn and distraught due to the situation. She was torn between her desire to support Laura’s self-expression and the need to protect their son’s well-being.
Desperate for Help
The woman headed online to vent her emotions, desperate for help. Readers were shocked, and everyone felt deeply sorry for her and her son. “This has nothing to do with Laura and everything to do with your son”, one reader commented. “She needs to come back down to earth and realize that she’s a parent first and foremost”.
Nobody was judging Laura for her transition, but everyone was judging her for her parenting. “Wearing ‘drag queen’ attire to pick up her kid from school is not appropriate, irrespective of Laura’s transition”, another reader stated.
Her Transition Was Irrelevant
One reader pointed out the irrelevance of Laura’s transition in this story. “If you take the transition out of the equation, kids would still bully your son that his mother picks him up from school in high heels, fishnets, and mini skirts”, they stated. “She needs to realize that her public ‘self-expression’ is ruining her son’s life.”
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