Love Lives Here - A Story of Thriving in a Transgender Family Book
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All Amanda Jetté Knox ever wanted was to enjoy a stable life. She never knew her biological father, and while her mother and stepfather were loving parents, the situation was sometimes chaotic. At school she was bullied mercilessly, and at the age of fourteen entered a counselling program for alcohol addiction, with positive results.
She met the love of her life while still a teenager; they married at 20, and the first of three children followed shortly. Amanda finally had the stability she craved or so it seemed. Their middle child struggled with depression and avoided school. Still, Amanda was unprepared when the child she knew as her son came out as transgender at the age of eleven.
Shocked, but knowing how important it was to support her daughter, Jetté Knox became an ardent advocate for trans rights. But there was more to come. For many years, Amanda had coped with her spouse's moodiness, and that chronic unhappiness was taking a toll on their marriage.
A little over a year after their child came out, her partner also came out as transgender. Knowing better than most what would lie ahead, Jetté Knox searched for positive examples of marriages surviving transition. When she found no role models, she determined that her family would become one. The shift was challenging, but slowly the family noticed that they were becoming happier, more united.
Told with remarkable candour and humour, and full of insight into the challenges faced by trans people, Love Lives Here is a beautiful story of transition, frustration, support, acceptance, and, of course, love.
|Author||Amanda Jetté Knox|