‘The Transgender Myth’ by Paula Overby

Paula’s childhood was typical of most girls without the understanding that her assigned sex was male. She dreamed about being a mom in the glamorized media style of housewife in the 50’s and 60’s. That all changed when she was enrolled in a school that separated the boys from the girls creating the harsh realization that she was a boy and soon afterward, that she would never be pregnant. Following two devastating relationships with men, she discovered the love of another woman and her young child. Following the traditional role of provider in the image of her father, she went on to have two more children in the traditional homemaker image of her mother. Tensions grew during the 28 year marriage until Paula lost custody under allegations that a transgender woman was unfit to be a mother. Despite the overwhelming consensus that no judge would ever give her custody of her son, Paula was unwilling to abandon him. She fought for her son as her own attorney in a custody battle lasting four years.

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