In this series of short videos, Laurin Mayeno shares her experiences and learning parenting her child Danny, who challenged gender boxes from an early age. She created the series, with Danny’s help, to open hearts and minds, spark dialogue, build awareness and support families like her own. The videos can be viewed online, or shown as part of a presentation or workshop by Mayeno Consulting.
Proud Mom, Part 1 – Early Years – Laurin talks about the pressures she felt to fit in and to make her child “fit into the box of being a boy”. She also shares some of the steps in her own process of learning to accept and support her child. Length: 5:32
Proud Mom, Part 2 – Elementary School Years is Laurin’s story about working through her own confusion and fears as her child Danny faced teasing and harassment in elementary school. She shares about her own “coming out” as she tries to support her child. Length: 6:13
Proud Mom, Part 3 – Middle and High School Years is Laurin’s story about being there for her child through the harassment, isolation and depression during middle school. She reflects on her role as a parent as she her child becoming a young adult. Length: 5:52