When David Lockard talks about starting his journey as the parent of a transgender child, he’s clear upfront that although he didn’t know at first what it meant to be transgender, he did always know he wanted to take care of his child. He just didn’t know how to do that at first. The rest of the journey, he said, has been about learning what it means to be transgender, and learning how best to support his son. David will be the first to admit that he’s not always been so enlightened about the issues and challenges transgender people face. When his son was younger, David knew he was struggling with something deep, but for a long time, he didn’t know what. Now, if someone has questions, or is unsure, David says he’s open to talk.
“That is what I want to share with other fathers,” he said. “The best way for other fathers to take care of our transgender children is to accept, respect, and protect them. I would encourage them to talk to someone who is transgender, or someone like me who is the parent of a transgender child, and then go out and vote in favor of the rights of transgender people.”