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Jamie Gagne
Nashua, NH

Jamie Gagne was raised female but knew from a young age that that didn’t quite fit – and so he came out as transgender at the age of 16 and transitioned to live every day as the man he has long known himself to be. In the early 2000s coming out as transgender at a young age was pretty rare, but with support Jamie thrived. When he turned 22 he began dating a woman who had a son, Garret, and he found himself thrown into fatherhood, raising Garret alongside Pam.   “We did it all,” Jamie said. “We ate dinner together, read books, and went on adventures. We were an ‘insta-family,’ as I liked to call it at the time.”

Jamie came out to his son Garret as transgender when Garret was 11. “He did not have much to say, as Pam and I raised him knowing other transgender folks, and being around other people of the queer community,” Jamie said. “I am lucky he is so indifferent to it. It’s a non-issue, and talking about it seems to be silly in his eyes.” Jamie continued: “These days I am more out than I used to be. It took a lot of personal growth to get here. I am more comfortable being the dad I always wanted to be, but it has taken a lot of work. It is my hope that in the future, transgender fathers will not have to do all that work. It is my hope that they can celebrate being the fathers that they are, as soon as they become fathers.”

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