The Lemays are a Massachusetts family with three young children, ages 10, 8 and 6 years old. Their middle child was born female, but shortly after the age of 2 he persistently and consistently expressed that he felt more comfortable presenting a male gender identity. That’s when the Lemays began the journey that led them to socially transition their child to live an affirmed life as their son, Jacob. The change in Jacob has been remarkable and gratifying for the Lemays and for those who know and love Jacob. “As parents, it’s our job to ensure our kids’ health and happiness,” Mimi said. Mimi has become an outspoken advocate for transgender rights in Massachusetts and across the US and both she and her husband Joe, have joined the Parents for Transgender Equality Council at Human Rights Campaign.
Joe, Jacob’s father, speaks not just as a dad but also as a business leader. “As the CEO of a technology startup, I’m also responsible for looking out for my employees,” he said a few years ago. “We were growing fast this year, and I needed to decide where we’d establish our permanent headquarters. I wanted to grow our company here, but I needed Massachusetts to step up. Otherwise, I would have needed to grow employee headcount and pay corporate taxes in one of the 18 other states that will protect all our current and future employees.“