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Amber Briggle (she/her), @ mrsbriggle

to parents of trans kids across the country, if i can recommend one thing to work on today (besides hugging your babies harder than ever) it's to start building a "safe folder"

Amber Briggle (she/her), @ mrsbriggle

a safe folder contains important items like your child's medical and legal records (vaccination records, court documents/passports/etc showing their legal name if it's been changed).

Amber Briggle (she/her), @ mrsbriggle

also include letters from trusted people like neighbors, your child's principal, clergy, etc that talk about what a wonderful parent you are.

Amber Briggle (she/her), @ mrsbriggle

photos (including self portraits your children have drawn!) that document your trans child's transition are also helpful. if you have a social media account & are considering deleting, download all your pics and posts first to use as evidence of their persistent gender identity.

Amber Briggle (she/her), @ mrsbriggle

one year my son drew me the LOVELIEST mother's day card. he told me how much he loved me & how safe he felt when he was with me. the 1st thing i thought was "this is the sweetest thing he's ever made me." the 2nd (heartbreaking) thing i thought is "this goes in the safe folder."

Amber Briggle (she/her), @ mrsbriggle

include report cards, too. medals/awards that they've earned from their accomplishments.

Amber Briggle (she/her), @ mrsbriggle

i pray you will never need to rely on your safe folder. but if someone calls CPS on you for doing nothing more than loving your transgender child and supporting them in the ways that they need, then you have evidence to back you up that YOU ARE A GOOD PARENT.

Amber Briggle (she/her), @ mrsbriggle

it will be okay. hug your babies, vote these douchecanoes out of office, and stay strong. love you.