DEAR EDITOR:

Ginny Ehrhart’s latest attempt to get media attention and to hurt her previous political opponent is about as low as she can go. Attacking an opponent’s child and family, all while pretending to protect children? Disgusting.

I agree that the children in question are vulnerable. The stress of prejudice and discrimination, as well as feelings of social isolation, are risk factors for suicide, and common among transgender individuals. On the other hand, family acceptance, connections to friends and a sense of safety are considered factors that protect against suicide. Misinformed and dangerous individuals like Ginny Ehrhart are the ones who our children need to be protected from.

I know this issue is still difficult for many to understand, but I urge those individuals to seek out information from quality sources and to open their minds and hearts to individuals who are extremely vulnerable. One great book is called “This is How it Always Is” by Laurie Frankel. Although the book is fiction, the author has a transgender child, and the book does a great job of portraying the family’s difficulty in understanding the issue, sorting through research and figuring out how to support their child.

There is a transgender child who attends my child’s school, and another transgender child who is the sibling of a child in her dance class. When I think of these children in my child’s life, I fear for them. They face so many challenges in life and need protection from those who do not accept them for who they are. Both are beautiful, vibrant children who have so much to share with the world. And they are loved by their families and communities. I look forward to the day when they can freely be themselves and when all circles are safe for them. Voting cruel politicians like Ginny Ehrhart out of office would be a great first step.

Karen Mellott

Atlanta

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