In Brooklyn, Francisca Montaña is the kind of mother who prefers chicken soup over Sudafed. “I didn’t even want to vaccinate my children,” she says, though she did. When her child began identifying strongly as male, she was initially happy. As a feminist, Montaña was turned off by Barbies, princesses, and any preoccupation with appearance. And when it became clear during second grade that it was more than a passing phase, she gladly helped her child socially transition to male and his chosen name, Q (pictured above). Now eleven, Q is beginning puberty, but Montaña is struggling with the concept of hormone-blocking drugs. “It’s a huge decision, and I need to weigh all the risks. If he doesn’t get the blockers, he’ll be a boy with a woman’s body. He’ll endure bullying and having to explain himself all the time. My ultimate fear is that someone will kill him in the street. He’s Latino and black. Transphobia is real. Racism is real. On the other hand, am I giving him drugs because the world cannot understand my son? Why should he have to change himself?” Like many of the parents, she also worries about his ability to one day have children. “I don’t think he’s old enough to make these decisions,” Montaña says. “I can make partial decisions, but ultimately it’s his body.” For now, Q has yet to initiate the hormone-blocking therapy, but the plan is to do so “if that’s what he decides.” Read more from Montaña and other mothers of trans children who shared their stories with us in the link in our bio. Photographed by @inezandvinoodh
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, Vogue, August 2017.