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June 6, 2012

Glee Project: Tyler was my daughter's transgender camp counselor


Last summer, my daughter, who was 12 at the time, told me about her first day at camp.

The counselors held a meeting with the kids to talk about their counselor Tyler, who they may have remembered as "Brittany," a girl counselor, the previous summer. Tyler was in the process of becoming a man.

As the summer went on, I asked a few questions, such as which bathrooms he was using and which counselors he shared rooms with on trips (male in both cases). But it was clearly not a big deal to my daughter, or to any of her campmates as far as I could tell.

Now Tyler is on "The Glee Project," the competition to be on "Glee" that started last night. I did not know he had musical talent or sought to be a star and regret not getting to know him better last summer. He is certainly open about telling his story, as I learned on TV last night.

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June 1, 2012

Middle schools take away lockers too soon


I know it's the end of the school year and adolescents are prone to pranks. But why order kids to give up their lockers two weeks before school is over?

I see the rationale behind not saving it for the last day. Troublemakers would use the lockers to store shaving cream or other gags they can't get detention for because school is over.

Maybe the pranks start earlier than I imagined. But all I see when I drop off in the morning is kids walking almost lopsided, carrying enormous stacks of books and notebooks, as well as their lunches and other bags, all to prevent the mischief of a few.

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Gretchen Day-Bryant has a son in high school and a daughter in middle school. She’s lived to tell about the struggles of juggling little kids and work.
Joy Oglesby has a preschooler...
Cindy Kent Fort Lauderdale mother of three. Her kids span in ages from teenager to 20s.
Rafael Olmeda and his wife welcomed their first son in Feb. 2009, and he's helping raise two teenage stepdaughters.
Lois Solomonlives with her husband and three daughters.
Georgia East is the parent of a five-year-old girl, who came into the world weighing 1 pound, 13 ounces.
Brittany Wallman is the mother of Creed, 15, and Lily, 7, and is married to a journalist, Bob Norman. She covers Broward County government, which is filled with almost as much drama as the Norman household. Almost.
Chris Tiedje is the Social Media Coordinator and the father of a 7-year-old girl, and two boys ages 4 and 3.
Kyara Lomer Camarena has a 2-year-old son, Copelan, and a brand new baby.

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