Keith Hoffman on Growing Through a Sibling’s Transition

Grow Through It: LGBT Challenges

Keith Hoffman, author of the forthcoming book The Summer My Sister Grew Sideburns, describes his experience as a 5th grader in the Midwest when his big sister transitioned to his big brother. In 1974, when his mother said, “We are going to accept it, but not talk to anyone about it outside the family,” she created a family secret that he navigates to this day.

Dani Shapiro on Growing Through a Family Secret

Grow Through It: Family Secrets

Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love, describes the personal crisis created after learning a family secret at the age of 54, and growing through it with the help of her ‘spiritual army’ and in community with others.