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In Memoir, Mother And Trans Son 'Pick Up The Pieces' Of Relationship

Chion Wolf
Connecticut Public Radio
Donald Collins & Mary Collins.

Donald Collins first told his mom he was transgender when he was a senior in high school. His mother wasn’t totally sure what the word transgender even meant. From there, they began a difficult emotional journey as Donald began his transition.

This hour, we sit down with Donald and his mother, Mary Collins. They have written about their experience in the book At the Broken Places: A Mother and Trans Son Pick Up the Pieces. We ask them how they rebuilt their relationship and what lessons they hope to share with other families .

Have you or a loved one come out as transgender? We want to hear from you.

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  • Mary Collins - a writer and professor of nonfiction writing at Central Connecticut State University
  • Donald Collins - a 26-year old graduate student living in California, and a trans advocate an educator

Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired on May 21, 2019.

Lucy is the Executive Producer and Host of Connecticut Public's morning talk show, 'Where We Live.' She’s a longtime public radio reporter covering several beats including immigration, juvenile justice and child welfare issues, education, veterans affairs and the military.
Carmen Baskauf was a producer for Connecticut Public Radio's news-talk show Where We Live, hosted by Lucy Nalpathanchil from 2017-2021. She has also contributed to The Colin McEnroe Show.
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