Gender transitioning can test family bonds – By Anndee Hochman and Gloria Hochman, For The Inquirer

Second in an occasional series of stories about the new modern family.

Erica Solis doesn’t remember the Placemat Explanation, but her parents have told the story so often she can recite it herself: She was 4 and sitting at the kitchen table.

“If men are there,” her mother said, pointing to the left side of a placemat, “and women are over there,” indicating the right margin, “then Mama is right about here.” And she gestured to a spot close to the “male” side of the mat.