My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Positive Images, Santa Rosa, CA, USA
Our Princess Son was introduced to Positive Images (PI) when he was 12 years old. He had been displaying gender nonconformity HIS ENTIRE LIFE (that was how he expressed himself as long as he was able to convey a need) Yet he was slipping into a much darker and depressed state due to his peer's (and the general student body) becoming increasingly judgemental, negative and extremely hostile at times! This isn't even touching on the adult/teacher dynamic of judgement also being projected towards him, like subtle inuendo's implying he was making a choice to be "girly" or that he was disruptive because of his feminine mannerisms.
We as a family saw his love of living life fully, with a wonderfully positive, loving attitude as being completely normal (Princess Boy) behavior.
In our family he was allowed to express himself (appropriately) in the manner he felt most comfortable, which was always by wearing a Dorthy dress (for weeks on end!) and singing Spice Girls songs all day long. In public it was a different story. As he got older we felt it was important to make him conform and the results were depression and anxiety slowly sneaking into the picture. PI became the safe space where he was allowed to be SHE and everything else; being a true expression of my child's true and original self! Long story short, he iremains living as a HE but a VERY stable, happy he. My son will complete college, getting his degree in dance andost likely attempt to break into the entertainment industry. He is a well rounded, loved man and PI made this possible! Our family is forever grateful for that support and love that our Princess was shown during the darker times in our family. My son found a place where he could express his innermost self and understand that he was OK just the way he is through seeing OTHER boys that like boys and are OK with it! A real heartfelt community of supportive, loving people. Thank You Positive Images and Jim Foster and Nancy Vogel!!