As more Americans become aware of transgender people’s concerns and rights, we’re seeing more transgender people coming forward to participate fully in our society.
We’ve got transgender actors like “possibility model” Laverne Cox, transgender television hosts/media personalities like Janet Mock (whose autobiography I recommend to everyone), transgender characters at the center of TV dramas, and of course transgender reality stars.
So how about Transgender Au Pairs?
A young man emailed to ask about becoming an au pair. Only a sophomore in high school, he’s wondering if being an au pair is a possibility for him.
“My French teacher has talked about her year as an au pair and recommended becoming an au pair to all of us. The idea sounds really cool to me– I’d like to live with a host family, polish my second language, and take care of kids too. But I’m not sure whether this is possible.
Is it too much to expect that a family might accept a transgender Au Pair? What would they even need to know about me to feel comfortable?”
On average, Host Parents are socially liberal people — well educated, comfortable with cultural differences, more open-minded than not — so it’s likely that there will be families who would not hesitate to take on a transgender au pair.
Yet, as we know when we host Au Pairs of races and religions different from what’s common in our local communities, Host Parents often have to be proactive in showing people how to be accepting and welcoming of their au pair. It can be a little extra social work to have an Au Pair whose identity trigger anxiety, fear, or rejection from others.
What do you all think?
How would you respond to the file of a prospective au pair who was transgender?