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I Do Not Need To Understand To Support You

      My piece, titled “I Do Not Need To Understand To Support You,” depicts a young person, Stephen, wearing a dress for the first time outside of the protective confines of their room. When Stephen’s father, who is sitting at the dining room table, sees Stephen in the new pink frock, his eyes get wide in shock. Why on Earth is his son wearing a dress? Perplexed, he goes over to Stephen who nervously waits for their father’s response, expecting the worst. But then the unexpected happens. Instead of asking questions or delegitimizing Stephen’s experience, the father embraces Stephen and accepts his child as the person they were born to be.