Entries by Pete T

The Weaponization of Religion and the Death of Democracy

Ten years ago my young transgender son gave me the chance to see the world through his eyes. It began on Easter Sunday as we were struggling to get the kids dressed and out the door. I was raised Catholic, but through the years attended churches from different denominations — ones that prioritized inclusivity, fellowship, and […]

Where do we go from here?

What every Black American already knows and what we can only hope people are learning from Jan 6th, 2021, is that racial inequities and injustices are the greatest threat we face in our country. The violent images of white nationalists and Neo-Nazis only tell part of the story. We know factions still glorify the 400+ […]

Vote 2020

I hate to admit this, but before I had a transgender kid I didn’t look at the world the same way. Let’s just say I was not as thoughtful about how I voted…and that’s putting it kindly. It’s why I feel an obligation to reach out to people who don’t get it yet. It would […]

Small Towns Making a Big Stand

Post also found on Medium.com and HRC.org. Terri and Jaimie are moms who live in Grass Lake, MI. When you live in a town as small as Grass Lake, everybody knows your name. Especially when you’re as active in the community as Terri and Jaimie are. It’s what makes towns like Grass Lake special. It’s what makes […]

Why MLK’s Dream Is More Relevant Today Than Ever

We must stand up to hatred and injustice wherever it lives, and in the words of King, meet ‘physical force with soul force.’ Our hearts are broken for the families who lost loved ones in Charlottesville, VA. The bravery and sacrifices of Heather Heyer and all those injured standing up to hatred will not be forgotten. […]

Our Son Has a Dream, Too

“Our Son Has a Dream, Too” as seen in Huffington Post My seven-year-old transgender son told me several months ago that he wants to be like Martin when he grows up. You know, the one who had a dream. I told my son I didn’t know he was on a first name basis with the great […]

Jacq Kai’s Story

Hello, world. I’m the Dad of a transgender kid. I’m hoping our story will open some hearts and minds, much as ours were opened by our son. My son’s picture is in a presentation given to the Michigan State Board of Education for this proposal: “Statement and Guidance on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments for […]

Calling All Real Superheroes

“Calling All Real Superheroes” as seen in Huffington Post We are enamored with superheroes in our country. It’s a part of our culture and I think captures our inherent desire to overcome adversity and help others. To fight for good. The problem is we actually need real ones today. And lots of them. I’m encouraging my […]

Human Rights Campaign 2017 Convention Parents Panel

Sarah McBride with Sarah Sult Tchoryk, Peter Tchoryk, Ron JR Ford, and DeShanna U Neal March 11 at 1:16pm One of my favorite parts of my job is working with the exceptional parents on HRC’s Parents for Transgender Equality Council. This morning I had the pleasure of moderating a discussion with four of our parents – Pete and Sarah […]