Catherine Hyde, Founder, Navigating What’s Next

Seventeen and a half years ago, you may recall, John and I welcomed home a happy and healthy baby boy whom we named, with great pride, after both of our fathers: William Thomas Hyde Gullucci. Such a happy baby was Will! And within a few years, it became obvious that Will was not your average boy child. In play and dress, he preferred pink, sparkly and feminine. At the age of four, Will explained to me that something
had gone wrong in my belly and he was supposed to be a girl. You see, our sense of our own gender shows up very, very young, and in some rare cases, it does not agree with our body parts.

Our world is rapidly changing, and rightly so! Every human being has the right to BE what they truly are and embrace their true selves. Today on our show, we celebrate differences with our guest Catherine Hyde, a social entrepreneur who shares her incredible journey of being a trans supporter and tells us about her initiative “Navigating What’s Next.” Catherine is the Founder of “Navigating What’s Next” an organization that helps educate people on transgender people and their lives. In the interview, Catherine begins by sharing the key moments of her life, her daughter coming out as a transgender at the young age of 3 was one of the moments that pivoted her journey towards the incredible work she’s doing now. Catherine is a great believer in sharing her story with everyone to create an atmosphere of inclusivity and understanding. She tells us about the negative experiences her daughter went through when she was not accepted as a female in the body of a man and how ACCEPTANCE can do wonders for the growth of trans people. Catherine shares how one can educate their children on transgender as the gender, she tells us that one should have this conversation early on. She enlightens us on how offices can be more inclusive to trans people. Catherine calls millennials “magnificent” and the ones who will clean up the mess made by the past generations.  Tune in to learn more about the incredible work she does!

Catherine Hyde, Founder, Navigating What’s Next

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It has been a few very crazy and wonderful years here at the Hyde-Gullucci house, and we feel it is time to share. Many of you with whom we visit regularly or who follow Cat on Facebook know our story, but many of you don’t, and the time has come to tell it. Seventeen and a half years ago, you may recall, John and I welcomed home a happy and healthy baby boy whom we named, with great pride, after both of our fathers: William Thomas Hyde Gullucci. Such a happy baby was Will! And within a few years, it became obvious that Will was not your average boy child. In play and dress, he preferred pink, sparkly and feminine. At the age of four, Will explained to me that something had gone wrong in my belly and he was supposed to be a girl. You see, our sense of our own gender shows up very, very young, and in some rare cases, it does not agree with our body parts. But John and I didn’t know that then. We assured Will that he was most certainly a boy and we actively encouraged masculine behavior and actively discouraged feminine behavior. It seemed to us the reasonable and right thing to do, and we did it with the full support of a psychologist. Sadly though, this way of trying to shape Will only shamed our child, who was, inherently, very feminine.

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