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Changing Times, Changing Ourselves

(3) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 2:34 PM

There are so many different definitions of gender. Within the transgender community, there are many different identities under the trans* umbrella. Finding out where one fits in is a personal and often painstaking journey.

The Internet and media have revolutionized coming out and accessing resources for young transgender youth....

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Modern Design for a Tech Savvy World -- Keeping Ahead of the Curve

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 2:25 PM

Trying to keep ahead of a changing art and design world while keeping your products fresh and unique is a daunting task for any designer. Color palates and trends change in the blink of an eye, and what's hip and classy today can be drab and boring tomorrow. How can...

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Thank You, April Ashley!

(5) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 3:49 PM

Young transgender individuals now find their paths easier than ever. Puberty blockers, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), informed therapists, physicians, and even accepting parents make the new world of being young and trans* easier than it was 50 years ago.

How do we begin to thank those brave souls who...

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It's Not Easy, But It's Worth It!

(1) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 10:55 PM

Putting together a magazine is a lot of hard work and dedication. You have to really believe in what you're putting out there and find content that resonates with people. Just a Bit Radical began as a blog that my partner inspired me to write, and it turned into something...

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Dodging a Bullet, or How I Stopped Making Excuses and Started Getting Healthy

(1) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 5:18 PM

It's the middle of the summer, and I'm sweltering inside my tiny room on a chunk of land and water known as Cape Cod. I'm going to talk about this "paleo eating thing," and that "CrossFit thing." You know, the things I do that make my friends think I'm crazy....

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What Makes a Man?

(32) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 4:42 PM

On the block today? A little blog about how identifying as bigender/genderqueer has shaped my perspective, and how the LGBT community at large tends to gloss over our existence. (Check out the Urban Dictionary definition of "genderqueer" if you're curious.)

We're all part of the same family, so...

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I Was Promised a Pony!

(10) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 11:02 AM

This blog is dedicated to trans*, bigender, and gender-variant youth.

I always knew I wasn't like others. I didn't want a boyfriend, and I wore clothes that the other girls called "boy's clothes," all the time. I played in the mud, ran after soccer balls, and climbed trees. "Tomboy," they...

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Calling All LGBTQ Adults: I Want to Hear You Scream!

(15) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 2:45 PM

What can we as LGBTQ adults do to show our support for those that are fighting a struggle we may have already conquered? You've come out, your professional and personal life is amazing, life is good. "But Catherine," you say, "I don't want to have to feel the anxiety, the...

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Splitting Hairs: Is the LGBT Community Alienating Its Own?

(39) Comments | Posted April 10, 2012 | 12:22 PM

Labels play a large role in society. Some choose not to identify with a label, while others find a sense of security in a label and use it to define who they are to others. Off the top of your head, how many labels can you think of for the...

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Get Ready to Rock: Breaking Down the Gender Binary

(16) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 5:12 PM

Why does the binary gender system seek to enforce stereotypes? What good can come of forcing people into societal boxes that govern how they should feel, act, dress, and more? Is there ever a good reason for this? Are people just too scared of the unknown to accept anything that...

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I'll Make a Man Out of You

(22) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 7:43 PM

Culturally, socially, and physically, we assign humans a gender based on appearance. Popular culture has very rigid definitions of "male" and "female" and imposes them on today's youth at any cost -- Seventeen, Teen Beat, the list goes on. Girls, make the cute boy in homeroom notice you with this...

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Just a Bit Radical: A New Magazine for LGBT Youth

(5) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 5:57 PM

Just a Bit Radical is a magazine with a simple mission: to provide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQQIA) youth and their allies ages 13 to 30 with a publication that discusses ideas and issues that are important to them. We look to increase positive LGBTQQIA...

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