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Lgbtq Youth

Why I Cheered for 'Queer'

Julie Tarney | Posted 02.07.2016 | Queer Voices
Julie Tarney

As the mom of a child who defies labeling, the word "queer" gives my son a place in a richly diverse community of people living as their authentic selves.

Transgender Children Can't Wait for Schools to Change

Nola Sarina | Posted 02.05.2016 | Queer Voices
Nola Sarina

Two and a half years. That's the average wait time for a transgender child in my region to be seen and assessed by a psychiatrist who specializes in gender dysphoria.

From A to T: Advice for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Youth, Adolescents, Families and Allies -- Queer Eye for the Trans Person Edition

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

As we change our gender, clothing can be one of the most intimidating obstacles we face. What do we do?

Dear Mormonism: Your LGBTQ Members Are Still Hurting, So What Happens Next?

Peter Harrison | Posted 01.13.2016 | Religion
Peter Harrison

I realize I'll be ok, after being out for nearly three years I've built a pretty good sized community of accepting and loving friends, family, and people who care for me. I know my family loves me and that won't ever change. However, how will this policy change affect the life of that queer Mormon kid sitting in the congregation wondering if she'll ever be welcomed in the pews?

Trans* Year End Reflections: The Shape of Things to Come

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Right now our community is in the awkward, liminal space where we move from past to future, from disempowerment to autonomy. We have endured decades of conflict. Our struggles are finally showing signs of victory.

The True Colors Fund for End of Year Giving

Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen

While many celebrities associate themselves with charities as a means of generating positive PR, rock legend Cyndi Lauper puts her time and money where her mouth is.

What Should LGBTQ Applicants Look for in a College?

Robert Franek | Posted 11.11.2015 | College
Robert Franek

Coming up with a list of colleges and universities for application involves a lot of consideration for every student. Students who identify as LGBTQ have extra best-fit criteria to consider when it comes to finding their ideal schools.

On Being the Parent of a Transgender Child

Paul Heroux | Posted 10.27.2015 | Parents
Paul Heroux

Recently, I had the opportunity and pleasure of meeting Marcia and Ryan. Marcia is the mother of Ryan who is a 9 year old transgender child living in my community. Ryan was born with the anatomy of a male, but Ryan describes herself as having "the heart and brain of a girl."

Coming Out of the Closet: When Do You Know and When Do You Go?

Bethany Grace Howe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Bethany Grace Howe

It seems to reinforce the idea that the age at which people start to understand their sexual orientation really can happen at any time. Basically, anytime is a normal time.

Stop Conversion Therapy -- It's Based on Pseudoscience

Elizabeth Yuko | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Elizabeth Yuko

A report released on October 15 is a major step in President Obama's commitment to expand the number of states enacting "Leelah's Law," which would ban the use of conversion therapy to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of lesbian, gay and transgender children and youth.

#SpiritDay: Go Beyond the Hashtag and Purple Pics

Shane L. Windmeyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Shane L. Windmeyer

Anything limited to one day and 140 characters is likely never going to prevent or end a culture of LGBTQ youth harassment and bullying. It doesn't just get better. We have to do better.

Can a 12-Year-Old Really Know They're LGBTQ?

Bethany Grace Howe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Bethany Grace Howe

In my casual interactions with people over the years on this topic the answer I've heard the most is "I guess I always knew." It's not that I don't believe them, but as someone who likes data to back things up, it's too vague for my tastes.

The Purple Bough: A Bisexual's View of an Interfaith Conference

Kevin Hogan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin Hogan

I listened to one after another speak sincerely about helping those most vulnerable. And instead of feeling more out of place, I came to understand why Kimberly had invited exactly this mix of people to this discussion.

Camp Brave Trails: Healing Behind the Lens

Kyle Jarrett | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kyle Jarrett

It was a weekend of beautiful invitations, to dance, to hike, to talk and to prance across the dining hall in a lacy, blue tutu, hailed by shouts of "Go Kyle!" rather than "Oh God," or "You're so weird" or that awful silence.

Author Hits Road for LGBTQ Youth, the Trevor Project

Bill Konigsberg | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Bill Konigsberg

When you're 16 years old, you have absolutely no control over where you live and where you go to school. And if you're LGBTQ, that lack of control is multiplied by a zillion.

"The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey:" A 21st-Century Play for a 21st-Century Audience

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 08.06.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

His sensitivity and thoughtfulness contrasted my first impression of him from a few days before, when he primarily portrayed a gruff detective from the Jersey Shore in his one-man show at the Westside Theatre.

LGBTQ Youth: Young, Out and Afraid

Steve Pierce | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Steve Pierce

While many of us celebrate the victory for marriage equality in the U.S. Supreme Court, research shows that LGBTQ people face significant challenges throughout their lives -- beginning at a very early age.

Could God Be Gay?

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 07.01.2015 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

Struggling with my own limited capacity of faith, I nonetheless cling to the hope that Christ understands all pain, even this one. He was not a woman, but in the Garden of Gethsemane, part of the Atonement was his experiencing every kind of human suffering.

Sharing the Stories of LGBTQ Youth: Caitlyn, 18, From Las Vegas

Diana Scholl | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Diana Scholl

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The (Genderqueer) Kid I Never Expected

Julie Tarney | Posted 05.30.2015 | Parents
Julie Tarney

When Harry told me at age 2 that "inside" his head he was a girl, I have to admit it was an unexpected moment. And it took me awhile to realize that the awareness he'd had of his outer world as an infant applied also to his inner self as a toddler and growing boy.

Why We Need LGBTQ-Inclusive Colleges

Bek Jakola | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Bek Jakola

Choosing the school that's right for you is never easy, but it's especially hard when you're an LGBTQ student. The questions you have to ask multiply.

Our Black Future Legends Are Here

Mustafa Sullivan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mustafa Sullivan

When black people are homophobic, they are doing the oppressor's work for them, and when white queers erase the experiences and efforts of black transgender women and LGBTQ youth of color, they are doing the oppressor's work for them.

An Open letter to the LGBTQ Task Force: "Creating Change? For Whom?"

Jonathan Perez | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jonathan Perez

As Undocumented Queer & Trans* Youth of Color we noticed a repetitive theme in The National Conference on LGBTQ Equality. The conference created an environment where our experiences as youth of color are being told by people who don't necessarily face our situations/struggles.

Study Finds It Does Get Better For LGBTQ Youth

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning adolescents who face bullying and other ty...

Falling in Love With a Cartoon Character (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-01-14-20150109AlexZuccarosmall.jpgAlexander first realized he was gay at 5 years old thanks to a Hercules pillow set, a secret comfort he could turn to when he couldn't explain himself to his friends at school. The pillow was his "boyfriend," he says.