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Transgender Kids Take Center Stage In Stunning, Empowering Photo Series

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 05.26.2015 | Gay Voices

For the past 12 years, Dutch photographer Sarah Wong has documented the lives and experiences of a group of children who have transitioned -- or are i...

Why One Mom Had to Create America's First-Ever Summer Day Camp for Trans Kids

Juliet Linley | Posted 05.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Juliet Linley

Last summer 6-year-old Scarlett had the worst experience of her life at day camp: Her best friend told the other girls that Scarlett has a penis. Amazingly, the little girl had enough resilience to return to camp the next day. But it was the genesis of the day camp that her mother Sandra is launching in California this summer: the Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp.

Here's What It's Like To Be A Transgender Child

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 04.22.2015 | Gay Voices

What is it like to be in the earliest stages of life but to feel a disconnect between your body and your sense of self? As transgender visibility c...

What If My Child Weren't Transgender?

Mary J. Moss | Posted 02.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Mary J. Moss

I've been asked many times before if I fear that my son will "change his mind." What if he "decides he wants to be a girl again"? What if I made a mistake by allowing him to transition at such a young age? I know that without walking a mile in my shoes, it's hard to understand. So let's pretend my child wasn't born to be transgender.

A Mom's Letter Introducing Her Transgender Daughter

Liz Hanssen | Posted 01.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Liz Hanssen

I am the fortunate parent who lives in awe of her 15-year-old child, whose courage and conviction to live authentically in a largely unfamiliar and often less-than-friendly world is humbling. And as she has grown into herself, so too have those around her.

WATCH: This Kid Rapping About Being Transgender Is Our New Hero

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.11.2014 | Gay Voices

It looks like we just found our new pint-size hero. Alex hasn't even left elementary school but he already has a firm grasp on his identity and wha...

Transgender Children Today: Shifting the Responsibility for Change Away From Children and Onto Society

Aidan Key | Posted 09.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Aidan Key

How do we change society? We start by listening to the truths of these children and believing, rather than dismissing, them. If we can start by believing the child's clearly stated truth, we are well on our way.

WATCH: Mother Schools Haters Who Don't Understand Her Trans Daughter

The Huffington Post | Noah Michelson | Posted 07.15.2014 | Gay Voices

"My daughter is six years old. She transitioned, which means she changed her outward appearance from male to female and started living full time as he...

My Trans Son: Standing Tall

Todd Greenwood | Posted 09.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Todd Greenwood

As a society, we have just begun to talk about what it means to be transgender, and I, like most men of my generation, knew almost nothing. If there is anything that I've learned, it's that the subject is deeply complex. I think I understand something fundamental, but I really don't.

The Day I Took a Knife to School, and How It Changed Me

Mary J. Moss | Posted 09.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Mary J. Moss

"I might as well be invisible," I thought. I was sitting in my wheelchair in the locker room while the other kids played a sport in gym class. I could hear them and wondered how long it would take for anyone to find me. I felt so alone. I thought I was a burden to my family, and I felt hopeless.

Dispelling Myths, Misconceptions and Lies About Gender-Nonconforming Children

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 08.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Recently, a video about a transgender child in California went viral. Sadly, like every other conversation about transgender children, the comments section was often unkind. Scanning the comments, I saw the same poorly thought-out ideas keep popping up. I think it's time to put these misconceptions to bed.

Grieving a Child Who Is Still Alive

Mary J. Moss | Posted 08.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Mary J. Moss

My daughter Grace passed away in September 2010. There wasn't an obituary. There wasn't a funeral. There wasn't a casket or even a body to put in it. No one sent me sympathy cards. No one brought me casseroles. This wasn't because no one cared yet. It was because my child was still alive.

Allies and Angels

Jorge R. Petit, MD | Posted 07.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Jorge R. Petit, MD

In their book Allies and Angels: A Memoir of Our Family's Transition, Terri and Vince Cook lay bare their experience and journey of parenting a transgender child. They show us that resolve and steadfast love are what truly define the parental instinct.

She Never Was a Boy

Karen Adams | Posted 05.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Karen Adams

Quickly my mind raced through the catalog of her interests, behaviors and clothing choices, and I saw how many clues I had missed. I saw my new daughter for the first time, through the actions of my nephew.

Transgender Family Thanksgiving Celebrations

Wayne Maines | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Wayne Maines

I dream about the day when families with transgender children will be able to have classic Thanksgiving celebrations. Unfortunately, many families like ours celebrate alone or with a few close friends because they are not considered part of the extended family anymore.

Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Jazz, 12 (PHOTO)

Diana Scholl | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl

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Parts Unknown

Leslie Lagerstrom | Posted 11.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Leslie Lagerstrom

Severe pain in my 17-year-old son's abdomen took us to the ER last week. It's one of those situations that everyone dreads, but if you're transgender, there can be an added level of anxiety when the medical professionals aren't current on trans health care. Such was the case for us.

Into the Toilet

Justine Valinotti | Posted 10.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Justine Valinotti

How do they always end up being about bathrooms? I'm talking about the debates and protests that accompany any attempt to ensure that gender-variant individuals have the same rights as everybody else.

Love More, Fear Less: A Mother and Her Child Share Their Incredible Journey

Franne Golde and Syd Fox | Posted 07.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Franne Golde and Syd Fox

It was a primal scream that went right through me and sent distress signals to my heart. My beautiful 4-year-old daughter stood up in the bathtub as though she were possessed. "Mommy, I'm supposed to be a boy. God made a mistake!" she screamed through heaving tears.

To Go, Or Not To Go, That Is The Question

Leslie Lagerstrom | Posted 04.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Leslie Lagerstrom

For my transgender child and thousands like him, the simple act of relieving themselves in a public restroom at their school is a source of stress, confusion, violence, endless meetings and even lawsuits, just because they identify with a gender that differs from their biology.

A Simple Valentine's Day Dance

Wayne Maines | Posted 04.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Maines

Nicole was 10 years old, openly attending school as a transgender girl, and Valentine's Day was right around the corner. One evening Nicole came home, and while we were preparing dinner, she announced that there was going to be a father-daughter dance at the town recreation building.

Preparing For A Generation That Comes Out Younger

Josh A. Goodman | Posted 04.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Josh A. Goodman

The average coming-out age has declined from 20-something in the '80s to somewhere around 16 today, and there are many who come out younger -- in some cases far younger. Both the LGBTQ community and society at large need to be thinking about how to meet these kids' needs.

Remaining Hopeful After A Disappointing Court Decision, But How Do I Tell My Daughter?

Wayne Maines | Posted 01.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Maines

Last week, after five years of struggle, pain, hard work and hope, a Superior Court judge ruled that the Orono school system did not violate the Maine Human Rights Act when it prohibited my daughter Nicole from using the restroom that matches her gender identity.

If You Knew Him

Gretchen Peters | Posted 01.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Gretchen Peters

As the mother of a trans man, I have a hard time dwelling on the fact that hate could drive a person to murder someone like my son. I know what all of us who love our children know: that if you really knew them, you could never hate them. But the fear of what could happen never really goes away.

Science, Not Politics, Needs To Guide Policies Protecting Trans Youth

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 12.19.2012 | Gay Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

Earlier this week the East Aurora School District passed a policy that would provide key supports to trans youth. Soon thereafter the Illinois Family Institute urged people to complain about the policy, and today the East Aurora school district might very well rescind that protective policy.