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Trans Youth

Why This Transgender 10-Year-Old Sat For The Pledge Of Allegiance

Eli Erlick | Posted 09.14.2016 | Queer Voices
Eli Erlick

In the 5th grade, I was facing violence from my classmates, teachers, and school’s staff every day. When the other students called me slurs, beat me...

Don't Tell Me Not to 'Encourage' My Trans Child

Michelle Spear | Posted 04.13.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelle Spear

I would liken me "encouraging" my child to be trans to me encouraging my 5-year-old to have autism. The notion that I had a typically developing boy, who I then encouraged to be trans, or perhaps didn't discourage enough to not be trans...that, my friend, is ludicrous.

Trans Bathroom Bills: Don't Believe the Hype

Michelle Spear | Posted 03.29.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelle Spear

I find myself perusing Facebook profiles of trans opponents, looking for some common thread that explains their position. To my dismay, many times, I see my family reflected back at me; loving families taking selfies, adorable children blowing out birthday candles, a lovely sunset with a perfectly silhouetted little clan. These people are just like me.

The First Step In The Eradication Of Trans People From American Life Is Here

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.18.2016 | Queer Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Imagine a world where you will never be treated as your correct gender by any government agency. What ID you have will constantly out you as transgender, inviting discrimination -- perfectly legal discrimination, if part two of Family Research Council's plan succeeds.

Parenting a Transgender Child: Thanks for Outing Me, Mom.

Michelle Spear | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelle Spear

Everywhere I turn there's a new article about transgender youth. As a parent of a transgender child, this is both comforting and anxiety provoking: c...

These Inspiring Trans Teens Are Defining Beauty On Their Own tTerms

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The latest episode in Logo's new digital series elevating the stories of transgender and gender-nonconforming youth just premiered on the network's we...

This New Series Is Allowing Trans Youth To Define Beauty On Their Own Terms

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Get More: Beautiful As I Want To Be, Logo TV A new digital series from LOGO is elevating the stories of trans and gender-nonconforming youth an...

Good News For Trans Youth On The Cusp Of Puberty

Reuters | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

(Reuters Health) - Puberty can be one of the worst times in a transgender or gender-nonconforming child's life, but for these children, access to drug...

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

Juliet Linley | Posted 05.18.2016 | Queer 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.

Not One More: Protect and Empower Trans Youth

Michael Cade Hughes | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Cade Hughes

While trans visibility is increasing, and we're seeing more positive representations in the media, our youth remain vulnerable and mostly unheard.

On the Urgent Importance of Loving Trans People

Janson Wu | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Janson Wu

It's hard to write about these tragedies without falling into sadness or anger, or without inadvertently raising the visibility of the victim's deaths over their lives. It's also hard to write about it without knowing exactly how, as a cis-gendered ally, to make it better. But we don't have the luxury of time.

Sharing the Stories of LGBTQ Youth: Zeam, 17, From Minneappolis

Diana Scholl | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Diana Scholl

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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.

Smiles for Leelah Alcorn, Who Asked Us to 'Fix Society. Please.'

Peter Monn | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Peter Monn

"My death needs to mean something." Wow, that's pretty profound. They're just kids, right? They're just teenagers, and they don't know anything about the world, right? Well, I think Leelah taught us all a very valuable lesson: Life is very precious, and it needs to mean something.

Not One More

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brynn Tannehill

The state is unwilling to define reparative therapy and denial of medical care to transgender youths as abuse. We cannot change what religious leaders are preaching, nor do our voices carry enough weight to effectively gainsay their religious messaging. A radical new direction is needed. Therefore, I propose an emancipation project.

What If My Child Weren't Transgender?

Mary J. Moss | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

Social Media: A Lifeline for Many Transgender Youth

Skylar Kergil | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Skylar Kergil

When asked what I did on YouTube, I used to say that I made videos to help other trans youth. However, the truth is that everyone who has reached out to me has helped me. That's what is vital about community; it hasn't been a unilateral mentoring relationship but a let's-help-one-another-and-see-what-we-can-build-together-from-this partnership.

Think Again: Transgender Day of Remembrance Is for Me -- and You

Liz Hanssen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Liz Hanssen

Last year I attended my first Transgender Day of Remembrance. My teenage trans daughter had been out only six months, and no matter how much we loved, accepted, and supported her, there seemed to be so much hatred and pain lying in wait beyond our front door. Throughout the entire vigil I wept openly and profusely. So this year I had not planned to attend TDOR.

Recognizing Transgender Awareness Week

Abbe Land | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Abbe Land

As a suicide-prevention organization, The Trevor Project knows how important it is for young people to feel accepted for who they are and know that someone out there cares about their future. That's why we're standing alongside national organizations, colleges, and communities nationwide to help raise the visibility of trans* people and the unique issues they face.

A Mom's Letter Introducing Her Transgender Daughter

Liz Hanssen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

No Masks Allowed: Dating When Your Teen Is Transgender

Mary J. Moss | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mary J. Moss

Should I wait until I am in a serious relationship and absolutely sure the guy is right for me and will be supportive of my son? If I do wait and find that I have developed feelings for this man only to discover that he won't be supportive of my son, then I must end the relationship. So since I won't know how supportive he'll be until I take off my mask and test the waters, that's what I do.

LGBT Youth Homelessness Is Not an Us/Them Issue

Jama Shelton | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jama Shelton

I'm frustrated that 8 years after the National LGBTQ Task Force released their report calling LGBT youth homelessness an epidemic, we are still having the same conversations.

Puberty Suppression for Transgender Adolescents Works

Jack Drescher | Posted 11.16.2014 | Science
Jack Drescher

Puberty suppression for gender-dysphoric adolescents has only been around since the late 1990s. The Center of Expertise on Gender Dysphoria at Amsterdam's VU University pioneered this approach, and their recent online publication of a longitudinal study in the journal Pediatrics offers insights into how some of these kids fare.

Back-to-School Not Welcoming to All LGBTQ-Students in Massachusetts

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

It's back-to-school season for most and stepping back into the scene isn't easy for a lot of students -- especially LGBTQ students.

Transmormon Sheds Light on Trans Members of the LDS Church

Randall Frederick | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Randall Frederick

The Haywards were conservative Mormons who were not sure how to respond to their child when she came to them, confused that she felt like two people -- the boy she saw in the mirror and the girl she knew herself to be.