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Transgender Children

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?

Why Share Our Story?

Janna Barkin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Janna Barkin

I share my story as a parent of a trans child because my child's life depends on it. There are still many people in America who are ignorant and fearful, of trans people, often simply because they have no direct experience with anyone who is transgender.

The 'T' in LGBT Family Planning

Mac Scotty McGregor | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mac Scotty McGregor

Family-building has been one important life issue that has been left out of the transgender conversation. Why is that?

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.

Transphobia Leads to Suicide -- End of Story

Derrick De Lise | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Derrick De Lise

Compassion needs to be the illuminating force that ends the violence and harassment. No one has the right to accost someone else -- for any reason, and certainly not for being true to themselves.

Everyone Deserves a Seat at the Table

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

After another Transgender Day of Remembrance, and with Thanksgiving on its way, I hope for all of the kids who have come out as transgender that their families can also find a seat at the table for them.

A Mother's Personal Story About Her Trans Child and Public Bathrooms

Janna Barkin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Janna Barkin

Our kid looked like he belonged in the men's room, but it is not okay in our society to take one's daughter into a men's room after a certain age. We were confused and so was our child.

What It Means When I Say 'I've Always Felt Like a Woman'

Quora | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Quora

What do transgender people mean, exactly, when they say "I've always felt like a man/woman?"

Our Child Is a Girl

An Anonymous Mom | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
An Anonymous Mom

Despite the overwhelming evidence that my daughter is a girl, the institution that is charged with educating and enlightening our children was only concerned with her body. The district therefore did not allow her in the girls' locker room.

Until I See Skyler Again...

Marsha Aizumi | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marsha Aizumi

"I had an endless amount of love for my son, but I did not speak up or stand up for him. I did not see his heart, when he came out as transgender. I only focused in on his gender identity. And so I have lost the chance to love and hug my son."

My Update -- and What I Learned From a Transgender 4-Year-Old

Joy Chen | Posted 11.06.2015 | Women
Joy Chen

I want to live in a society which values each human being and which is ruled by love and empathy instead of hatred and cruelty.

When Gender Nonconforming Means Not Fitting In

Julie Tarney | Posted 10.27.2015 | Parents
Julie Tarney

I have long since learned that fitting in for a kid (or adult) doesn't mean being the same as everyone else. It means being accepted for who you are.

Transgender Rights and Public Bathrooms

Paul Heroux | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Paul Heroux

It follows that if gender is part of someone's core identity it is a protected right. If someone identifies as a male, then it is his right to use a male bathroom. If someone identifies as a female, then it is her right to use a female bathroom.

Tom Boy?

Janna Barkin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Janna Barkin

Being transgender is not a "lifestyle choice;" rather, it is just one more beautiful, normal variation of being human. Having the support of family is the number one way to prevent depression and suicide among transgender youth. Every child deserves to be loved and supported unconditionally.

A Trans History

Mandi Camille Hauwert | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mandi Camille Hauwert

You came full circle. From the little boy you welcomed into the world. To the discovery of your long lost daughter after so many years, even if she was no longer little. And you were there, for her rebirth. There to welcome your daughter into the world.

Transgender Women's Lives: A Family Matter

Laurin Mayeno | Posted 09.03.2015 | Parents
Laurin Mayeno

We may or may not have a daughter, sister or other family member who is transgender. But, if we think of trans lives as "somebody else's issue" we are missing the boat.

A Psychiatrist Writing in The New York Times Forgets That First He Should "Do No Harm"

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

I need to highlight the issue that underlies this debate, and has fueled the decades of hostility towards trans women of all ages -- misogyny.

A Primer on Gender Identity and Transgender Children

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dr. Joe Wenke

For transgender people, claiming our authentic gender identity is very challenging. For children, that's especially true. Our voices are silenced very early.

What Are the Sounds of Transphobic Dinosaurs Dying?

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

Ultimately the age of dinosaurs will pass; their fossils will be discovered by future anthropologist-archeologists to be scrutinized, dissected, and viewed as oddities whose ideas will seem curious for their naiveté.

An Open Letter to Christians from the Parents of a Transgender Child

Melissa McLaren | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Melissa McLaren

My daughter is wary because she expects you to say hurtful things. She needs your supportive voice to be louder than the competing voices of judgment and hate. So, please, speak up.

Girl Scouts Have Awesome Response To 'Family' Group That Wants To Ban Trans Scouts

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A "family" group doesn't want transgender girls accepted into the Girl Scouts of the USA, but the Girl Scouts sure don't care. Last week, the Amer...

10 Reasons Why This 7-Year-Old Transgender Activist Will Melt Your Heart

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

By Alex Temblador | The Next Family Avery Jackson is a 7-year-old transgender girl and she is blowing the Internet away with her amazing story of ...

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

Juliet Linley | Posted 02.02.2016 | 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.

Why This Mom Is Calling Miley Cyrus a Hero

Melissa McLaren | Posted 05.11.2015 | Entertainment
Melissa McLaren

Say what you will about Miley Cyrus but the girl has the ability to accumulate press. And, what I've always loved about her, even when her actions made me cringe, is that she didn't seem to care what other people said or thought.

The Childhood Friend Who Gave Janet Mock The Courage To Live Authentically

OWN | Posted 05.05.2015 | OWN

From a young age, Janet Mock always had a sense of who she was meant to be. Though the writer and host of MSNBC's web show "So Popular!" was assigned ...