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Transgender Children

Everyone Deserves a Seat at the Table

Mary J. Moss | Posted 11.25.2015 | Gay 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 11.22.2015 | Gay 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 11.21.2015 | Gay Voices

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 11.12.2015 | Gay 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 11.06.2015 | Gay 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 09.30.2015 | Gay 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 09.26.2015 | Gay 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 08.31.2015 | Gay 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 08.13.2015 | Gay 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 06.15.2015 | Gay 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 06.08.2015 | Gay 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 05.22.2015 | Gay 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 05.21.2015 | Gay 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 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.

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 ...

This Isn't the Same Thing as Pretending Your Child Is a Dog

Melissa McLaren | Posted 06.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Melissa McLaren

There's been a lot of media coverage this week on transgender children and while I know better than to read the comments, I sometimes can't help myself. I was really happy to see a lot of supportive comments but I saw several versions of the same few questions and these are my thoughts.

Fox News Pundit Compares Being Transgender To Thinking You're A Cocker Spaniel

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.23.2015 | Gay Voices

Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce slammed a Maine school's controversial use of a book about a transgender girl as "social engineering" on the part of ...

A Night of a Thousand Genders

Lori Sokol | Posted 06.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Lori Sokol

'Why do we need to be told which toys are appropriate for girls and boys?' and 'Why are toys even categorized according a child's gender?' But, there was still a more crucial question that even I, a life-long feminist, did not think to ask: "Are there really only two genders?"

What It Means To Our 10-Year-Old To Be Transgender

Posted 04.07.2015 | Gay Voices

By Lisa Keating | The Next Family Six months ago, our 10-year-old began to identify as transgender. This after spending years trying to explain it ...

What Gay Dads Can Learn From Their Trans Kids

Jason Howe | Posted 05.12.2015 | Parents
Jason Howe

While "getting it" may come easier to gay fathers of children who don't conform to traditional standards of gender, they can face challenges that heterosexual parents may not.