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Transgender Kids

The Best Birthday Present

Melissa McLaren | Posted 07.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Melissa McLaren

For my daughter, growing up is a two-edged sword. She's getting older with all the privileges that bestows, but each day brings her another step closer to puberty, and the next steps necessary to keep her from developing as a boy.

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.

Transgender Kids Take Center Stage In Stunning, Empowering Photo Series

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 06.03.2015 | 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...

Catching My Breath -- Teaching My Transgender Son to Drive

Mary J. Moss | Posted 05.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Mary J. Moss

As I look back on my life full of obstacles, I vividly remember the moments of overcoming them instead of the strife they caused. I hope as my son grows he will feel the same. The moment of pride and joy received when achieving a goal especially when others doubted your success can never be duplicated.

WATCH: Parents Show Incredible Support For Transgender 9-Year-Old Son

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 02.18.2015 | Gay Voices

This just made our day. In this heartwarming and important video, Renée Fabish shares the story about her son's journey to live openly and honestl...

Parental Acceptance Is 'The Primary Mediator' For Good Or Bad Outcomes For Trans Kids

Reuters | Posted 04.05.2015 | Gay Voices

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Transgender youngsters identify as much with their genders as do non-transgender children, a n...

Apology Letter to Leelah Alcorn

Mary J. Moss | Posted 03.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Mary J. Moss

Leelah please hear this: Your death has meant something and because of you brave beautiful Leelah society is being fixed. There has been an overwhelming amount of support for you. Society has listened dear Leelah and you have NOT gone unnoticed.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

School Districts Sued For Violating Transgender Student's Civil Rights

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 12.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Four Michigan school districts are being sued for allegedly discriminating against a transgender student, violating his civil rights and causing him p...

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.

Minnesota Governor Unloads On 'Hate Mongering' Against Transgender Students

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics

Gov. Mark Dayton (D) slammed opponents of the Minnesota State High School League's vote this week to allow transgender students to play on girls' spor...

'Mommy, I'm Just Not That Kind Of Girl'

Judy Hall | Posted 01.25.2015 | Parents
Judy Hall

Sammy is her own young woman. She knows who she is. She knows what she wants. She is only 12, and we have lots of decisions to make about hormones, etc. -- but in the end, we need to follow her lead. Like any woman, she will define who she is. And I couldn't be more proud.

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...

A Transgender Student Who Was Reportedly Banned From Her School Receives Good News

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.19.2014 | Gay Voices

A transgender student who was reportedly told she would not be allowed back at school because of her new gender identity scored a victory Monday eveni...

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...

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.

The Power of Language

Leslie Lagerstrom | Posted 07.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Leslie Lagerstrom

Heading off to debate camp, it did not really occur to me to worry about my safety as a transgender teenager staying in the dorms of a New England University for five weeks. But on the second day, my roommate said the unthinkable.

2014 Transgender Violence Statistics Sobering Thus Far

A.J. Walkley | Posted 07.12.2014 | Gay Voices
A.J. Walkley

As the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia approaches on May 17, it has been reported that in the first four months of 2014, 102 acts of violence against transgender people have been logged.

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.

The Shopping Trip

Leslie Lagerstrom | Posted 06.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Leslie Lagerstrom

Toothpaste. Shampoo. Cat litter. Storage containers. Paper towels. Laundry detergent. The most basic of items, but in reality, five of these were decoys. But it wasn't what I was buying that made this shopping trip seem so surreal. It was the why.