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Jazz Jennings Gets Personal About Trans Bathroom Debate

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.01.2016 | Queer Voices

In tonight’s season finale of “I AM JAZZ,” transgender teen Jazz Jennings chats with a transgender woman living in North Carolina who is dealing...

Largest Ever Study Of Transgender Teenagers Set To Kick Off

Nature | James Nichols | Posted 04.10.2016 | Queer Voices

For transgender children who think their bodies are the wrong sex, puberty can be terrifying. To alleviate this psychological trauma, physicians are i...

From A to T: Advice for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Youth, Adolescents, Families and Allies Words, Words, Words Part 2: Agender

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 04.05.2016 | Queer Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

They might never quite appreciate what 'agender' means to you, which is perfectly ok. Sometimes the best approach is to help them get to a place where they respect your identity, regardless of whether they fully comprehend it.

Explaining Genderqueer to Those Who Are Not

Micah | Posted 02.29.2016 | Queer Voices

If someone has chosen to come out to you as genderqueer, it doesn't mean they have figured everything out. For a lot of people who identify as genderqueer, their gender identity and the way they express it continues to evolve for a number of years.

From A to T: Advice for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Youth, Adolescents, Families, and Allies Words, Words, Words Part 1: Transgender and Genderqueer

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 02.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Maybe what those of us who identify as genderqueer are demonstrating to the world is that gender is far more broad and nuanced than we otherwise might believe, and that the traditional understandings we have internalized are breaking down.

The Moment A Mom Realized Her Trans Daughter Wasn't 'Going Through A Phase'

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 02.16.2016 | OWN

When Jazz Jennings came out as transgender at age 5, she became one of the youngest people on record to ever do so. She had no frame of reference, no ...

What It's Like To Date As A Transgender Teen

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 02.01.2016 | OWN

At 14, Jazz Jennings is at the age where one particular social topic tends to dominate all the others: dating. As many of her peers begin to go out on...

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?

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.

A Tremendous Problem Facing The Trans Community

Caitlyn Jenner | Posted 07.27.2016 | Queer Voices
Caitlyn Jenner

My brother died in a car crash when he was 18 and my family never really recovered from it. I can't begin to imagine the Prescott family's pain. We live in a world that makes it very, very difficult to be trans.

How Transgender Teen Star Jazz Jennings Really Feels About Fame

OWN | Posted 07.20.2015 | OWN

If you haven't heard of Jazz Jennings yet, you will soon. The 14-year-old has already been described as a pioneer, a trailblazer, a role model and a r...

Goodbye Duggars; Hello -- I Am Jazz

Mary J. Moss | Posted 07.05.2016 | Queer Voices
Mary J. Moss

I believe in Karma. I believe if you do good then good will come to you. I surround myself and my son with as much positive energy as I can and avoid ...

What Are the Sounds of Transphobic Dinosaurs Dying?

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 06.14.2016 | 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.

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.

A Letter to Myself As a Trans Teenager

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

These next few years, as hard as they might be for you, will pass quickly. I know you want to end it all right now; I know you feel like it's the only thing that will stop the pain. But you have NO idea how wonderful the future is going to be!

Transgender Teen Who Was Crowned Homecoming King Dies

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A transgender activist who made headlines last year when he was crowned homecoming king at his Charlotte, North Carolina, high school has died. Lo...

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

Diana Scholl | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Diana Scholl


The Realities Of Being A Transgender Teen

This article was written by teen reporters from The Mash, a weekly publication distributed to Chicagoland high schools. By Laura Bartusiask, Woodla...

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

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

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

Fixing Society in the Wake of Leelah Alcorn's Death Will Take Empathy and Understanding From Loved Ones

The OpEd Project | Posted 03.18.2015 | Teen
The OpEd Project

When kids come home from school feeling unwanted, they should be able to come home feeling accepted for who they are. This tragedy should not have happened, but because it has, parents should be more aware of their kids' feelings.

24 Powerful Reactions To Leelah Alcorn's Death

Camryn Garrett | Posted 03.09.2015 | Teen
Camryn Garrett

Leelah pleaded with readers of the note to take action after her death. "The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren't treated the way I was, they're treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights."

Dear Fellow Parents of LGBTQ Youth

Beth Leyba | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Beth Leyba

Like so many, I was devastated to hear the news of Leelah Alcorn's death. As a parent of a trans teenager, I was heartbroken that Leelah never knew what it was to fully and fearlessly be herself and to be loved and accepted for who she was.

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.