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What It's Like To Date As A Transgender Teen

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 02.01.2016 | OWN

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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 02.02.2016 | 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 02.02.2016 | 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 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.

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

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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.

A New Priority: Looking Ahead to College with My Transgender Daughter

Wayne Maines | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Wayne Maines

Not long ago, one quote jumped out at me, "I just wish the administration would at least acknowledge our existence." That student's statement reminded me that transgender students are still "separate but equal" at universities across the nation.

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.

Why 16-Year-Old Transgender Teen Jane Doe Might Have Run

Chase Strangio | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Chase Strangio

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, Jane Doe escaped. She was patient. She waited for months and even years for the world to do right by her. She waited for her chance to be loved, supported and to survive. How much can a 16-year-old who has lived a life of abuse and trauma be expected to endure?

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.

Transgender Girl Crowned School's Homecoming Princess

AP | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A transgender girl was crowned homecoming princess at a Colorado Springs high school. The Gazette of Colorado Spring...