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Transgender Youth

How to Spot Anti-Trans Concern Trolls

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 08.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

A concern troll is a person who participates in a debate posing as an actual or potential ally who simply has some concerns they need answered before they will ally themselves with a cause. In reality they are a critic, or flat out someone who wishes harm upon the transgender community.

'Family Group' Takes Aim At Jazz Jennings With Despicable Campaign

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.21.2015 | Gay Voices

One Million Moms, the vehemently right-wing group known for getting worked up over everything from Toys 'R' Us to Oreo Cookies to Chobani y...

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.

If Caitlyn Jenner Is So Gorgeous, Why Do Transgender Youth Feel So Sad?

New Harbinger | Posted 06.08.2015 | Gay Voices
New Harbinger

Even if Caitlyn is setting an impossible standard for acceptance, she is only one early step toward acceptance for people of all gender expressions. We've come a long way over the last 10 and even five years. In your lifetime we will come even farther. You're an important part of that work.

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.

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 ...

Why Jenner's Interview Makes the Case for Supporting Transgender Youth Now

Nicholas M. Teich | Posted 06.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Nicholas M. Teich

I found myself unexpectedly emotional as I watched Bruce Jenner bravely share such a personal story with the world. I tried to grasp why I felt differently than I had with any other transgender "coming out" story, and my reasons were many. But foremost on my mind, as always, were my camp kids.

Transgender Youth: Education, Awareness and Tolerance is Critical

Ross Ellis | Posted 06.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Ross Ellis

We're living in a different world today. LGBT's have always had a difficult time in school, in society and at times with their families and friends. We've always needed to educate people but now it's more important than ever.

Not One More: Protect and Empower Trans Youth

Michael Cade Hughes | Posted 06.13.2015 | Gay 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.

On the Urgent Importance of Loving Trans People

Janson Wu | Posted 06.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Janson Wu

It's hard to write about these tragedies without falling into sadness or anger, or without inadvertently raising the visibility of the victim's deaths over their lives. It's also hard to write about it without knowing exactly how, as a cis-gendered ally, to make it better. But we don't have the luxury of time.

A Letter to Myself As a Trans Teenager

Michael Cade Hughes | Posted 05.28.2015 | Gay 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!

Jazz Jennings Has A Powerful Message For Other Trans Teens.. And Those Who Bully Them

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 03.24.2015 | Gay Voices

Love yourself. That's all transgender teenager Jazz Jennings hopes for anyone struggling with who they really are. And as she continues to make he...

Lila Shapiro

'Finally Normal': How A New Medical Landscape Is Changing Life For Trans Youth

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 03.18.2015 | Gay Voices

Nell Gaither, who grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, didn’t figure out that she was transgender until she was 40. “It was just not something that yo...

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

Diana Scholl | Posted 05.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl

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Access to Care Is a Way to Save Transgender Youth's Lives Today

Dr. Robert Garofalo | Posted 05.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Dr. Robert Garofalo

There is a larger educational point that needs to be said loud and clear for the benefit of other families and for transgender or gender nonconforming youth. That message is simple: For transgender youth, access to health care services saves lives.

Conservative Mom Explains Why Her Trans Daughter's Gender Identity Goes Beyond Personal Politics

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.23.2015 | Gay Voices

The conservative Christian mother whose impassioned speech about her transgender daughter went viral in July 2014 recalled the experience in a new int...

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...

It's Time to Ban 'Reparative Therapy'

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 03.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

The right is pushing hard on talking points claiming that transgender teens need to be pushed into (religious) "therapy" that no reputable, licensed mental-health professional would provide. Their rationales are riddled with half-truths, logical fallacies, and outright lies. Here are the facts.

Leelah's Legacy Needs Help: A Trans Woman's Call to Arms for the Absolute Right to Exist in Serenity and Safety

Jamie Cooper Holland | Posted 03.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Jamie Cooper Holland

This needs to end now. Those of us with the resources to fight in any way need to continue to stand up to those who are actively working to see more trans people dead, and we need to be absolutely present with those trans people who, at any given moment, may have fewer emotional or material resources than we do.

Why Leelah Alcorn's Suicide Is Indicative Of Greater Issues For Transgender Youth

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 01.11.2015 | Gay Voices

With the transgender community still grappling with news of Leelah Alcorn's apparent suicide, MSNBC's Ronan Farrow took an in-depth look at the challe...

Dear Fellow Parents of LGBTQ Youth

Beth Leyba | Posted 03.08.2015 | Gay 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 03.02.2015 | Gay 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 03.02.2015 | Gay 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.

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.