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Transgender Youth

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 Lunacy or Just Media Lunacy?

Barbra Siperstein | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Barbra Siperstein

Caitlyn is an avowed Republican and what does bother me is her silence on statements by the GOP presidential candidates as well as statements and actions by local and state leaders that denigrate and stigmatize transgender people in America.

The 'T' in LGBT Family Planning

Mac Scotty McGregor | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mac Scotty McGregor

Family-building has been one important life issue that has been left out of the transgender conversation. Why is that?

The Desistance Narrative Is Junk Science

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brynn Tannehill

People should start listening to the transgender community when we say something is going horribly, horribly wrong inside medical institutions with power over us. It's time for the 80 percent desistance figure to be relegated to the same junk science bin as the utterly discredited link between vaccines and autism.

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.

The Mother Of A Trans Teen Shares Her Christmas Wish: Unconditional Love

Mary J. Moss | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mary J. Moss

I've learned through this journey with my son that our children are not an extension of us and are instead their own individual people and should be respected for that. Who am I to tell my son what his gender is?

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.

From Homelessness to Activism: How One Trans Woman Is Standing in Her Truth

Daniella Carter | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Daniella Carter

It wasn't easy surviving on the streets, while at the same time, going to school everyday. At age 14, for me and for many LGBTQ youth, getting ready for school the night before looked very different than it does for the average youth.

Our Child Is a Girl

An Anonymous Mom | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

This New Series Is Allowing Trans Youth To Define Beauty On Their Own Terms

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Get More: Beautiful As I Want To Be, Logo TV A new digital series from LOGO is elevating the stories of trans and gender-nonconforming youth a...

Good News For Trans Youth On The Cusp Of Puberty

Reuters | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

(Reuters Health) - Puberty can be one of the worst times in a transgender or gender-nonconforming child's life, but for these children, access to drug...

Agents of Change: 5 Powerful Women Who Are Making a Positive Difference

Greg Archer | Posted 10.31.2015 | Women
Greg Archer

They walk among us--those agents of change. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they are. Take note of five noteworthy women who are making a positive difference.

Sharing the Stories of LGBTQ Youth: Matt, 15, Ossining, N.Y.

Diana Scholl | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Diana Scholl

"I feel like the sooner I can go on hormones, the better. I've been known at Matt since 8th grade, and have been using masculine pronouns since the beginning of 9th grade. But there are certain people who might not fully accept me until I am transitioning."

A Trans History

Mandi Camille Hauwert | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

How to Spot Anti-Trans Concern Trolls

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 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.

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

New Harbinger | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 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.

On the Urgent Importance of Loving Trans People

Janson Wu | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.