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Transgender Youth

Our Child Is a Girl

An Anonymous Mom | Posted 11.12.2015 | Gay 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 11.04.2015 | Gay 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 11.02.2015 | Gay 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 10.07.2015 | Gay 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 09.26.2015 | Gay 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 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 | 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


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.