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Transgender Youth

'The Powerpuff Girls': Not Doing Trans People Any Favors

Delia Melody | Posted 05.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Delia Melody

Trying to tackle "trans issues," as though that were somehow a simple topic, with a token character in a one-off episode generally ends up being problematic at best and outright harmful at worst, and this episode was no exception.

The Writing's on the (Bathroom) Wall: State Anti-Transgender Laws Are About to Get Flushed

Paul Bland | Posted 04.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Paul Bland

A rural Virginia school board's discriminatory policy is headed down the toilet, exactly where it belongs. And soon to follow should be the North Carolina law, the South Carolina bill, and other states' proposed legislation putting public bathroom access at the center of the nation's culture wars.

The Power of Trans* Presence

Liz Hanssen | Posted 04.06.2016 | Queer Voices
Liz Hanssen

I feel fortunate to have caught a glimpse of what the world looks like when people who have been traditionally marginalized represent themselves en masse, inserting their presence into historically restricted public spaces.

'EKAJ': More Than a Movie

Peter C. Frank | Posted 04.05.2016 | Queer Voices
Peter C. Frank

The decision by director Cati Gonzalez to use "real people" who parallel the lives of the film's characters offers an unvarnished glimpse into the graphic reality of a subject often talked about only in generalized terms.

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.

'Concerned' Mom's 'Rap Attack' Against Transgender Youth Is A Sin Against All Good Taste

Alvin McEwen | Posted 03.26.2016 | Queer Voices
Alvin McEwen

With all due respect, some people's talent endeavors need not be encouraged, particularly when they use them to attack our transgender children.

An NYU Transgender Musician's Journey to Self-love

Summer Luk | Posted 03.28.2016 | Queer Voices
Summer Luk

Dealing with any change is difficult, but for me, moving across country and identifying with my correct gender, turned whole life turned around.

Johns Hopkins Professor Endangers the Lives of Transgender Youth

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 03.20.2016 | Queer Voices
Brynn Tannehill

This isn't just about academic freedom. It's about the reputation of the institution. It's about the moral obligation to do no harm. And if all of those things are meaningless to Johns Hopkins administration, it's also about liability.

Safe, Warm, Supported and Homeless: Sheltering LGBTQ Youth Who Need Our Help

Dan Spinello | Posted 03.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dan Spinello

I choose to devote my time to TPS because one person can make a huge difference here. Sometimes that means bringing dinner for the group, sometimes it means helping to paint a wall, or tutoring, or making a donation, or bringing in winter clothes, or toiletries, sometimes it's a food drive and sometimes it's a holiday meal.

The First Step In The Eradication Of Trans People From American Life Is Here

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.18.2016 | Queer Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Imagine a world where you will never be treated as your correct gender by any government agency. What ID you have will constantly out you as transgender, inviting discrimination -- perfectly legal discrimination, if part two of Family Research Council's plan succeeds.

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.

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 an...

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.