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Trans Youth

Social Media: A Lifeline for Many Transgender Youth

Skylar Kergil | Posted 12.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Skylar Kergil

When asked what I did on YouTube, I used to say that I made videos to help other trans youth. However, the truth is that everyone who has reached out to me has helped me. That's what is vital about community; it hasn't been a unilateral mentoring relationship but a let's-help-one-another-and-see-what-we-can-build-together-from-this partnership.

Think Again: Transgender Day of Remembrance Is for Me -- and You

Liz Hanssen | Posted 11.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Liz Hanssen

Last year I attended my first Transgender Day of Remembrance. My teenage trans daughter had been out only six months, and no matter how much we loved, accepted, and supported her, there seemed to be so much hatred and pain lying in wait beyond our front door. Throughout the entire vigil I wept openly and profusely. So this year I had not planned to attend TDOR.

Recognizing Transgender Awareness Week

Abbe Land | Posted 11.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Abbe Land

As a suicide-prevention organization, The Trevor Project knows how important it is for young people to feel accepted for who they are and know that someone out there cares about their future. That's why we're standing alongside national organizations, colleges, and communities nationwide to help raise the visibility of trans* people and the unique issues they face.

A Mom's Letter Introducing Her Transgender Daughter

Liz Hanssen | Posted 11.15.2014 | Gay 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 10.28.2014 | Gay 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.

LGBT Youth Homelessness Is Not an Us/Them Issue

Jama Shelton | Posted 12.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Jama Shelton

I'm frustrated that 8 years after the National LGBTQ Task Force released their report calling LGBT youth homelessness an epidemic, we are still having the same conversations.

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.

Back-to-School Not Welcoming to All LGBTQ-Students in Massachusetts

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

It's back-to-school season for most and stepping back into the scene isn't easy for a lot of students -- especially LGBTQ students.

Transmormon Sheds Light on Trans Members of the LDS Church

Randall Frederick | Posted 10.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Randall Frederick

The Haywards were conservative Mormons who were not sure how to respond to their child when she came to them, confused that she felt like two people -- the boy she saw in the mirror and the girl she knew herself to be.

From California to Ohio

Justin McCoy | Posted 09.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Justin McCoy

It's OK to ask for help. It's often a scary thing, especially in today's world where we sometimes get made fun of for needing help. But I should have asked for help a lot sooner, and it does get better.

My Trans Son: Standing Tall

Todd Greenwood | Posted 09.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Todd Greenwood

As a society, we have just begun to talk about what it means to be transgender, and I, like most men of my generation, knew almost nothing. If there is anything that I've learned, it's that the subject is deeply complex. I think I understand something fundamental, but I really don't.

Can There Be Meaningful #JusticeforJane?

Chase Strangio | Posted 08.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Chase Strangio

A 16-year-old transgender girl spent 77 days alone in a Connecticut prison without ever being convicted of, or even charged with, a crime. Known publicly as "Jane Doe" because she is a minor, she sat alone in the York Correctional Institution, a high-security prison in Niantic, Connecticut, for two and a half months.

Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Blake, 17, From Charlotte, North Carolina

Diana Scholl | Posted 08.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl

"Becoming homecoming king is kind of the only normal teenage dream I've had. I was really surprised, though, that I was nominated. I didn't think it was attainable, because I'm trans, but now I feel like I could get it."

10 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self

Rebecca Juro | Posted 07.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Juro

Don't wait another second. You can recover from a lot of things -- a lost job, people in your life who react badly, discrimination, and much more -- but the one thing you can never get back is your youth. Spend it being who you are, not running away from it.

Allies and Angels

Jorge R. Petit, MD | Posted 07.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Jorge R. Petit, MD

In their book Allies and Angels: A Memoir of Our Family's Transition, Terri and Vince Cook lay bare their experience and journey of parenting a transgender child. They show us that resolve and steadfast love are what truly define the parental instinct.

From Homeless to Hopeful: How a Trans Woman of Color Found Her Path (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 05.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-03-06-imfromdriftwoodangelalouissmall.pngAngela's story is a message of how important it is for parents to love and support their children, but also how it's never too late to change your life for the better.

She Never Was a Boy

Karen Adams | Posted 05.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Karen Adams

Quickly my mind raced through the catalog of her interests, behaviors and clothing choices, and I saw how many clues I had missed. I saw my new daughter for the first time, through the actions of my nephew.

Listening to Sahara

Sam Stiegler | Posted 04.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Sam Stiegler

I give the same answer to the countless cisgender teachers, administrators, parents, community members, etc. who have asked me, "How do we support trans students? What can I do to make schools better for them?" My advice always boils down to one message: Listen.

Safe Schools for LGBTQ Youth

J. Patrick Redmond | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
J. Patrick Redmond

LGBTQ youth experience relentless physical and verbal harassment, and now, with online bullying, there is no escape. It is 24/7. If LGBTQ youth aren't safe at home, and they aren't safe in their place of worship, shouldn't they be safe at school?

Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Jazz, 12 (PHOTO)

Diana Scholl | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl

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The 7th Annual International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization

Jack Harrison-Quintana | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Jack Harrison-Quintana

The global trans movement has grown exponentially in the years since the campaign started, and the effort to move away from a pathology framework and toward one based on the affirmation of identity has been central to forging the path to liberation.

Our Stories Still Matter

Jay Brown | Posted 11.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Jay Brown

Our stories can give tomorrow's graduating senior or homecoming queen a sense of not being so alone. They can erase the assumptions that exist in the absence of knowledge. And while they can sometimes be difficult to tell, they can be powerful truths. Exceptionally powerful truths.

A Queen's Courage

Justine Valinotti | Posted 11.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Justine Valinotti

I've been told that I'm "brave" for transitioning from male to female. I usually tell people that I only did what I needed to do when I had no other choice. Even if that qualifies as courage, I have nothing on a young lady from Orange County, Calif.

Into the Toilet

Justine Valinotti | Posted 10.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Justine Valinotti

How do they always end up being about bathrooms? I'm talking about the debates and protests that accompany any attempt to ensure that gender-variant individuals have the same rights as everybody else.

Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Chris, 16, From Lawrenceville, New Jersey (PHOTO)

Diana Scholl | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl

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