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Transgender Children

My Son, Draculaura

Jill Topol | Posted 11.21.2014 | Parents
Jill Topol

Is my son straight, gay, bi, trans or a metrosexual in the making? I have no clue, but I do know whatever God (or whatever higher power) has intended him to be, he is incredible.

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.

Woman's Day Magazine Features Groundbreaking Article About Transgender Family

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 10.30.2014 | Gay Voices

Woman's Day broke ground recently with an article featuring a Christian mother and her transgender son. The story, titled "The Son God Gave Me," w...

How Conservative Media Make It Harder For Schools To Protect Trans Youth

Carlos Maza | Posted 10.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Carlos Maza

The conservative media's meltdown over a Nebraska school district's effort to train teachers about gender diversity demonstrates how conservative misinformation threatens even basic efforts to protect transgender and gender non-conforming students.

Anti-Trans Opposition To MSHSL Proposal: A Mother's View

Leslie Lagerstrom | Posted 10.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Leslie Lagerstrom

I should have known before I pulled into the parking lot of the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) that what was innocuously being billed as a...

Fox News Outraged Over... Purple Penguins?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.09.2014 | Gay Voices

Brace yourself: Someone at Fox News is speaking out against a move aimed at creating positive changes in regards to gender in the classroom. What's...

8 Things Parents of Trans Kids Want You to Know

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 11.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

After writing a blog debunking myths and misperceptions about transgender children, I was inundated with messages from parents of transgender children thanking me for it. I spoke with eight parents in detail, looking for what patterns emerged from their narratives. What I found was both amazing and heartbreaking, all at the same time.

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.

Camp Aranu'tiq: A Safe Haven for Transgender Kids

Mary J. Moss | Posted 10.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Mary J. Moss

I met several wonderful parents and one thing we all had in common were the huge smiles on our faces. Our kids would be happy for one beautiful week. Our kids would be accepted and called by their correct pronoun. Our kids wouldn't be bullied or harassed for being who they are. Our kids would be safe.

Transgender Children Today: Shifting the Responsibility for Change Away From Children and Onto Society

Aidan Key | Posted 09.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Aidan Key

How do we change society? We start by listening to the truths of these children and believing, rather than dismissing, them. If we can start by believing the child's clearly stated truth, we are well on our way.

What My Son Taught Me About Gender Identity

Julie Tarney | Posted 09.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

Then it dawned on me. The handsome, bearded young man sitting next to me at the restaurant didn't just idolize female characters, he related to them. He identified with them.

WATCH: Mother Schools Haters Who Don't Understand Her Trans Daughter

The Huffington Post | Noah Michelson | Posted 07.15.2014 | Gay Voices

"My daughter is six years old. She transitioned, which means she changed her outward appearance from male to female and started living full time as he...

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.

The Day I Took a Knife to School, and How It Changed Me

Mary J. Moss | Posted 09.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Mary J. Moss

"I might as well be invisible," I thought. I was sitting in my wheelchair in the locker room while the other kids played a sport in gym class. I could hear them and wondered how long it would take for anyone to find me. I felt so alone. I thought I was a burden to my family, and I felt hopeless.

R. Kelly Speaks Out About Transgender Son

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 06.25.2014 | Gay Voices

R. Kelly spoke out for the first time about his transgender son, saying that when it comes to having kids it's about offering support. When the si...

Drawing Boobs Drew Trouble for My 5-Year-Old Son

Julie Tarney | Posted 08.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

A few months earlier, in the summer of 1992, Harry had told me, "Inside my head I'm a girl." So I knew biological differences between boys and girls didn't make that much sense to him. It was what was in his head that mattered.

Dispelling Myths, Misconceptions and Lies About Gender-Nonconforming Children

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 08.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Recently, a video about a transgender child in California went viral. Sadly, like every other conversation about transgender children, the comments section was often unkind. Scanning the comments, I saw the same poorly thought-out ideas keep popping up. I think it's time to put these misconceptions to bed.

Grieving a Child Who Is Still Alive

Mary J. Moss | Posted 08.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Mary J. Moss

My daughter Grace passed away in September 2010. There wasn't an obituary. There wasn't a funeral. There wasn't a casket or even a body to put in it. No one sent me sympathy cards. No one brought me casseroles. This wasn't because no one cared yet. It was because my child was still alive.

WATCH: Incredible Story Of Transgender Son Will Have You Ugly Crying... And Then Cheering

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 06.01.2014 | Gay Voices

Two of the greatest things a parent can give a child in this life are unconditional love and acceptance, and the Whittingtons have done just that. ...

The Power of Language

Leslie Lagerstrom | Posted 07.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Leslie Lagerstrom

Heading off to debate camp, it did not really occur to me to worry about my safety as a transgender teenager staying in the dorms of a New England University for five weeks. But on the second day, my roommate said the unthinkable.

2014 Transgender Violence Statistics Sobering Thus Far

A.J. Walkley | Posted 07.12.2014 | Gay Voices
A.J. Walkley

As the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia approaches on May 17, it has been reported that in the first four months of 2014, 102 acts of violence against transgender people have been logged.

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.

The Shopping Trip

Leslie Lagerstrom | Posted 06.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Leslie Lagerstrom

Toothpaste. Shampoo. Cat litter. Storage containers. Paper towels. Laundry detergent. The most basic of items, but in reality, five of these were decoys. But it wasn't what I was buying that made this shopping trip seem so surreal. It was the why.

Knock on Wood

Leslie Lagerstrom | Posted 05.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Leslie Lagerstrom

I adopted that familiar incantation from my youth, using it on a daily basis as an insurance policy for the worries and fears I had for Sam that were accidentally spoken out loud.

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.