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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.

Why 16-Year-Old Transgender Teen Jane Doe Might Have Run

Chase Strangio | Posted 11.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Chase Strangio

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, Jane Doe escaped. She was patient. She waited for months and even years for the world to do right by her. She waited for her chance to be loved, supported and to survive. How much can a 16-year-old who has lived a life of abuse and trauma be expected to endure?

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.

Transgender Girl Crowned School's Homecoming Princess

AP | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A transgender girl was crowned homecoming princess at a Colorado Springs high school. The Gazette of Colorado Spring...

Painting Self-Portraits Helped Me Transition Into My Transgender Identity

Casey Hoke | Posted 11.08.2014 | Teen
Casey Hoke

I was in my freshman year of high school when I realized just how painful it was to see myself in the mirror as I was: a 14-year-old girl on the brink of puberty. Speaking as a 17-year-old boy, it makes a lot of sense now -- my appearance struck conflict with my identity.

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.

How To Navigate High School As An Out Transgender Student

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.24.2014 | Gay Voices

Transgender teen Jordan K. recalled the experience of coming out as transgender while still in elementary school in an interview with HuffPost Live. ...

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."

It Has Been Getting Better For Transgender Teens -- But Cultural Concerns Remain

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 05.19.2014 | Gay Voices

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Isaac Barnett took a bold step last year: He told teachers and classmates at his Kansas high school that the student they had k...

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.

Teen's Response To Being Told She Can't Bring Trans Boyfriend To Prom Is Perfect

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 04.16.2014 | Gay Voices

Anais Celini won't let her school's decision to not let her transgender boyfriend attend prom ruin their special night. Yesterday, The Huffington P...

Teen Couple Allegedly Blocked From Attending Prom Because One Is Transgender

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.14.2014 | Gay Voices

A teen couple at a New York high school is crying foul after allegedly being blocked from attending the prom together because one of them is transgend...

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.

WATCH: North Carolina Teen Becomes School And State's First Transgender Homecoming King

Posted 02.11.2014 | Gay Voices

A North Carolina teen made local history after being crowned his state and school's first transgender homecoming king last week. As WCNC is report...

What Happened After His Sister Became His Brother

OWN | Posted 11.06.2013 | OWN

Back in 2007, "Oprah Show" viewers met a teenager named Jake. Jake was born as Julia and lived as a girl for 14 years, but said he always felt he was ...

WATCH: What It's Like To Be A Transgender Teen?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.30.2013 | Gay Voices

In wake of the CW network developing a new show about the life of a transgender teenager, HuffPost Live sat down with several teens who identify as tr...

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.

WATCH: 12-Year-Old Transgender Boy Fights Doctor's Hormone Blocker Denial

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.10.2013 | Gay Voices

A 12-year-old transgender boy is fighting alongside his mother after a British medical practitioner denied his request for hormone blockers that would...

Can You Hear Me Now?

Leslie Lagerstrom | Posted 10.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Leslie Lagerstrom

We didn't just drag our feet. Instead we got fitted for cement shoes that kept us firmly planted in the middle of this state of denial, because quite frankly, we were too scared to admit out loud what we already knew in our hearts to be true.

Huge Breakthrough For California's Transgender Community

Posted 08.14.2013 | Gay Voices

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a groundbreaking bill which will allow transgender youth to use whatever bathroom and participate on whichever ...

Transgender Teen's Alleged Murder Rattles Jamaica's LGBT Community

AP | DAVID McFADDEN | Posted 10.11.2013 | Gay Voices

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Dwayne Jones was relentlessly teased in high school for being effeminate until he dropped out. His father not only kicked him ...

Feds To School District: You Must Protect Transgender Students

Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.25.2013 | Gay Voices

In the settlement of a complaint filed by the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the federal government announced Wednesday that a California school ...

The Dance

Leslie Lagerstrom | Posted 08.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Leslie Lagerstrom

No one batted an eye or let on in any way that they were affected by Sam's transition. And just as I began to breathe a sigh of relief, Sam made a simple request that challenged my internal fortitude more than I could have ever imagined.