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Transgender Youth

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.

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.

LGBT Youth Homelessness Is Not an Us/Them Issue

Jama Shelton | Posted 10.16.2014 | 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.

The Next Civil Rights Frontier: How the Transgender Movement Is Taking Over

Nico Machlitt | Posted 10.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Nico Machlitt

The transgender movement is taking force, with more media visibility of transgender people and for the transgender movement. Katie Couric had Laverne Cox back on her show to apologize for the first interview and talk about the real issues that transgender people face.

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...

He, Zie or They: Gender-Specific Pronouns Are Personal

Julie Tarney | Posted 10.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

I admire my son's outlook. He views himself as an individual first, as we all are, and he's chosen how he wants to be identified, as we should all have the freedom to do.

Why This Is One Of The Worst Nations In The World For Transgender People

Reuters | Posted 11.25.2014 | Gay Voices

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Malaysia is among the worst countries in the world to be a transgender person, Human Rights Watch said in a report...

'OITNB' Star To Host Groundbreaking MTV Documentary

AP | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Laverne Cox will host a documentary on MTV and Logo next month that profiles seven young transgender people. The special, "Laverne ...

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.

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.

My Queer Son Is My Own Personal 'Fashion Police'

Julie Tarney | Posted 11.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

Harry graduated from college two years ago. He's a photographer, a fixture in the Brooklyn drag scene, and my personal stylist. At least that's how I see it.

Why I Wrote A Book About A Transgender Child

Jessica Herthel | Posted 11.05.2014 | Parents
Jessica Herthel

My husband and I looked at each other and breathed sighs of relief. They got it. Or at least, they got enough of it. I had told them that Jazz was a girl born with a boy body and yet never once did it occur to my girls to refer to Jazz as "he" or "him."

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.

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.

Acting Director Kris Hayashi of the Transgender Law Center Discusses Trans Equality in 2014 and the Future

Toni Newman | Posted 10.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

My discussion with Kris is centered around trans equality now and the future. We discuss the inequality still facing trans people, especially trans women of color, and how we as a community move forward to progress to full equality and being treated fairly without bias and discrimination.

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.

Jailed Transgender Teen Moved To Psych Center

AP | Posted 07.14.2014 | Gay Voices

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A transgender girl detained without criminal charges for two months at an adult women's prison in Connecticut has been moved ...

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.

Every Child

Rita Soronen | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Rita Soronen

Every child deserves a home. Yet the child welfare system does not have a sound record of developing best practices for serving children and youth waiting to be adopted who have been identified as "difficult to place."

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.