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Transgender Youth

'OITNB' Star To Host Groundbreaking MTV Documentary

AP | Posted 09.18.2014 | 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 09.16.2014 | 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 09.09.2014 | 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 09.08.2014 | 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 09.05.2014 | 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 09.05.2014 | 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 08.13.2014 | 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 08.12.2014 | 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 08.06.2014 | 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.

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."

My Recent Trip to Russia

Wayne Maines | Posted 08.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Wayne Maines

The more I researched the status of LGBT rights in Russia, the more I came to the conclusion that I must keep my family history top-secret. I could not discuss transgender children or transgender rights without real risks. It seemed surreal to think that I might create a "situation" abroad.

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.

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.

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...

Great News For Austria's Transgender Community

AP | Posted 05.15.2014 | Gay Voices

VIENNA (AP) — Austria's education minister has instructed schools to re-issue grade transcripts to transgender persons who have requested that they ...

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.

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...

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.

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...