Transgender Youth


As a child, I was confused and scared there was something wrong with me, and as such I tried hard not to outwardly manifest my inner struggle very often. My parents were not the cause of this repression. I’m sure they would have been confused and scared too had I the courage to tell them. I had figured out at a very young age that society in general was extremely fixed in their definition of the gender-binary and the media kept helping to turn transgender people into a spectacle to be shunned and laughed at. That is what kept me from sharing, society was ready and waiting to label me a freak, so in turn I thought I was one. I know better now. I still wish I had been able to do something about it before, but am happy I am finally doing something about it now.

For those children that also are growing up confused about their gender, or absolutely certain it is not what they were assigned at birth, they need to be allowed to express it however they need to, and given the opportunity to figure out who they are for themselves. It doesn’t matter if you don’t want to believe that transgender children exist. They do, I was one, and imposing one’s opinion/belief of someone else’s gender only makes things worse.

 

Audio

‘Becoming Nicole’ Recounts One Family’s Acceptance Of A Transgender Child – NPR – Oct 19, 2015

Growing Up Transgender in NH – NHPR – Jun 18, 2015 – I am not the Sarah featured in this audio.

 

Articles

The faces of transgender teen America – Mashable – August 31, 2015

Yes, my teenage son is transgender. No, you may not ask about his genitals. – The Washington Post – July 30, 2015

When parenting a trans child, let them teach you – Mashable – July 24, 2015

Support your children, says mom of transgender teen – CBC News – July 24, 2015

Portraits of Transgender Youths in South Florida – AP – July 23, 2015

Elsa’s story: Family learns to let girl live as ‘truegender’ – The Denver Post – July 17, 2015

The only way to respond to my transgender child’s desperate plea was with love – The Globe and Mail – July 16, 2015

The Mother Of A 10-Year-Old Transgender Daughter Sounds Off On The Significance Of Her Child’s Journey – Huffington Post – April 7, 2015

 

Video

Your child is transgender, and it’s going to be okay – Sep 14, 2015

THE FACTS (about transgender kids) – Sep 1, 2015

Hands Off Our Children Show – Transgender Bullying (Hr 1 / Hr 2 / Hr 3) – Aug 5, 2015

 

Organizations

TransYouth Family Allies

Trans Youth Equality Foundation

Camp Aranu’tiq