Britain needs to stop freaking out about transgender kids

Britain needs to stop freaking out about transgender kids

(The TelegraphThere seems to be a bit of generational divide about transgender issues.

Many people in their twenties (my age) will be completely unsurprised by the BBC’s report into the Tavistock Centre – the country’s only NHS facility for transgender children. They will be unfazed by the fact that it had 1,419 referrals last year, more than ten times the figure in 2010. They will regard this as just an ordinary feature of the world we now live in. Trans people exist; get used to it. (more…)

Voices: Transgender people just want to use bathroom

Voices: Transgender people just want to use bathroom

(USA Today) I have worked with hundreds of adults who have been traumatized by sexual abuse as children. I spent several years working at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines as part of a team treating sexual perpetrators of children.

I also have also spent more than 20 years working with gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender clients. I have helped many transgender clients through the process of transitioning to the gender expression that feels like home to them, even though their outward biological expression was of the other gender. (more…)

6 Reasons This 16-Year-Old Trans Girl Gives Us Hope

6 Reasons This 16-Year-Old Trans Girl Gives Us Hope

(Advocate) For Gabrielle Diana Gladu, 16 is particularly sweet. Two years after a suicide attempt, she is thriving — a transgender teen who beat the odds.

Tall, blond, sharp-witted, and stylish, she lives in Ottawa, Canada, with her predominantly Catholic family, who immigrated a generation ago from Poland and France. Her family is not fabulously wealthy, but they work hard and organize their resources well to support her.

But Gladu is all too aware that increasing transgender visibility and fresh legal protections seem to go hand-in-hand with continuing discrimination in almost every sphere of trans people’s lives — be it travel, education, health care, or employment. (more…)

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