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News Archives 2011

TYFA News Archives
This is a collection of articles of interest to TYFA friends and allies. These items originally appeared on the website’s home page, and are listed by date, the most recent first. View 2010 Archives

December 11, 2011 – – Led by the child who simply knew: The twin boys were identical in every way but one. Wyatt was a girl to the core, and now lives as one, with the help of a brave, loving family and a path-breaking doctor’s care.  More button

November 17, 2011 – Topeka [KS] Capital-Journal – USD 501 [School] Board adds sexual orientation, gender identity to anti-discrimination policy: Topeka Unified School District 501 board of education members Thursday night voted 6-1 to include sexual orientation and gender expression in the district’s anti-discrimination policies regarding students and staff. More button

October 28, 2011 – GIRLYBOYMAMA – A Summer of Pronouns: “This past summer, we enrolled Alex in a local parks and rec summer day camp program. As a girl. While this may seem for many to be either follow a natural course or even maybe not be a very big deal, it represented a big leap for her and for our family.”   More button

October 27, 2011 – OWN to Premiere BEING CHAZ & I AM JAZZ Documentary Specials, 11/27:
In the documentary special “I AM JAZZ: A Family in Transition,” 11-year-old Jazz and her family face a life-altering decision as the ebullient tween approaches puberty.   More button

September 26, 2011 – New Standards of Care for the Health of Trans People: TYFA Board Member Kelley Winters reports that, overall, this newest SOC represents significant forward progress in respecting trans people and affirming the necessity of medical transitioncare for trans and transsexual individuals who need it..   More button

September 18, 2011 – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) last week announced that it has approved an important policy that clarifies opportunities for transgender student athletes to participate on college athletic teams in accordance with their gender identity..   More button

September 15, 2011 – The Social Security Administration is no longer sending “No-Match” letters to employers when the gender information submitted doesn’t match what they have on file.  That means that trans teens and others will no longer be routinely “outed” to their employers.   More button

July 26, 2011: – Conference offers lifeline for gender variant children, families : ”The two eight-year-old girls said that meeting each other was like a dream come true.”  “They met at the Gender Spectrum Family Conference, now in its fifth year of supporting families that have gender variant, gender non-conforming, and transgender children.”  Join TYFA, other parents and care-givers this weekend, July 29 – August 1, in Berkeley, California.  More button

June 22, 2011: The Mother Company – Raising A Boy In Pink: ”I’d wanted to think that this was just a phase for Sam, but I was beginning to understand that it was not. My son wanted to wear a dress—for real, not for dress-up. He wanted to show his school friends his true self. The pink-sundress-wearing self.”  Mother and child learn from each other in this touching story, part 1 in a 2-part series penned by Sam’s mom.  Sam did wear his pink sundress to school.  The result was almost totally positive.  More button

June 10, 2011: The New York Times – Boys Will Be Boys? Not in These Families: ”At first, Harry’s father had a hard time watching his son twirl around in princess wear. But his gift of the Barbie symbolized acceptance; Harry’s joyous gasp indicated that the little boy intuitively understood.”
In this sensitively written article, the reporter examines the growing awareness among parents that gender non-conformity is not something to be feared.   More button

May 31, 2011: CNN – Nepal census recognizes ‘third gender’:  In what is believed to be a world first, Nepal’s Central Bureau of Statistics is giving official recognition to gay and transgender people.   More button

April 22, 2011: – Questions for Isaac, Who Happens to Be Transgender: An interview with a trans-boy and his mother, a TYFA family, demonstrating, among other things, that life can be pretty good for a trans-youth who participates in his own anti-bullying defense.  More button

March 31, 2011: ‘Degrassi’ wins prestigious Peabody Award for episodes about transgendered teen – The show, which airs on MuchMusic in Canada and TeenNick in the United States, won for “Degrassi: My Body Is a Cage,” a two-parter about a transgender teen which Peabody jurors said “neither trivializes nor overdramatizes its subject.”.  More button
View the episodes online

March 28, 2011: ACLU finds schools that are blocking GLBT content while allowing access to anti-gay websites, such as pray-away-the-gay “reparative therapy” sites, on the very same school computers.  More button

February 15, 2011 – School Drops Queen, King for Gender Neutral Homecoming Titles:   Last year Muskegon High School (MI) made headlines when they threw out the results of a student election for Homecoming King because the winner was transgender. This year the titles will change.   More button

January 31, 2011 – New Scientist: Transsexual differences caught on brain scan.  Differences in the brain’s white matter that clash with a person’s genetic sex may hold the key to identifying transsexual people before puberty. Doctors could use this information to make a case for delaying puberty to improve the success of a sex change later.   More button

January 28, 2011 – Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund: State Department Issues Amended Policy Guidelines on Passport Sex Marker Changes.  Among the changes; a doctor’s qualifications to write the certification letter have been relaxed .   More button

January 25, 2011 – The Chicago Tribune: Meeting the challenge of a transgender child.
In “Be Who You Are,” a children’s book starring a gender non-conforming child, Chicago writer Jennifer Carr tells the story of her family’s support for her son when he announced he feels like a girl inside.   More button

January 13, 2011 – The R. Scott Hitt Foundation announces the 2011 R. Scott Hitt Foundation Grants for Internships.
The R. Scott Hitt Foundation is offering funding for qualified candidates with the vision to be future leaders in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement. Applicants do not need to identify as LGBT in order to apply.  More button

January 10, 2011 – Huffington Post - Should we introduce children to the concept of transgender people?  The answer is yes according to an article published in the December 2010 issue of the peer-reviewed Graduate Journal of Social ScienceMore button

January 7, 2011 – Q Salt Lake - Center hosts playgroup for gender-variant kids :   Life is often hard on children who don’t fit neatly into the category of ‘boy’ or ‘girl,’ especially when it comes to making friends. But thanks to a group at the Utah Pride Center, this aspect of growing up gender variant may be a little less difficult.    More button

January 5, 2011 – The Advocate - Passport Forms Go Gender Neutral :   Starting this week, citizenship forms for children of American parents born outside of the U.S. and passport applications will now feature gender neutral areas making it easier for gay and lesbian parents to obtain passports for their children.    More button