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|TYFA empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities, to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected. We envision a society free of suicide and violence in which ALL children are respected and celebrated.
|April 22, 2013 - TYFA President Shannon Garcia announces a major research study of families with transgender children: "...there is a void of research on trans youth. We have an opportunity to tap into information that we really want researchers to know about. We here at TYFA have teamed up with Seth Pardo and Colt Meier who have worked with our very own Dr. Jo Olson to create the anonymous online questionnaire for our parents to complete. High School Seniors who live life fearlessly, follow their dreams and exude our core motto and name, with scholarships."
|October 17, 2012 - youtube.com - Ellen DeGeneres helped me survive high school & become a strong woman : Ali, a teen from Arkansas shows us what it is like to grow up in small town America. She is a role model to LGBT youth. Ali talks about realizing her gender identity, being bullied, & how her role model inspires her. We want to tell her story in a scripted film called FRIEND. FRIEND is about overcoming bullying in 2012. Please take a look at the project indiegogo.com/friendproject.
|September 27, 2012 - Transguys.com - Testosterone and the Trans Male Singing Voice: One of the most desired effects of testosterone by transgender men is a deepening of the voice. However, there’s an uncertainty to voice changes: testosterone doesn’t always drop the pitch low enough, and the changed voice can be persistently hoarse and weak. This can cause both personal and professional difficulties, but for singers, testosterone’s effects on the voice is a terrifying prospect.
|May 18, 2011 - marieclaire.com - I Was Born a Boy: Janet Mock, now a successful writer with a nationally read magazine, describes her successful journey through childhood and adolescence. Her inspiring story is an example of how smoothly things can go. (Read her story)
|TV interview of German transgirl Kim Petras speaking about her past as a boy.
||My Secret Self - the groundbreaking 2007 20/20 special with Barbara Walters
||Sex, Lies and Gender, a 60-minute documentary on trans-kids and adults
||From the U.K., the story of a female-to-male transsexual
September 10, 2010 - We are beginning to collect submissions for a new area within the Youth Resources facility. This area will contain writings, drawings, and other forms of self-expression from our young people.
Please forward your contributions to Shannon Garcia.
|Ian Benson Project
The Amethyst Ribbon Campaign was established as part of the Ian Benson Project. Ian was a 16-year old affirmed male who took his own life in October 2007. Ian’s mother, TYFA’s secretary/treasurer, hopes to help other children and families avoid the pain and struggles that can lead to suicide among trans youth.
Donations to TYFA are tax-deductible (Federal Tax I.D. 20-8050977)
.Please make checks payable to:
TransYouth Family Allies or TYFA
Attn: Program Manager
PO Box 1471
Holland, MI 49422-1471
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