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TYFA in the Press




TYFA’s work has been cited and mentioned in many books.

Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon (2012)

Transition and Beyond: Observations on Gender Identity by Reid Vanderburgh (2007)

The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals by Stephanie Brill (2008)

Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women’s Health Book Collective (2011)

Transition: Becoming Who I Was Always Meant to Be by Chaz Bono (2011)

Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Rachel Pepper (2012)

Friendship, Dating, and Relationships by Simone Payment (2010)

Oddly Normal: One Family’s Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality by John Schwartz (2012)

The Greenwood Dictionary of Education by John W. Collins, Nancy Patricia O’Brien (2011)

Transfeminist Perspectives in and beyond Transgender and Gender by Anne Enke (2012)


TYFA’s work has been discussed in the following research papers.

Growing Up Transgender: Research and Theory (2008)

SAGA Youth and Family: Programs for Support and Advocacy (2008)


TYFA works hard to improve media depictions of trans youth.

Miami Herald (August 30, 2010)

 Should a parent seek therapy for a child who crosses the gender divide?

Between The Lines News (May 19, 2011)

Transgender children have specific needs

The Atlantic (November 2008)

A Boy’s Life

NPR (October 21, 2008)

‘Boy’s Life’ Depicts Transgendered Child’s Struggle

Sacramento Bee (June 10, 2009)

Radio show back today with transgender advocates

ABC News 20/20 (April 26, 2007)

I Want to Be Seen as Male

Breakthrough ABC News program which has opened many minds and hearts to the phenomenon of transgender children: ”I can’t quite explain it. It was just a feeling of being not quite in my body,” Rebecca said. “When I was in kindergarten, I would tell people that when I grew up I wanted to be a boy. I didn’t want to be astronaut, or a teacher. I wanted to be a boy.”

Current Health (February 28, 2008)

Transgender Teens — Teens Born In the Wrong Bodies

The Guardian (UK) (February 20, 2008)

Growing up in chiaroscuro

For transgendered children, the process of reaching adulthood is riven with bullying and misunderstanding: it could be different. Transgendered children are one of the most isolated and misunderstood groups in our society. Yet the means to address their plight is in the hands of everyone, especially those in charge of health and education.

Denver Post  (February 8, 2008)

Douglas County child, 8, wants to live as a girl

Rocky Mountain News (March 8, 2008)

It’s me in a different way: A profile of two TYFA Families

Bloomington Herald Times (February 19, 2007)

When the body says blue but the mind says pink

XPress Magazine (November 2, 2007)

Child’s Choice: One boy’s path to girlhood

Gay & Lesbian Times (November 15, 2007)

A cry for help: GLBT suicide

Towleroad (February 14, 2008)

Colorado school accommodates 8-year-old transgender student

Daily Democrat (January 20, 2008)

Transgender youth: Advocates say students need more safeguards

The Advocate (January 25, 2008)

Life Without Puberty: Hormone blockers for minors, the trans movement’s new frontier, by TYFA Board Member Andrea James

The Bottom Line

Difference isn’t wrong… it just is: Embracing families with transgender and gender-variant children, by Founding Member Kim Pearson

Philadelphia Inquirer (May 3, 2008)

School challenge: Transgender student is age 9