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TYFA News Archives, 2008

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.

Study: Family rejection leads to greater health risks for youth

December 29, 2008

Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth whose families have rejected them because of their sexual orientation are at far greater risk for mental and physical health problems than those who come from families who have accepted them, according to a recent study.

T-Friendly AARP and New York Life Change Insurance Contracting Rules to Recognize Affirmed Transpeople

December 15, 2008

An affirmed woman near Portland , Oregon , sought document conformity with her life insurance policy to ensure that her beneficiaries would have no issues in the event of her death.

Washington embraces trans athletes

December 11, 2008

Before the 2006-07 school year, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association had never fielded a question about transgender athletes. That year, they received four inquiries about whether teenagers with non-traditional gender identities could compete for their schools.

Gender-confused teens drug call

December 10, 2008

Young teenagers with serious gender identity disorders should be given drugs which will block puberty, international experts suggest.

Intersex Baby: A Parent’s Worst Nightmare [removed]

December 10, 2008

The birth of Tamara Dawson’s first child should have been a moment of sheer delight. Instead, she describes the shocking and unusual situation that followed: The doctors and nurses came back and said, ‘We don’t know if you had a boy or a girl.’ We were stunned. How could you not know?”

San Rafael parents irked by policy allowing transgendered access

December 8, 2008

Two San Rafael parents are upset by a school policy that allows students who identify as a different gender to use the restrooms and locker rooms assigned to that gender.

Transgender teen decries hate at schools [removed]

December 6, 2008

About 25 protesters braved a brisk wind and fumes from cars zipping past Friday afternoon to show their support for Blake Williams, a transgender teen who says he dropped out of Aspen Valley High School because he didn’t feel safe.

Online LGBT high school to launch

November 25, 2008

An online high school for students who are lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning their sexual orientation will be launched in fall 2009.

TYFA leaders attend Transgender Day of Remembrance events

November 20, 2008

Shawn and Kim Pearson discuss education and advocacy for transgender children with Gwen Araujo’s mom, Sylvia Guerrero, in Tucson AZ after the Transgender Day of Remembrance observance service. [images]


Coming Out in Adolescence, Part 2

October 16, 2008

In Part 2 of this 2-part series, The Gay & Lesbian Times reports some students pioneer on campuses; transgender children face different set of challenges

Court Dismisses Trangender Plaintiff’s Bathroom Complaint

October 10, 2008

A federal court in Nevada recently dismissed a Title IX case brought by the parents of a preoperative male-to-female transgender student (referred to in the decision as “Mary Doe”) that challenged the school’s decision that would have prohibited her from using the girls’ restroom.

Coming Out in Adolescence, Part 1

October 9, 2008

In Part 1 of this 2-part series, The Gay & Lesbian Times presents a study showing that teens are coming out at younger ages – but are our schools equipped to keep them safe? (Note: the children described seem more gender-variant than “Gay”, as the article labels them)

 LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index

October 7, 2008

Campus Pride is providing a search and rating facility for GLBT-Friendly college campuses. Each campus listed is given a rating of from 1 to 5 stars and each has a comprehensive list of things you need to know.

Paper on treatment of adolescent trans youth

September 5, 2008

Researchers in The Netherlands have concluded that in the field of treatment of young adolescents, it may be that the adage “in dubio abstine” (when in doubt, abstain from intervention) needs to be reconsidered. Particularly when there are research opportunities to lessen this “dubium” to the benefit of those who suffer from gender

 Gene variant may make people transsexual

July 30, 2008

Scientists identified a specific gene variant in female-to-male transsexuals that meant they had been exposed to higher levels of sex hormones during their early development.


July 18, 2008 — WPATH takes a stand in favor of removing exclusions for medically necessary health care treatment and insurance coverage for transgender children and adults.


July 8, 2008 — At 2008 AMA Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates, several items of importance to GLBT persons were approved. Among these was Resolution 122, “Removing Financial Barriers to Care for Transgender Patients…”


January 19, 2008 — TransYouth Family Advocates, Inc. (TYFA) is proud to announce the launch of TYFA-TALK, an online support group and referral source for parents, grandparents and guardians negotiating the journey of raising gender variant and transgender children,
ages 3-18.


September 22, 2007 — Three fundamental problems with Oprah: Kim Pearson writes a guest column for the Bilarico Project describing her not so wonderful experiences in dealing with the producers of The Oprah Winfrey Show.


September 20, 2007 — SanFrancisco Bay Times article features TYFA Youth Advocate Shawn Dedric Pearson, Trans Advocate for his peers.