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TYFA News Archives, 2012

TYFA News Archives
2012

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.


December 12, 2012 – TransgenderLegal.org Victory! Transgender Student Returns to School: After" Emma" was diagnosed with Juvenile Gender Identity Disorder, her parents asked her school district to transfer her to a new elementary school and to allow her to wear girls’ clothing and attend school using the name she prefers – Emma – rather than her legal male name. The school district refused to allow her to attend school as Emma or to wear girls’ clothing. TYFA was there! More button
October 25, 2012 – Advocate.com Babies Can See Gender Stereotypes: Infants as young as 18 months can tell when gender norms have been violated, according to a Brown University professor’s research. "Studies suggest that at 18 months, before they even have the ability to understand their own gender identity, infants will focus longer on images that challenge typical roles — a man putting on lipstick, for example."  More button
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.   More button
September 11, 2012 – HuffingtonPost.com – The Mother of a Transgender Child Speaks Out :  Danann’s mom observed, early on, that there was something "different" about her young son.  "He" was only two years old when he began acting like, and declaring that "he" was actually a girl.  The family’s story is told in a forthcoming documentary, "Trans" (not to be confused with a 2006 movie of the same name).  Learn how one mom successfully supports her "Two Spirit" daughter in a gradually but slowly changing world.   More button
September 5, 2012 – 2011 National School Climate Survey: LGBT Youth Face Pervasive, But Decreasing Levels of Harassment :  8 out of 10 LGBT Students Experience Harassment, But School-Based Resources and Supports Are Making a Difference.  More button
September 4, 2012: huffingtonpost.com -’Anti-Bullying Policy Yardstick’ From Focus On The Family May Contain Problematic, Anti-LGBT Language: Focus on the Family, a conservative Christian organization known for its vocal opposition of so-called "homosexual activist groups," has released a new "Anti-Bullying Policy Yardstick" in partnership with the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). However, analysis by ThinkProgress concludes the Yardstick may feature "an elaborate scheme to ensure religious bullying is protected in schools.   More button
August 18, 2012 – Congratulations to our own Dr. Johanna Olson and her team at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles:  Dr. Jo, a member of the TYFA Board of Directors, and her colleagues  have been selected for a 2012 Equality California Equality Award "for their groundbreaking and life saving LGBT Youth Treatment Programs.".  The award is to be presented at a ceremony taking place on Saturday, August 18.
August 16, 2012 – Advocate.com: Mother of Transgender Toddler Gets a Lesson in Love:  "When the author’s fourth daughter insisted as a toddler that she was really a boy, it took years to figure out that he was really right." This family found help and support through their contact with the professionals and other families they met through TYFA.  Read this mom’s inspiring story.  More button
August 10, 2012 – Transgender Kids: What Parents Need to Know –   "The question is ‘What’s so bad about a boy who wants to wear a dress?’ 
That’s the teaser for a story in [the August 12] weekend’s New York Times Magazine.
There’s no way to write about this subject without acknowledging that for probably 99 percent of Americans, the answer is self-evident: Boys don’t wear dresses."   "…increasingly, as the Times article reports, this conventional wisdom is going out the window when real parents are confronted with real children who don’t conform to the gender identity they are born with.
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July 20, 2012 – SDGLN – Camp Aranu’tiq: A place where transgender youth can be themselves LGBT ally, activist and volunteer Courtney Ware shares her experience serving as camp counselor.  “’Mom, is everyone here transgender?’

His eyes were bright and excited, and a smile beamed across his face.
"As his mother looked down and hugged him, I felt a knot in my throat and my eyes fill with tears.

What had the “A-Team” told us new counselors just a few hours before?

Oh yeah, that this week would be emotional. At the time, I wasn’t really sure what they meant."
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June 15, 2012 – LATimes.com – Transgender kids get help navigating a difficult path:  "Amber is one of an increasing number who are getting specialized care. The 12-year-old takes puberty-blocking drugs and hopes to have gender reassignment surgery at 16.
Amber was suffering, and her parents had no idea why.
After a lot of research, her parents concluded that their "son" was probably a transgender girl.  For those of you who have a transgender child this is probably a familiar story.  For those of you who are just beginning to explore the possibility in your child, this story will be an eye-opener.  More button
March 24, 2012 – National Clearinghouse on Family Health (NCFH) (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) — Ask NCFY: Meeting the Needs of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Youth:
" Q.  Most of the literature about how to best serve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth lumps them all together. What are some tips for working with transgender and gender non-conforming youth?”  The department of HHS that manages support of families of GLBTQ youth shows that they "get it." in their answer to the above question.     More button
March 14, 2011 – What’s In YOUR Pants??This article, one in a continuing series by called "Gender Blog," by Darlene Tando, LCSW, discusses ways transgender people deal with the awkward questions that are frequently asked about the process of changing one’s gender.  Other articles in the series address other challenges faced by a transgender person.  Although not dealing with children exclusively, her series does provide insightful perspectives.     More button
January 30, 2012 (rev. 2/2/2012) – TransYouth Family Allies (TYFA) has launched a new web page in support of Girl Scouts, in thanks for being supportive of transgender girls as members.
Remember the transgender child who was in the news in 2011 after seeking to join a local Girl Scout troop? Her brand new troop just formed! Show your support for this troop and for the Girl Scouts!  More button 
January 9, 2012 – University of Louisville – Rustin Community Provides New Option for Student Housing. “The Office for LGBT Services, along with Housing and Residence Life at U of L, is proud to announce the launch of a themed housing option for students who are interested in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues or who identify as LGBT themselves.”   More button