Trans Youth and Parents in Transition

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Transgender issues have been on the forefront of the news and social media all spring this year, and regardless of the reasons for this attention, the truth is that attitudes are changing.

We are at a particular point in time in our history where, as more and more families open up about their transition, the general public’s opinion in these matters is also transitioning.  From shows like Transparent winning a Golden Globe award , to the Governor of PA appointing Rachel Levine as Physician General for the state, transgender issues have never been so “out!”

Don’t get me wrong, we still have a long way to go in fighting against transphobia and getting equality for all.  According to a sweeping survey released 4 years ago, 41% of transgender individuals have attempted suicide sometime in their lives.  Not only that, but transgender youth have higher rates of homelessness, depression, generalized anxiety disorders and substance abuse.  With all of this working against Trans-youth, it’s nice to see that things are moving in the right direction and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, as we get Trans-ported to the other side.

If you are a parent of a transgender child you may have noticed the changing tides and felt the community coming together to support you and your family.  If not, there is support out there for you and here are some links to get you started.

Parents, Families, Friends, and Allies United with LGBTQ People to Move Equality Forward (PFLAG) 

Transgender Child 

Trans Youth Family Allies 

Online Support for Parents of Transsexual and Transgendered Kids and Teens 


Were these resources helpful? Do you have any other great resources for parents of transgender youth? Let us know in the comments!

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