In more and more communities across the United States, transgender teens are comfortable coming out. We talked with experts about what it means to be a transgender teenager—and how adults can best support trans teens, especially during early adolescence. We are all born with a biological sex. During childhood, we also develop a gender identity, which is our sense of ourselves as male or female. But for some of us, it does not. A biological male may feel instead that he is female and vice versa.
Teenage transgender row splits Sweden as dysphoria diagnoses soar by 1,500%
The faces of transgender teen America
Caroline Miller. The term transgender has been very much in the news over the last several years, but many of us know little about the experience that makes an increasing number of young people say they are the wrong gender, and need to make a change. Young people who are transgender feel powerfully that they wish to be — or are — the other gender. They not only want to dress and act and be accepted as the other gender, but may feel extremely uncomfortable in their bodies, and want to change them, through hormone therapy or surgery, to align with their gender identity. Girls who transition to become males are transgender males.
Understanding Trans Teens: Trans Resources For Parents
For several days this week the veteran Swedish journalist Malou von Sivers will cover the same topic in every episode of her nightly TV chat show: the extraordinary rise in diagnoses of gender dysphoria among teenage girls. But the fact that a mainstream programme is devoting so much time to the issue demonstrates just how much the debate has shifted in Sweden over the past year. But it also reflects a rapid change in public opinion. Just a year ago, there seemed few official obstacles left in the way of young people who wanted gender reassignment treatment. In the autumn of , the Social Democrat-led government, under pressure from the gay, lesbian and transgender group RFSL, proposed a new law which would reduce the minimum age for sex reassignment medical care from 18 to 15, remove all need for parental consent, and allow children as young as 12 to change their legal gender.
The faces of transgender teen America. Katherine, a gentle year old from Brooklyn, is many things: Bangladeshi American, an avid gamer, Muslim, a future programmer. But one thing she is not: human. In the cramped apartment she shares with her parents and siblings, Katherine is a ghost. And when they come, I sleep in a random spot around the house.