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Ally Moms provide a critical lifeline for trans youth and their parents

Ally Moms provide a critical lifeline for trans youth and their parents

When 17-year-old transgender teen Leelah Alcorn died by suicide in 2014, it made national headlines — and hit some parents painfully and particularly hard. 

Roz Keith was one of those parents. Keith’s teenage son had just come out to her as trans a year earlier.  She was in the middle of her own parenting journey, and it was “devastating and heartbreaking,” Keith told Mashable, to think that Alcorn may have died by suicide “in part because she didn’t have parent support.” Alcorn’s parents wouldn’t refer to Leelah as a girl. They had sent her to conversion therapy to help correct her gender identity.

At the time, Keith was participating in a Facebook group for parents of trans youth. She and another mother started thinking about ways Leelah’s parents and even they, as strangers, could have done more to help youth like Leelah.

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LGBT, Transgender

6 Ways to Support Trans, Nonbinary, and and Intersex People After Trump’s Memo | Bitch Media

6 Ways to Support Trans, Nonbinary, and and Intersex People After Trump’s Memo | Bitch Media:

On October 21, the New York Times outlined the Trump administration’s latest attempt to redefine gender as “a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth.” The memo was rightfully met with fear, horror, and fury by intersex and transgender (including nonbinary) folks across the country. Since then, the U.S. Justice Department has informed the Supreme Court that civil-rights laws don’t protect workers from gender-based discrimination—or, put another way, that it’s legal to fire trans employees for being trans.

In times like these, it can be hard for cisgender folks to react without appearing patronizing, performative, or complacent. And trans folks often disagree on the best ways for allies to show support. Some say that voting is paramount, while others dismiss politics as ineffective. Some collect donations for national trans-rights organizations, while others prefer donating to individuals.

While it’s okay to indulge in these arguments, any action taken is better than standing idly by. Don’t know where to start? Here are six ways to support trans, intersex, and nonbinary folks in your community and across the country:

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LGBT, Transgender

Transgender Teen’s Letter Shows Why Visibility Is Important | Teen Vogue

Transgender Teen’s Letter Shows Why Visibility Is Important | Teen Vogue:

For many young LGBTQ people, coming out to family and friends can be incredibly freeing and affirming. But that’s not the case for everyone, unfortunately. In fact, it’s estimated that about 40% of all homeless youth identify as LGBTQ, and that many of them became homeless because of family rejection based on their identity. For those who don’t have supportive families, seeking affirmation from others in the community can be so important. That’s exactly what one letter on Reddit seems to show.

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We asked 14 trans activists how cis people can be better allies in 2018 | indy100

We asked 14 trans activists how cis people can be better allies in 2018 | indy100:

Trans people are all around us. They’re our doctors and nurses; our lawyers and bankers; our journalists and artists; our neighbours and our loved ones.

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Personal

A Long Time In Coming

Life has a way of catching your attention when you have become too distracted by things which, when you think about it, aren’t as important as you had convinced yourself they were. 

Until today I knew my oldest had issues he was struggling with, some he had shared, and as I have now found out, many more he had not. We had a long talk, or I should say, I let him talk. About any and every thing he felt comforting sharing. After everything was said and done I made sure he knew he had A’s and my full support. He has always had it, it has it now and he will have it in the future. That we are his parents and we love him no matter what.


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Transgender

Transgender girl helps to create center for trans people near Westboro Baptist Church    | Daily Mail Online

Transgender girl helps to create center for trans people near Westboro Baptist Church    | Daily Mail Online:

“Avery Jackson may be small, but she’s making big changes to empower the transgender community in the Westboro Baptist Church’s neighborhood”

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For trans women, fear and solace in a private Facebook group

For trans women, fear and solace in a private Facebook group:

“It was Thursday, May 29, 2014, a month after I publicly disclosed myself as a transgender woman in an article for The American Prospect, after being away from the community for more than a decade. I didn’t expect to spend that morning on Facebook trying to convince a trans woman I had never met not to commit suicide.”

(Via. The Kernel)

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