Posts Tagged transgender youth

No One is Disposable: #JusticeForJane and why dignity is a human right

As of this writing, seventy one days have passed since Jane Doe was unjustly incarcerated in the Connecticut State Prison by a government body charged with protecting her—a vulnerable, sixteen year old trans girl.

To recap her situation: Jane Doe was a ward of Connecticut State’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) for much of her life, but according to the DCF’s commissioner, Joette Katz, became violent and unruly. Her transgender status also, allegedly, complicated her placement in alternate facilities. So, the DCF availed itself of statute 17a-12: an obscure law that allows it to place children in the Connecticut State prison system.

Thus it was that she was sent to the York Correctional Facility for Adult Women in Niantic, ...

As of this writing, seventy one days have passed since Jane Doe was unjustly incarcerated in the Connecticut State Prison by a government body charged with protecting her—a vulnerable, sixteen year old trans girl.

To recap her ...

Congrats to the first trans Homecoming King in North Carolina

I don’t know what your experience was in high school, but when I look back on mine I vividly remember my emotional state fluidly moving between total acceptance and terror to step foot inside the building. I did ok for myself, but I certainly wasn’t Homecoming Queen (which could have something to do with the fact that I only attending one of four homecomings during my stint). High school is a mixed bag like that. I remember high school being a place where you couldn’t count on your peers to embrace you all the time, especially not if you were operating outside of traditionally defined gender binaries.

So I’d be lying if I said it didn’t restore my hope for teenaged ...

I don’t know what your experience was in high school, but when I look back on mine I vividly remember my emotional state fluidly moving between total acceptance and terror to step foot inside the building. I ...

The next Prop 8? Opponents submit signatures to repeal transgender students’ rights in CA

In August, California passed a law to protect public school student’s rights to participate in activities like sports and use facilities based on their gender identity. This is an important and groundbreaking step to make sure trans and gender non-conforming students have full access to the public education that is there right. So of course religious conservatives are trying to repeal the law, because coming after our children is clearly the Christian thing to do.

In August, California passed a law to protect public school student’s rights to participate in activities like sports and use facilities based on their gender identity. This is an important and groundbreaking step to ...

What We Missed

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In his newly-released budget plan, Paul Ryan tells the 99% to go fuck themselves.

Parents of transgender youth make an It Gets Better video.

A new report by the National Women’s Law Center shows that women are paying way more than men for health insurance — one billion dollars more for those getting coverage on the individual market.

Today is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

While campaigning for her husband yesterday, Michelle Obama said that Supreme Court picks moving forward will determine whether Americans “can love whomever we choose.”

UK actor Dennis Waterman admitted he’s hit his ex-wife because she was too “intelligent,” adding that, “it’s not ...

Via.

In his newly-released budget plan, Paul Ryan tells the 99% to go fuck themselves.

Parents of transgender youth make an It Gets Better video.

A new report by the ...

Girl Scouts of Colorado support transgender youth

Here’s yet another reason to love the Girl Scouts. Recently, a young girl was denied enrollment in a Colorado troop because she is trans. Via GLAAD comes this statement released by Girl Scouts of Colorado in response:

Girl Scouts is an inclusive organization and we accept all girls in Kindergarten through 12th grade as members. If a child identifies as a girl and the child’s family presents her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her as a Girl Scout.

Isn’t it great to see an appropriate, just response in this situation? I know I plan to up my Thin Mints order this year. It will be a struggle to eat all those cookies, but it’s the least ...

Here’s yet another reason to love the Girl Scouts. Recently, a young girl was denied enrollment in a Colorado troop because she is trans. Via GLAAD comes this statement released by Girl Scouts of Colorado in ...

Serious media fail on transgender youth

God, I fucking hate the media:

This is the rhetoric that dominates the news around trans issues, like 11-year old Tammy Lobel whose parents allowed her to take hormone blockers. This is why we live in a transphobic and cisnormative society.

That is all.

God, I fucking hate the media:

This is the rhetoric that dominates the news around trans issues, like 11-year old Tammy Lobel whose parents allowed her to take hormone blockers. This is why we live ...