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New website for trans youth

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(Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

A new website, trans*youth@md, has been established to answer legal questions posed by trans youth and their parents. The site was created by FreeState Legal, Inc. in partnership with local Maryland chapters of PFLAG. FreeState provides legal services to low-income members of the LGBT community.

The website, which is still under development, offers such resources as: laws about legally changing name and gender; the steps to change name or gender on official documents, like Social Security cards, driver’s licenses, and passports; rules about signing up for Selective Service if one is trans; and civil rights. However, the website does not provide information about the medical or psychological aspects of transition, although it displays links to additional resources that might be able to provide some answers.

“We want to help parents figure out what they have to do, what they can do to protect their children,” Catherine Hyde, the transgender coordinator for PFLAG- Howard County and a member of PFLAG’s national board of directors, told the Baltimore Sun.

29
Jan
2014

‘Trans’ the movie screens in Westminster

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‘Trans’ is a documentary feature that takes viewers on a journey into the transgender world through personal narratives, real life experiences, emotions and stories.

The Westminster/Carroll County chapter of PFLAG will present the film “Trans” on April 27 as part of its monthly meeting. Released in 2012, “Trans” is a documentary feature that takes viewers on a journey into the transgender world through personal narratives, real life experiences, emotions and stories.

The film was made to raise awareness of transgender issues. Inspired by the story of Dr. Christine McGinn and her work as a transgender surgeon, “Trans” provides an up-close vision into the lives of a diverse cast of characters.

The meeting runs from 5-7 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 17 Bond St., Westminster. All chapter meetings are free, confidential and open to the public. For more information, visit pflagwcc.org.

16
Apr
2014

CNN’s Piers Morgan vilified for amazingly pro-transgender interview

Morgan stepped into a minefield for doing what was actually an incredibly pro-trans, softball interview.

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06
Feb
2014

Transgender health disparities studied

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A new study compared methods of collecting and analyzing data to assess health disparities in a clinical sample of transgender individuals. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — Transgender individuals are medically underserved and their health care needs incompletely understood in part because they represent a subpopulation whose health is rarely monitored by U.S. national surveillance systems, Health Canal reports.

To address these issues, a new study compared methods of collecting and analyzing data to assess health disparities in a clinical sample of transgender individuals, as reported in an article published in LGBT Health, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the LGBT Health website. 

Sari Reisner and coauthors at the Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital, and Fenway Health in Boston, compared transgender and non-transgender patients on health measures such as substance abuse, HIV infection, lifetime suicide attempts and social stressors including violence and discrimination. They report their findings in the article “Transgender Health Disparities: Comparing Full Cohort and Nested Matched Pair Study Designs in a Community Health Center.”

“Clinic-based samples and patient-related data are under-utilized sources of information about transgender health, particularly in community-based, urban health centers that typically serve large numbers of transgender patients,” says Dr. William Byne of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.

24
Apr
2014

Study: Trans people 10x more likely to attempt suicide

The rate for suicide attempts in the general US adult population is 4.6%. In transgender people it's 41%.

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07
Feb
2014

Moving video: Parents conclude their 5 y.o. girl is actually a boy

A really fascinating video that’s gone rather superviral on YouTube. It’s about some parents who realized quite early on that their little girl, Ryland, was actually a little boy. It’s a touching video, and really brave of the parents to do it. (Kids aren’t the only ones who “come out” in these situations). A gay male friend […]

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02
Jun
2014

Facebook now offers over 50 genders to choose from in your profile

Options include: Male, female, neither, trans, trans*, agender, bigender, andryogyne, pangender, and neutrois.

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14
Feb
2014

The end of gay history

I worry that we're witnessing the end of gay history. And I'm not convinced that it's something to celebrate.

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09
Jun
2014

Dumped by her own community on Valentine’s Day

A Valentine's Day dance benefitting PFLAG banned a formerly-lesbian couple because one partner is female-to-male.

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14
Feb
2014

That trans Navy SEAL who nearly caught bin Laden? Apparently we hate her.

Kristin Beck, who should be a trans icon, is now public enemy number one. And it's a huge miscalculation.

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10
Jun
2014