As equality for transgender Americans has come into focus with mainstream media exposure, more and more stories of blatant institutional discrimination against trans people have surfaced. However, the actions of the directors and staff running Florence House, a homeless shelter for women in Maine, exemplify behavior that is both affirming of transgender individuals' identities and conscious of their needs.
Humans of New York photographer Brandon Stanton posted a picture of a young person named Puck holding a piece of paper with a poem on it. The poem outlined Puck’s experience being gender-fluid and sprung from being confronted with old photos of them at their grandparents’ house.
A new report released this week by GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, looks the experience of LGBT youth online. The study, Out Online: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth on the Internet, the first to examine these experiences in depth and is based on national surveys of 5,680 students in 6-12th grade.