Young Adult

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Loop 21 Interviews Janet Mock About Violence Against Black Trans Women

If George W. Bush didn’t “care about black people,” then people generally don’t care about the lives of transgender women of color.

That’s not exactly the way writer and activist Janet Mock put it. She and others believe a rash of murders, as well as uneven media coverage, suggest a gross lack of empathy for gender non-conforming individuals.

Mock, a 29-year-old Hawaii native, was her parents’ firstborn son. She transitioned when she was a teenager and is aware of her privilege of not having her gender identity questioned by society.

Loop 21
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June 12, 2012

Focus on the Family Blames Gay Teens and Activists for Unhappiness

Focus on the Family affiliate CitizenLink said in a radio segment this morning that teens “who identify as homosexual and transgender” are unhappy and engage in risky behavior not because they face discrimination, but rather because of how they self-identify. This claim is in response to a recently released report from HRC, called Growing Up LGBT in America.

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Gender-Neutral Bathrooms Signal Change for Colleges

Colleges are often the place movements for social change start. Now, the transformation is coming to bathrooms.

Portland State University said in late May that it would convert one multi-stall women’s restroom on campus to a gender-neutral designation.

The move was designed to support transgender students.

Though there already are gender-neutral single-stall restrooms on campus, this restroom, on the fourth floor of Smith Memorial Student Union next to the Queer Resource Center, can be used simultaneously by people of different genders.

The Portland Tribune
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June 7, 2012

Transgender Teen Graduates in Tulsa

The graduating seniors at Bixby High School walk to their seats in the Mabee Center under a sword salute by the Marine Corps Junior ROTC students of Lt. Col. Randy Hill’s class.
Fashion among Bixby’s senior class girls dictates many wear neon-hued platform stilettos with their Spartan blue graduation gowns and caps.
About one-third of the way through the alphabet, Hill’s daughter, Katie, glides across the stage, and the school administrators offer her a steadying hand down the stairs, as they do for every senior girl — even though Katie is wearing sparkly flat sandals.

The Oklahoman
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June 4, 2012

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