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'I'm Not The Only One': Transgender Youth Battle The Odds

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National Public Radio
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June 17, 2013

Despite a number of victories for gay rights and national polls reflecting a growing acceptance of gay men and women, there is a population within the LGBT community that often feels left out of the national debate. They are the "T": transgender men and women who still face many obstacles, including employment discrimination and homelessness. They experience these troubles at an early age, too; young transgender people face discrimination in all aspects of life, and many find themselves on the streets. A wrist tattoo peeks out from the cuff of London Griego's sweater. She is a tall 19-year-old with light makeup, slender fingers and long, black hair. "I remember April 23 was the last day I cut my hair ever short — April 23, 2006. I've been growing it ever since," she says.