Community Health, Youth Voices
Stories abound about transgender youth committing suicide in the wake of feelings of rejection from family, society, and self. While awareness of sexual minorities is on the rise, the attention often comes too late — and the discussion often leaves out the multi-faceted problems transgender youth face. “The stories I see on major news outlets are racially fragmented – meaning they mostly deal with white kids and only after they’re dead. Some of my friends who are trans youth of color not only deal with gender discrimination but also racism. There is little real visibility of that larger issue when so much reporting is based in fascination. Their stories go untold.” A youth reporter shares his ideas about how to change this trend and help keep kids safe – to spread open-mindedness about gender and sexuality – on Youth Radio.