Life as a transgender teen in Merced

Cheyenne Chaddock goes by masculine pronouns and wears clothes she doesn’t feel suit her, but worries about her safety should she publicly identify as a woman. She came out to her peers at We’Ced and the LGBT community center, a step she says prepared her for telling her family. “Just like any other teen, I long to be part of something greater than myself, […]

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Trans teen longs for true pride

Joseph Gonzalez-Ruiz learned in tenth grade that someone born biologically female could transition into a man. Once he came out publicly, he was excited to meet other trans youth at the San Francisco Gay Pride parade. But he didn’t feel the camaraderie he hoped for. “I didn’t see many transgender people on the stages and floats. Sure, I saw drag queens, but drag queens aren’t […]

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Gender fluid generation: evolving gender norms at school

To inform students and make school safer and more inclusive, schools are beginning to adapt to the growing number of kids discovering their transgender identities. Laws about bathroom access give institutional support to our evolving gender norms, and school sex educators are adapting their language to include transgender youth in their descriptions of normal sexual and gender orientation. As students identify as […]

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After suicide of transgender teen, community rallies to address bullying

Forty-one percent of transgender individuals attempted suicide compared to 1.8 percent of the general population, according to the Trevor Project, an  suicide prevention organization for LGBTQ youth.  After Bakersfield college student Hunter LeBaron committed suicide, allies held community outreach workshops to inform the public about common motives for suicide among LGBTQ youth, warning signs, and professional counseling resources. “I’d […]

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