In more and more communities across the United States, transgender teens are comfortable coming out. We talked with experts about what it means to be a transgender teenager—and how adults can best support trans teens, especially during early adolescence. We are all born with a biological sex. During childhood, we also develop a gender identity, which is our sense of ourselves as male or female.
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Understanding Trans Teens: Trans Resources For Parents
The choices are fraught—and there are no easy answers. Claire is a year-old girl with short auburn hair and a broad smile. She lives outside Philadelphia with her mother and father, both professional scientists. Claire can come across as an introvert, but she quickly opens up, and what seemed like shyness reveals itself to be quiet self-assuredness. Like many kids her age, she is a bit overscheduled. To hear more feature stories, see our full list or get the Audm iPhone app.
Transgender Children & Youth: Understanding the Basics
Caroline Miller. The term transgender has been very much in the news over the last several years, but many of us know little about the experience that makes an increasing number of young people say they are the wrong gender, and need to make a change. Young people who are transgender feel powerfully that they wish to be — or are — the other gender. They not only want to dress and act and be accepted as the other gender, but may feel extremely uncomfortable in their bodies, and want to change them, through hormone therapy or surgery, to align with their gender identity.
Transgender youth are children or adolescents who do not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth. Because transgender youth are usually dependent on their parents for care, shelter, financial support, and other needs, and because most doctors are reluctant to provide medical treatments to them, transgender youth face different challenges compared to adults. There is a broad consensus among experts and professional associations that appropriate care may include supportive mental health care, social transition, and puberty blockers , which delay puberty and the development of secondary sex characteristics to give children time to make decisions about more permanent courses of action. In many parts of the world, being transgender  is not widely accepted by the public and as for transgender youth, they not only face discrimination but also can encounter family exclusion.