Transgender Terminology

We used to think that the gender people were given at birth was the one they would have their whole life. But many people grow up and identify as a different gender than what their doctors or parents guessed when they were young. That’s okay! What is gender identity? Gender identity is a person’s internal feelings of being a woman, […]

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I haven’t jerked off or ejaculated once in my life and I’m 14 years old. Does that mean I’m gay, or just I’m afraid of masturbating?

Thanks for your question.  Masturbation, or rubbing your genitals, can be a totally normal part of puberty and life.  That said, some people masturbate, and some people don’t.  The decision to masturbate (or not) is a personal decision and can depend on lots of different things, including cultural or religious beliefs.  Whatever someone decides, it does not mean anything about […]

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Pediatricians Sound Warning That Anti-Trans Bills Will Harm Children

With Mississippi and South Dakota passing bills to ban transgender children from sports and more than a dozen other states with similar bills in the works, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has finally spoken out against this harmful legislation. Related story Michelle Obama Encourages Zaya Wade & Other Teens to 'Be Patient With Yourself' “With alarm and dismay, pediatricians have watched […]

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4 myths about BDSM you need to stop believing, according to kink experts

BDSM, short for bondage-discipline, dominance-submission, and sadism-masochism, is a consensual sexual dynamic in which people play with power through different sexual acts.  While classic representations of BDSM often feature dominatrixes and submissive leather-clad men, BDSM is an umbrella term that covers a numbers of kinks and fetishes.  People engaging in BDSM have been framed as freaks, deviants, and sexually perverted […]

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Nearly 1 in 10 trans Americans get hormones through ‘grey market’ sources, study finds

Transgender people have historically had to turn to unofficial sources to get hormone replacement treatment (HRT) in the US because of barriers to care like insurance approval.  New findings published in the Annals of Family Medicine found 9% of transgender people in the US, 170,000 Americans, have used HRT from unlicensed sources.  The study found 21% of transgender Americans have […]

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LGBTQ people urgently need specialist mental health support, but it is lacking

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a significant rise in demand for mental health support. LGBTQ people are especially in need of this support, as research suggests that their mental health may be disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Mental health charities offering specialist care for LGBTQ people have already seen an increase in demand for their services. However, this specialist […]

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Celebrate Pride Month (& Every Day) With These Children's Books About LGBTQ Families

There’s no question that Pride feels different this year. We’re still marching, but now the #BlackLivesMatter and #TransLivesMatter protest signs are filling the crowds as well as the rainbows and the #LoveisLove signs. And honestly, this is exactly as it should be — because without intersectionalism, we can’t achieve equality. Right now, all parents should be talking to their kids […]

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