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Spain's Equality Minister Irene Montero looks down during a press conference in Madrid on Jan. 27. Spain's parliament passed laws on Thursday expanding abortion and transgender rights for teenagers, while making Spain the first country in Europe entitling workers to paid menstrual leave. Manu Fernandez/AP hide caption
For adolescents, coming out as transgender can be an enormous relief. But it can also be scary and challenging. Research shows that transgender teens may be more likely to develop depression and other mental health conditions due to societal stigma and family rejection. As a result, parents of transgender teens need information and resources to help them support their children. To begin with, parents need to understand what it means to be transgender.
So what does it feel like to be trans? Children or teens born with the biological and physical traits of a male may know without a doubt that they are actually female. Or those assigned female at birth may know that their true gender is male.
Sometimes children or teens know they are trans but are afraid to come out. They might be concerned about rejection, stigma, or bullying. As a result, transgender teens may come out as gay, lesbian, or bisexual before coming out as transgender.
For transgender teens, rejection by family members is the worst possible result of coming out. Familial rejection threatens the mental health and safety of trans teens. Studies show that such rejection can lead transgender youth to engage in risky behavior. In extreme cases, rejection by loved ones can result in homelessness. In fact, 40 percent of homeless youth are LGBT teens who have been kicked out of the house, or who left home due to negative relationships with family members.
Research indicates that a combination of these factors makes transgender teens more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. Nearly three-quarters of nonbinary and trans youth experience symptoms of anxiety and two-thirds struggle with depression, according to a 2022 Trevor Project survey of 34,000 LGBTQ youth.
As a result, transgender teens are also at greater risk of suicide than their peers. The Trevor Project survey found that 59 percent of trans male youth and 48 percent of trans female youth considered suicide during the past year. And nearly 1 in 4 trans boys and young adults actually made a suicide attempt. That rate is almost four times higher than the rate of suicide attempts among LGBQ youth who identify as cisgender.
Fortunately, parental support can buffer against the challenges that transgender teens face. When trans teens feel accepted by their families, their health, self-esteem, and social support improve. Moreover, they are less vulnerable to depression, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation. Hence, the most important aspect of supporting a transgender teenager is providing unconditional love and support.
Feelings of gender dysphoria may begin at a very early age, or a person may not realize they are trans until they are a teen, young adult, or even an older adult. No matter when a person transitions, they deserve respect, access to gender-affirming care, and all the same rights as cisgender people enjoy.
Puberty can be difficult for a trans teen because the development of their secondary sex characteristics is not aligned with their gender identity. In other words, a trans boy who is developing breasts or a trans girl who begins to have facial hair may feel more uncomfortable in their body than they did as a child. And they are more likely to be misgendered due to their appearance. Parents and trans teens should work with a healthcare provider to determine a path forward in regard to puberty blockers and other hormonal treatments.
Within that age group, past research has shown that LGBT teens have a higher risk of thinking about and attempting suicide compared to heterosexual peers. However, the evidence relating to trans individuals has been very limited to date.
Now, researchers from the University of Ottawa report that Canadian teens who are transgender or nonbinary are at a higher risk of both suicidal thoughts and attempts compared to cisgender, heterosexual teens.
For this study, researchers conducted a population-based study analyzing data from the 2019 Canadian Health Survey on Children and Youth. The sample included 6,800 teens ages 15 to 17 with 99.4% identifying as cisgender and 0.6% transgender.
They also found females attracted to other females were 3.6 times more likely to think about suicide and 3.3 times more likely to attempt suicide compared to heterosexual teens. Teens attracted to multiple genders had a 2.5 times higher risk of suicidal ideation and 2.8 times higher risk of attempting suicide.
More than half of transgender male teens who participated in the survey reported attempting suicide in their lifetime, while 29.9 percent of transgender female teens said they attempted suicide. Among non-binary youth, 41.8 percent of respondents stated that they had attempted suicide at some point in their lives.
The National Review reports Chief Judge Pamela L. Brooks of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court found there was sufficient evidence to determine the teenager guilty of sexual assault in the case that has received national attention.
According to the commonwealth's attorney, the teenager is accused of two separate incidents that happened months apart at different Loudoun County high schools. According to Fox 5, the teen was wearing an ankle monitor for the prior assault at Stone Bridge when he allegedly forced a girl into an empty classroom and groped her at a new school.
As CBN's Faithwire reported, Scott Smith, the girl's father, told The Daily Wire his daughter had been sexually assaulted in late May while she was in the bathroom at Stone Bridge High School. The attack was allegedly committed by a teenage boy who entered the girls' bathroom wearing a skirt.
In September 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill No. 2501 into law. The law further restricted the use of the gay/trans panic defense by amending California's manslaughter statute to prohibit defendants from claiming that they were provoked to murder by discovering a victim's sexual orientation or gender identity. AB 2501 was introduced by Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla in partnership with Equality California. In announcing the bill's introduction they cited the murder of Araujo and the 2008 murder of gay California teen Larry King.
The father of a trans teenager says he's still waiting for an explanation from the Calgary Board of Education as to why a student he says bullied his child ended up at the same school they moved to for a fresh start.
Transgender and gender-nonbinary teens face greater risk of sexual assault in schools that prevent them from using bathrooms or locker rooms consistent with their gender identity, according to a recent study.
Researchers looked at data from a survey of nearly 3,700 U.S. teens aged 13-17. The study found that 36% of transgender or gender-nonbinary students with restricted bathroom or locker room access reported being sexually assaulted in the last 12 months, according to a May 6, 2019 CNN article. Of all students surveyed, 1 out of every 4, or 25.9%, reported being a victim of sexual assault in the past year.
Still, it was terrifying. He was a senior in high school, he graduated "with a big belly," and he was just 18 years old when he gave birth to a baby girl named Arlo. The stresses of being a teen parent alone are massive, but he was also dealing with confusion over his identity. It's important to note that he was not out in any capacity at this time. He wasn't aware that he was transgender, though he was experiencing dysphoria surrounding his assigned gender. Like many teenagers, he didn't yet know himself.
"Even harder than that was pregnancy," he said. "Because all of a sudden, here's this second phase. There's nothing more female than being pregnant, and you gain weight. My breasts were big. Everything about the process was just so hard for me. When people ask me, 'Oh, how was pregnancy for you?' I never really have a lot of good things to say, and it's not about bringing Arlo into this world. That part was awesome, but it was just how hard it was on me mentally and physically having my body be so female. I was dealing with gender dysphoria on top of preparing to be a teen mom and all the things that go along with that. Honestly, I couldn't wait for it to be over."
As well as the tribute from the teen's family, well-wishers inundated her popular TikTok account, which has more than 31,000 followers, with messages and comments, with one describing the 16-year-old as a "sweet angel".
In a new study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, Aye and her colleagues surveyed 36 parents and 23 transgender and gender expansive adolescents aged 12 to 21 about their perceptions of support during pivotal moments in their gender transition. According to trans teens, a show of love and support was one of the best things their parents could offer.
Parents often think that the best thing they can do for their trans kids is connect them with support services. But Aye and her colleagues found teens ranked using their new name and pronouns as the most crucial form of support. Unfortunately, parents often have a hard time doing this.
Sweden decided in February 2022 to halt hormone therapy for minors except in very rare cases, and in December, the National Board of Health and Welfare said mastectomies for teenage girls wanting to transition should be limited to a research setting.
No, hormone treatment is not a replacement for birth control. If you have female sex organs and you have sex with a person with male sex organs, you can still get pregnant. All teens who are sexually active and want to prevent pregnancy need to use birth control. Read Birth Control to learn about birth control options. 041b061a72