‘I Just Want The Life That I Deserve’: Trans Youth Open Up

The Huffington Post posted this story from Marie Holmes quoting trans teens on their mental health struggles at a time when their identities and right to exist are being questioned:

“On Wednesday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed into law four different measures attacking LGBTQ+ rights. One of them bars minors from receiving gender-affirming care, blocks health insurance from covering such care for adults, and prohibits trans people from changing the sex indicated on their birth certificates. Another says that adults can be criminally charged if they don’t use the bathroom that matches the sex they were assigned at birth

“It’s little wonder that in the current landscape, and at a time when teens are facing unprecedented mental health challenges, trans youth in particular are at risk. A 2022 survey of almost 34,000 LGBTQ youth ages 13 to 24, conducted by the Trevor Project, found that almost two-thirds of trans and nonbinary youth reported symptoms of depression in the past year, and nearly 1 in 5 trans and nonbinary young people had attempted suicide in the past year. Rates were even higher for young people of color….

A study recently published in The Journal of the American Medical Association [shows] that gender-affirming care — that is, helping kids to transition, socially and/or medically (using puberty blockers or hormones) ― “was associated with 60% lower odds of moderate or severe depression and 73% lower odds of suicidality over a 12-month follow-up” in 104 trans or nonbinary youth ages 13 to 20….

Passion Childs is a 22-year-old living in Detroit who identifies as a nonbinary trans woman. She became depressed while working full-time after high school.

‘It got to the point where it was very scary, because I genuinely wanted to be happy. But I just couldn’t be happy,’  Childs told HuffPost.”



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