THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Staggering fact: 83% percent of teens who think their bodies don’t match their minds gender-wise consider suicide. The key to prevention according to TransActive, the only transgender youth nonprofit in the country, is reaching the kids before puberty.
Jenn Burleton, Executive Director of that Portland, Oregon trans youth organization, was interviewed in The Portland Mercury this week about the options and steps for kids and their parents. This included a discussion of the “puberty blockers” option that is becoming more common.
In the interview Burleton said parents sometimes can notice a potential trans child as early as 18 months and of the 83 percent of teens who consider suicide, 41 make an attempt.
Portland-specific information indicated there are 3200 trans kids in the area with Portland having the largest trans population (overall youths and adults) in the United States. They are currently reaching 70 families leaving some 3100 kids possibly without much guidance.
She also mentioned the three-year-old Oregon Safe Schools Act which says every child in the state can express their gender however they want.
I urge those seeking help check this organization out and pass along its existence to those that would benefit from its services.
Read the entire article here: Nonprofit Works With Transgender Kids—Long Before Puberty | Blogtown, PDX.
TransActive website: http://www.transactiveonline.org/index.php
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