Trans Youth Speak Out on the Power of Gender-Affirming Health Care

"When I have affirming and supportive health care, I'm able to thrive."

There’s been a lot of talk of gender-affirming health care for trans youth, yet so few of these conversations actually center young people. Logo’s latest special seeks to change that.

As a follow-up to our 2022 LGBTQ State of the Union With Angelica Ross, Logo is announcing our inaugural Trans Youth Town Hall, a digital video series hosted and executive produced by activist and author Raquel Willis. The three-part special will put everyday trans and nonbinary young people in conversation with trans media experts, legal advocates, and community organizers, offering a holistic look at what brings these young people joy and what is standing in the way of their prosperity.

Expert panelists include ACLU attorney Chase Strangio, actress and writer Jen Richards (Disclosure, Tales of the City), and The Okra Project executive director Dominique Morgan.

In a first look at Trans Youth Town Hall, Willis sits down with two groups of four young people to hear directly from them about why access to gender-affirming health care matters. Despite being backed by every major medical association in the United States and the current presidential administration, trans health care is the subject of many proposed legislative bans and announcements from Republican lawmakers. As recently as last week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was widely condemned for calling upon citizens to report supportive parents of trans kids for “child abuse.”

“How can you possibly think about making laws around transness without interacting with the concept in real life?” says Kairu, 18. “I mean, it’s extremely frustrating, especially when it comes to health care.”

“When I have affirming and supportive health care, I’m able to thrive,” adds Rebekah, 15. “I’m able to be me and just be happier. And I think that’s one of the most important parts about getting health care. It’s for me, not you. Why would you care about it?”

The first full episode of Logo’s Trans Youth Town Hall premieres Tuesday, March 29, on Logo’s YouTube and Twitter, with subsequent episodes debuting Wednesday, March 30, and Thursday, March 31. Until then, watch the snippet below, and keep scrolling for some key resources surrounding these issues.
 

Where to Go If…

You’re a young trans or nonbinary person looking for resources or peer support

GSA Network, a California-based nonprofit that connects and empowers young LGBTQ people around the country to launch, lead, and register Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs) at schools, universities, or in their local communities

Trans Lifeline, a grassroots hotline and microgrants nonprofit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community (in the U.S., call 877-565-8860; in Canada, 877-330-6366)

You want to learn more about attacks on gender-affirming health care in Texas and beyond

Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT), a trans-led, Texas-based advocacy group and educational resource hub

The ACLU and Lambda Legal, two nationally recognized legal advocacy groups on the frontlines of the fight against anti-transgender legislative attacks

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