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From female to male

From female to male

By Dan Fishbein

May 15, 2015

When sophomore Alex Cosentino turned 3, he realized that he did not belong. Born Meredith Cosentino, he had been raised as a girl in accordance with his sex. Even at that young age, though, he knew there was something different about him. 12 years later, Cosentino would identify as a transgender male. “Whenever...

Sophomore begins quest of gender identification change

Sophomore begins quest of gender identification change

By Amy Pham

March 23, 2015

Sophomore Jake Hernandez, previously known as Kayla, began making his body change during his freshman year by starting to dress like a boy, after wanting to become male since seventh grade. "At first, I started using Ace bandages to make my chest flat, but then I noticed how [they] would hurt my chest...

Transition to a new year

Transition to a new year

By Trinity Martinez

March 9, 2015

Being different in high school is pretty normal, right? But when being different means being born in the wrong body, it’s not something to have a celebration about. For such a long time I struggled finding who I was as a person, but recently I discovered it. This is my junior year of high school...

Too young to transition?

Too young to transition?

By Jessica Gilligan

February 19, 2015

When 13-year-old Zoey entered puberty, her doctor prescribed medication to slow down her development--because she didn’t identify with the gender she was born as. This fairly new treatment has caused controversy in the medical community, as critics argue that blocking puberty is harmful to a child’s...

Fixing society for Leelah Alcorn

Fixing society for Leelah Alcorn

By Sydney Kinzy, Parkway West High School

January 29, 2015

On December 28th, after leaving a suicide note on her Tumblr blog, 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn stepped out into traffic and was hit by a truck. “Please don’t be sad, it’s for the better. The life I would’ve lived isn’t worth living in…because I’m transgender,” Alcorn wrote. “To put...

Group pushes for more options for transgender students on overnight trips

Group pushes for more options for transgender students on overnight trips

By MaryClare Colombo, Plano Senior HS, Plano, Texas

December 3, 2014

The Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) organization recently addressed the issue of transgender rooming on school overnight trips in a letter to Principal Sarah Watkins in October. Last year, transgender student senior Sydney Dela Rosa had to room alone or room with her biological sex with no other options....

League ruling discriminates against transgender students

League ruling discriminates against transgender students

By Parker Breza, Benilde-St. Margaret's School, St. Louis Park, Minn.

October 29, 2014

When the MSHSL chose not to vote on the trans* inclusion policy this month, they didn’t just delay the ability for hundreds of trans* students to participate in high school athletics — they also sent the message that trans* equity wasn’t politically advantageous and therefore unnecessary.

Missouri school makes accommodations for transgender students

Missouri school makes accommodations for transgender students

By Abby Christensen, Kirkwood HS, Kirkwood, Mo.

October 16, 2014

Before coming to Kirkwood High School, his peers and teachers refused to use male pronouns around him, and he was not allowed to use the male restrooms or try out for male sports teams, even though he has identified as male for as long as he can remember.

New California law gives transgender students choices

By Lauren Gargiulo, Campanile, Palo Alto HS, Palo Alto, Calif.

February 10, 2014

On Jan. 1, the California State Legislature implemented a new law that allows transgender students from kindergarten to 12th grade in public schools to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of the gender that they identify with. In addition, the new law also allows students to take part in gender-sp...