What is “Transgender”?

Written by Monique, TeenSource intern, who identifies as genderfluid

What is transgender? Who is transgender?

Everyone is assigned a sex (either male or female) at birth based on the appearance of their genitals. The term transgender describes a person whose gender identity does not match their sex assigned at birth. For example, someone could be assigned female at birth and identify as a man, vice versa, or they may identify as something else altogether. There are many terms for us,  There’s trans men and trans women, for those identifying with the binary, (more about that later) and there are multiple different identities for those of us who identify under the umbrella term of “non-binary.”  Identity, if it is trans or non-binary, is something we give ourselves. It’s not something that someone else puts on us.

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Be Thankful!

We have spent the first half of November saying “Thank You” to birth control but this Thanksgiving, we have a lot more to be thankful for! Here at TeenSource we made a list of all of the things we are saying “Thank You” for!

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Why Young People Say Thank You to Birth Control!

Yesterday was Thx Birth Control Day, a chance to share all of the reasons we say “thank you” to birth control! TeenSource interviewed several people to find out why they were grateful for birth control and here are their responses.

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Thx Birth Control Day!

Next Tuesday, Nov. 13, is Thanks Birth Control Day -- a day dedicated to showing a little extra love for our implants, pills, patches, and IUDs.

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what to do when a friend comes out to you

Last week we celebrated National Coming Out Day, an opportunity to celebrate people who have come out or are thinking of coming out. Maybe someone you know used this day as an opportunity to come out to you. You may not know how to respond when someone you know and love comes out to you, so we put together some tips.

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month- What You Need To Know October 9, 2018

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Unfortunately domestic violence is more common than you might think. When it comes to teens in the US, 12% of high school females and 7% of high school males reported physical violence in the last year. One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.  Let’s begin by making it clear that domestic violence does not discriminate! All types of people can experience domestic violence no matter of their age, gender, sexual orientation, or economic status.

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be a consent champion + stop kavanuagh!

Last year, the #MeToo movement rocked social media when women and survivors began to share their personal stories of sexual assault, rape, and harassment. People’s reactions were mixed. Many found power in shared experiences, others found it upsetting or triggering, and still others had a hard time believing the problem was as bad as women and survivors of assault were making out to be.

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bisexual visibility week!

There’s a million of reasons to celebrate a day that recognizes the experiences of bisexual people. The “B” in LGBTQ is an important part of the community. Some studies have even found that bisexual people make up about half of all lesbian, gay, and bisexual people.

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it’s cuffing season!

How do we know it's cuffing season? Pumpkin spice lattes are back. People are talking about their Halloween costumes. Football season is in full swing. And plenty of teens are eyeing the cutie next to them in class. Cuffing season happens in fall and winter when people pair off into relationships and get “cuffed” to a partner.

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birth control- it’s about more than prevention

First, birth control is not always about preventing pregnancy, some women use birth control to lessen their period cramps, clear up their skin, or make their periods more regular. There are many different methods of birth control, and each one is different so it can suit different women.

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