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New York City has a new web portal for teens. Click on www.nyc.gov/teen to find information, resources, and help.


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Featured Story

image by Gabriel Appleton

Being transgendered isn't always easy, especially when you're in a straight group home and you're the only one.

First of all I want to start off by telling you what a transgender is. Yeah, I know the first thing that pops into your head is a man with a sex change and a dress. Wrong! What it really is someone who lives his or her life as the opposite sex. It doesn't mean that they have a sex change (that's a transsexual) or that they like having every man in sight. In fact, some transgenders are women who live as guys.

Trapped in a Boy's Body

But enough of the technicalities. Let me tell you a little about myself. If you haven't got it by now, I'll fill you in. Yes, I'm a transgender. I'm a guy but I've felt like a female my whole life. And when I dress the part, I look a lot like a female, too. I can choose what bathroom I go into, male or female, and I even get numbers from guys. (But I always tell them right then and there that I'm a guy, or I don't call them. Sometimes they're not even worth it.)

I know a lot of people are uncomfortable with who I am, but I hope the fact that I'm transgendered doesn't stop you from finishing the article. After all, you're learning… aren't you? So let me continue.

Well, here are the facts. I'm 14 years old and before my grandmother (she raised me) told me, at around age 6, I didn't know I was a boy. I felt and thought like a girl. I walked with my chest sticking out and I liked to wear my hair in a pony tail. I even liked dressing in girl's clothes.

When I was growing up, everyone knew me and my family, so they didn't bother me. But when I went into foster care, at the age of 8, it was a different story.

Group Home Hell

The first group home I was in, and where I stayed for three years, was terrible, and so were a lot of other group homes I've been in. It wasn't terrible at first, because my grandmother was still alive and when anything happened to me, she would report the staff to the social worker and complain. . .

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