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this will forever be my favorite thing
YouTube is a lifeline for transgender teens, twentysomethings

For those taking hormones, changing their names and feeling socially isolated, posting and watching videos lets them feel that they’re not alone.

This is the first article I’ve read that is insightful and totally respectful, never once mentioning a person’s “old” name or pronouns, mentioning someone’s birth sex only when necessary, framing it as a gender someone was known as rather than was. It highlights the significance of surgery and hormones on par with changing names and receiving family support, telling the tale of a journey without being voyeuristic.

I wish all articles were like this.  This is a mainstream media source, no more excuses!