“It’s common to want to tell everyone about your newfound realization about your identity, so that you can feel like you’re living authentically and with integrity. But you get to do whatever feels best to you!”
“You totally had me freaked out. You must have been acting kind of weird that night and for a while before. Because when you were like ‘There’s something I need to tell you,’ I thought you were dying. I had no clue.”
“We met on the first day of high school. I was drawn to her for some reason. She was reading; that might have been it. She had glasses; that could have been it, too.”
SCOTUS has issued a stay on a Virginia circuit court’s ruling, temporarily upholding a school’s anti-trans bathroom policy until they can issue a fuller ruling.
“My date got incredibly drunk and ended up passing out in the back of the limo, facedown in my boobs. It was not the romantic prom story I felt I’d been promised.”
I think she’s being the most supportive—and she’s exactly what you want in a best friend, because she’s in your corner and she’s supporting you as a whole person. She’s giving you some solid advice here—this is a bad idea. It is. Darling, this is a terrible idea.
The Autostraddle staff has gone through their tapes, CDs and playlists to share a little corner of their past selves.
We’re participating in GLSEN’s Ally Week and talking about how K-12 educators can become better allies to the LGBT youth in their schools.
It’s prom season and there’s no better time to look at these adorable queer, lesbian, bisexual and otherwise-identified humans going to prom with each other and looking damn good doing it. Plus a chance to submit your own!
While it’s great that these states are granting trans students rights, Virginia and Minnesota are still putting up a lot of hurdles for potential trans athletes.
“High school and middle school are hard enough as it is. To think about the additional barriers facing these students is pretty heartbreaking, and we all need to stand up and do what we can to move them out of the way.”
But let’s not blame technology.
On April 22, MTV will be premiering a new comedy about two girls who pretend to be lesbians together in order to get popular at school. Needless to say, this has me very confused.
“We’re all normal, as long as we are having sex in ways that are consensual, risk-aware and injury free. Our bodies? They’re normal too. Beautiful, even. That should be the core concept in any comprehensive sex education, in my opinion.”
Greta Melendez and Lily Cohen are the latest in a month of queer homecoming winners and a much longer line of kids battling for the right to wear tiaras in public while gay.
Many of us were lucky enough to have teachers who didn’t make us queer as such, but they did help make it a little easier on us, sometimes even before we knew it about ourselves. Here’s to them.
“I’m seventeen and I’ve already gone through my queer angst – and it kills me to see this kid alone almost all the time, they always look miserable and it reminds me of me a couple of years ago.”
Once again, 24-hour news networks let us down by giving a stage to bigots and showing that the only things they know about trans* people are outdated transphobic stereotypes.
In a major victory for transgender youth, California passes law giving trans* students equal protection, opportunities and access in public schools.
“Just the idea of [the “Don’t Say Gay” bill] made me realize there are people out there who would not like me just because I’m gay. It made me feel really terrible. It made me feel unaccepted.”
Kaitlyn Hunt’s case is motivating Florida state senator Thad Altman to revisit Florida’s laws regarding teens’ consensual sexual relationships; he argues that they should “provide more forgiveness” for teens like Hunt.