Like many queer youth, I’ve been on the verge of tears since Trump was elected. But instead of crying, these days, I reach for a tube of liquid eyeliner.
outLoud Radio is now at Youth Radio, continuing its mission to increase the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer young people by helping them develop the skills and confidence to decide for themselves how they will be represented, advance social justice and make the most of their lives.
I don’t care if my non-binary identity isn’t normal enough for people to easily understand.
As it turns out, dealing with a nationally watched court case doesn’t mean you get to escape the normal stresses of being a teenager.
In the podcast this week, we tackle the state of transgender rights. Where do we stand? What has changed? And how do young people feel about it?
“It kind of brought back all the butterflies about using the bathroom period and kinda that feeling of nervousness about which bathroom do I use? How are people going to perceive me when I go there? That same kind of anxiety that leads me to avoiding the bathroom altogether.”
To help understand what kinds of legal protections trans and gender non-conforming youth currently have, we talked with Sasha Buchert, a staff attorney at the Transgender Law Center.
For three years, I agonized over how I’d come out as bisexual to my parents. But none of that planning was useful.
[Watching Trump become President] My rage, sadness, and apprehension blurred together into an emotional tidal wave. I wanted to cry, but instead, I reached for a tube of liquid eyeliner.
In this edition of The outLoud Radio Podcast, we’ve highlighted a few of the events that spoke to us the most.
I stared at the black war paint I had applied around my eyes and I felt strong, defiant, and free.