A Family in Transition

June 18, 2018

Two fathers and the baby girl they never expected.

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Womb transplants are again in the news as Richard Paulson, president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), said there was no reason to believe that the treatment could not work for transgender women at recent conference in Texas

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In 2017, the public support for transgender people is growing. Last August, nonpartisan independent research organization PRRI found that 72 percent of Americans favor LGBT nondiscrimination laws. But what good is support for if they can’t afford treatment? “This is my last resort, asking people for money,” Moog says

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— and for earlier treatment. Pediatrician Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedy uses a stethoscope and otoscope, of course. But running a clinic for transgender youth means her pediatric medical supplies also include a selection of silicone penises and chest-flattening binders

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Puberty is no picnic, even in the best of circumstances. Once the sex hormones estrogen or testosterone kick in, there’s no turning back: Here come breasts and periods, Adam’s apples and acne. It’s a tough passage for many kids, but for some — transgender youth whose bodies don’t match their gender identity — puberty can be unbearable

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The issue stems from the fact that enrollees must check a single gender box when they sign up for a plan sold on the individual or small group markets, according to advocates and health care providers

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The American Medical Association has adopted policies against nonmedical vaccine refusals and for transgender people in the military

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Michael was born biologically male 13 years ago on the Grand Ronde Indian Reservation. Mom, Dee, remembers buying dresses for three nieces when Michael — who now goes by Michaela — was about 6 years old

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