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Last Night, Calvin Klein — This Morning, Algebra

She is 6-foot-1, weighs 125 pounds and has a kind of Pre-Raphaelite-by-way-of-Joni Mitchell hairdo. So she looks every bit the part of a runway model, even if she’s a 16-year-old high school sophomore who also happens to be transgender….In eighth grade, she appeared “Growing Up Trans,” a documentary that was broadcast on PBS stations, in which she talked with her therapist Jean Malpas of the Ackerman Institute about the decision to go on estrogen. Read More


TEDxAsburyPark— The Gift of Gender Authenticity

As society is becoming more welcoming of diverse gender identities, kids are becoming more vocal about gender expression and parents are bumping into novel challenges as their kids explore “gender expansiveness.”
Jean Malpas aims to open up the binary so kids feel welcome discussing their authentic selves and genders. Read More


Vogue Magazine — How the Parents of Trans Teens Are Fighting for Their Kids’ Lives

If you don’t know transgender children, it’s easy to assume they begin life a few feet behind the starting line. But the more mothers I encountered, the more I found something different: Many believed that having a trans child had made them better parents. “This is an opportunity for growth,” insists Jean Malpas, the director of the Gender & Family Project at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City… Read More


AArs Technica — Gender confirmation surgeries rose 20% in the last two years

Gender confirmation procedures are on the rise in the US, doctors reported Monday.

Surgeons performed more than 3,200 transfeminine and transmasculine procedures in 2016, according to new data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). That’s nearly a 20 percent increase from numbers in 2015, when the ASPS began tracking the procedures, the society says. Read More


Associated Press — Every New York City public school must install at least one single-stall restroom under a new policy announced by Chancellor Carmen Farina.

Farina said Tuesday that the restrooms will be available in all city schools by January 2018…Benjamin Davis of the Gender and Family Project at the Ackerman Institute for the Family praised the initiative. He said the single-stall option will let students meet their most basic needs “without threat of harassment, violence or intimidation.”

4.28.17 – Katie Couric, Brandon Maxwell, and the Ackerman Institute Celebrate Gender Fluidity

The Ackerman Institute for the Family has been advocating for psychotherapy and providing support to those who seek it since 1960, but the institute’s Gender & Family Project (GFP) has lately become the most exciting and forward-thinking wing of the organization. Read More


This Show is So Gay – Podcast Episode 398

There is still so much important work to be done and we are pleased to feature two more voices of individuals making it happen!

First up, we’re joined by Jean Malpas, the director of the Gender and Family Project at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Jean and his staff are doing critical work to empower youth, families and communities by providing gender affirmative services, training and research. And they have A Night of A Thousand Genders coming up, and that’s pretty darn exciting in itself! Read More


USA Today College – Transgender: What Does It Mean? After Trump Rolls Back Protections, an Explainer

The Trump administration issued new guidance Wednesday rolling back federal protection for transgender students granted under the Obama administration.

The decision was met with criticism from many LGBTQ rights groups and celebrities alike who say students should be able to use restrooms of their chosen gender.
Here’s a refresher on what it means to be transgender: Read More


 The Daily Beast – It’s Absurd to Claim That Trans Kids Are Being ‘Rushed’ Into Transitioning

Transgender kids are a reliable source of controversy. They are also human beings.

Over the past two years, articles and opinion pieces published in The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Pacific Standard, New York magazine, and more have questioned the provision of health care and parental support to transgender children—especially the reversible and non-medical practice of social transition, or allowing a child to live and dress as a gender different from the one they were assigned at birth. Read More


 National Geographic – Gender Revolution: A Journey With Katie Couric Trailer

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 National Geographic – How Science is Helping Us Understand Gender

She has always felt more boyish than girlish.

From an early age, E, as she prefers to be called for this story, hated wearing dresses, liked basketball, skateboarding, video games. When we met in May in New York City at an end-of-the-year show for her high school speech team, E was wearing a tailored Brooks Brothers suit and a bow tie from her vast collection. With supershort red hair, a creamy complexion, and delicate features, the 14-year-old looked like a formally dressed, earthbound Peter Pan. Read More


EDGE Media Network, Boston – Hetrick-Martin Institute Hosts Gender Conference East

On November 11-12, Hetrick-Martin Institute will host a two-day convening, Gender Conference East, which provides a safe and supportive space dedicated to the needs of children and youth across the gender spectrum, as well as their families and the professionals working with them.

HMI is the nation’s oldest and largest organization serving LGBTQ youth. They are hosting the conference in partnership with The Gender and Family Project of The Ackerman Institute for the Family, PFLAG-Howard County, and PFLAG-NYC. The weekend kicks off with a Friday evening Meet & Greet, sponsored by Lambda Legal. Read More


The Wall Street Journal – Ariana’s Journey to Becoming Ryan

Ariana hated her name, wearing dresses and being left out when the boys played soccer. She was convinced she was meant to be a boy.

“I knew it since I could think and talk,” said the 11-year-old. “I couldn’t talk to my parents because I was so scared. Read More

10.17.16 – Do You Have Unconscious Gender Bias? UN Women, PwC Launch a Course to Help You Find Out

I was patting myself on the back for getting a six-out-of-six score on true/false questions about gender identity and societal norms on a new corporate “Gender IQ” course when a video segment stopped me in my tracks.

In the segment, Michael Kimmel, a SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University in New York, was arguing that gender identity does not develop as we mature, as I always thought, but starts at birth and is effectively set in stone at that early stage. “From the moment we’re born, we’re steered in one direction or another,” he said. Read More


 Broadway World – Sandra Bernhard and More to Gather in Celebration of Mx Justin Vivian Bond

Iconic performer, writer, artist and activist Mx Justin VivIan Bond will close out an epic yearlong retrospective of v’s 25 year career at Joe’s Pub at The Public with a new show called The Golden Age of Justin VivIan Bond, September 7-10 at 9:00PM, and a tribute concert, Trans/Art/Family: The VIVification of NYC, on September 11 at 8:00PM. The VIVification of NYC will be a celebration of Mx Bond as well as a benefit for two organizations – Participant, Inc and The Gender & Family Project. Read More



The Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project will present its third annual benefit, A Night of A Thousand Genders, an evening of cocktails followed by a very special one-night-only cabaret evening celebrating the beauty and resilience of gender expansive youth and their families on Monday, April 11, 2016 from 6:00-8:30pm at City Winery (155 Varick Street, New York, NY). Read More


Broadway World – DJ & Trans Activist Lina Bradford to Host A NIGHT OF A THOUSAND GENDERS After Party

Hosted by Legendary DJ and trans activist Lina Bradford, the After Party will feature great music and a chance to win a host of raffle prizes, including airfare from Delta, Broadway and Shakespeare in the Park tickets, Michael Kors Accessories and more. The funds raised at the After Party will support the Gender& Family Project’s important programs, gender inclusivity training at schools, family therapy and support for children and teens. Read More


Broadway World – Alan Cumming to Host Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project Benefit A NIGHT OF A THOUSAND GENDERS

The Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project will present its third annual benefit, A Night of A Thousand Genders, an evening of cocktails followed by a very special one-night-only cabaret evening celebrating the beauty and resilience of gender expansive youth and their families on Monday, April 11, 2016 from 6:00-8:30pm at City Winery (155 Varick Street, New York, NY). Read More



The Ackerman Institute’s Gender amp Family Project will present its third annual benefit, A Night of A Thousand Genders, an evening of cocktails followed by a very special one-night-only cabaret evening celebrating the beauty and resilience of gender expansive youth and their families on Monday, April 11, 2016 from 600-830pm at City Winery 155 Varick Street, New York, NY. Read More


 The Villager –  Guiding Trans Youth, and Families, Through Changes

If you find the idea of a person being transgender to be confusing, you can only imagine how complex it is for a young person who is realizing that he or she is not living in the correct body.

Lucas Mogerley was a 10-year-old girl when he became aware of the term “transgender.” His parents, though they suspected he might be gay, were not fully prepared for this news and had no cultural reference points to which they could relate. Read More


 Huffington Post – How Do You Parent a Transgender Kid?

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PIX 11 News – Ahead of NYC Pride Parade, Teen Talks About Issues Affecting Transgender Community

An estimated 1.7 million people will flood Fifth Avenue this weekend.

Rainbow flags will fly up and down Fifth as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender participate celebrate their gay pride.

Jean Malpas, director of the Gender and Family Project at the Ackerman Institute in New York, and 19-year-old Lucas Mogerley who identifies as a transgender man talk about issues affecting transgender community and some startling statistics. Read More


 PBS Frontline – Growing Up Trans

Just a generation ago, it was adults, not kids, who changed genders. But today, many children are transitioning, too — with new medical options, and at younger and younger ages. In Growing Up Trans, FRONTLINE takes viewers on an intimate and eye-opening journey inside the struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their families. Click for Video


 WNYC Radio – A Child Moves From ‘She’ to ‘He’ With Confidence & Trans Expert: Every Child Takes a ‘Gender Journey’

This is the first story in a three-part series. In Part Two, we go to school with Q to hear from his teachers and peers. In Part Three we hear from a therapist who works with transgender kids.

Q Daily, a third grader who attends a Brooklyn public school, describes himself as silly, curious and nice — all of the qualities that he likes about people. He is a lover of Michael Jackson, a wearer of trendy hats and isn’t shy about dancing in front of a crowd.

And, now that he identifies as a boy, he feels more alive than before. Read More

This is the third segment in a three-part series. In Part One, we hear from a transgender child, Q Daily, and his family about his transition to identifying as a boy. In Part Two, we go to school with Q to hear from teachers and his peers. 

Children test boundaries all the time. That’s part of their job: to figure out the rules of their world, and understand how they fit in. It applies to gender roles and identities, too.

We reported this week on Q Daily, a third-grader in Brooklyn, who was born a girl and now identifies as a boy. Read More


Medical Daily – Barnard College Now Accepts Transgender Applicants And Students

Barnard College announced its new student policy will include transgender women.

“In furtherance of our mission, tradition, and values as a women’s college, and in recognition of our changing world and evolving understanding of gender identity, Barnard will consider for admission those applicants who consistently live and identify as women, regardless of the gender assigned to them at birth,” read the college’s official statement. “We will also continue to use gendered language that reflects our identity as a women’s college.” Barnard added this policy doesn’t affect students transitioning during their time at Barnard. Read More


 FOX Channel 5 – Good Day NY – Transgender Panel Discussion


 MSNBC – “All In” with Chris Hayes – Raising Transgender Kids

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 Huffington Post – A Night of a Thousand Genders

‘Girls Toys’ and ‘Boys Toys’ read the two signs hanging above separate display cases at my local Duane Reade store during Christmas last year — the former displaying rows of pink and purple ponies and dolls, the latter filled with blue and green action figures and racing cars. Standing there, two questions immediately came to mind: ‘Why do we need to be told which toys are appropriate for girls and boys?’ and ‘Why are toys even categorized according to a child’s gender?’ But, there was still a more crucial question that even I, a life-long feminist, did not think to ask: “Are there really only two genders?” Read More


 HuffPost Live – Live with Jazz Jennings


 CBS New York – Seen At 11: More Men Participating In Activities Thought To Be Traditionally For Females

Men seems to be participating in activities that were once traditionally thought to be only for women, which may raise the question: is this gender merge making men the new women? Read More


 The Daily Beast – The Real ‘Transparent’: ‘My Dad Transitioned into a Woman’

Her last break-up had been a bad one. It was sudden, heart-wrenching. As a result, Alyssa Brunner, 22, wasn’t looking for anything serious when she met her current boyfriend a few months ago. But he was.

So she decided she’d tell him about her family, in the hopes that it would scare him off. More precisely, she shot off a text message: “I have two moms,” she wrote. “Well, my dad transitioned into a woman.” Read More


New York Daily News – Bruce Jenner Jokes, Speculation Bring Transgender Issues Into Focus

Is Bruce Jenner becoming a woman?

That burning question, circulating for well over a year, has flared into obsession since InTouch Weekly’s audaciously doctored picture captured him in pink lipstick, a silk scarf and a fresh blowout.

The faux-tograph came with a shrieking headline: “Bruce’s Story: My Life as a Woman.”

Is the 65-year-old Olympic gold medalist grappling with gender issues? Or is it all hogwash? Or something in between? Whatever the answer, the gossip magazine managed to get one thing right — It’s Bruce’s story, and it’s his to tell or not. Read More


 Huffington Post Live – A Night of A Thousand Genders

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