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Growing Up Transgender In N.H.

Jeffrey Beall

While most have long been familiar with the L, G, and B of LGBT, many still don’t know much about the T: transgender. Individuals who are transgender are not comfortable with the gender they were assigned at birth and come to identify as another. We look at the youngest making this transition: kids under eighteen, and the challenges that they face.


  • Jennifer Bois - counselor and gender specialist in Nashua. She specializes in working with transgender individuals and those struggling with any other gender identity concerns, and facilitates several support groups for transgender people and their families.
  • Sarah - a fourteen year old girl who is transgender. She is living in New Hampshire.
  • Tom - father of Sarah, a fourteen year old transgender girl.


  • Dr. Jerrold Olshan - pediatric endocrinologist and the medical director of the Gender Clinic at the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine.
Read more:


  • Transgender - New Hampshire, which supports and builds community between transgender and other gender non-conforming people in New Hampshire.
  • Trans Youth Equality Forum, which shares information about the unique needs of this community, and partners with families, educators and service providers to help foster a healthy, caring, and safe environment for all transgender children.
  • Camp Arunu'tiq, which is a non-profit program serving transgender and gender-variant youth and their families. Their flagship program is a two-week overnight camp for ages 8-15.
  • PFLAG is an organization for parents, families, friends, and allies united with people who are LGBT. They run four support groups in N.H.
  • Transgender Students' Rights in New Hampshire

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