Children, Youth, and Family
For some trans and gender diverse youth, family support can be the difference between life and death. When they are supported by their family, they are buffered against bullying and discrimination outside the home. Trans and gender diverse youth who are accepted by their family are more likely to have high self-esteem, strong social support, and good general health.
On the other hand, studies show that being rejected by their family can lead trans and gender diverse youth towards risky behaviors, depression and other mental health problems and in the worst of cases result in homelessness or suicide.
To help trans and gender diverse people and their families, friends and colleagues, APTN produced a series of seven fact sheets, Being Trans In Asia And The Pacific. “I Think I Might Be Trans” And Other Resources. They are based on what our members told us were the most common questions they are asked in their country, and cover issues such as appearance and gender expression, legal and medical transition, and safety.
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