Learning Together

For transgender youth and their families, learning to navigate this new phase in their lives can be a daunting task. It’s common to feel like you don’t understand, but taking on the learning process as a family can make all the difference. Below, we’ve put together a helpful glossary of terms you’ll be hearing as well as provided additional resources where you can learn more support available for transgender children.

Like most cities, Cincinnati has struggled with LGBT inclusivity.

In 1992, City Council passed an inclusive non-discrimination policy, barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The next year, voters repealed that law and wrote discrimination in the City Charter. That law lived on the books for over a decade, responsible for population decline and at least $45 million in lost Convention business.

But in 2004, voters repealed the law, becoming the only successful LGBT ballot initiative in the country that year, when 13 states (including the state of Ohio) banned gay marriage in their constitutions.

And we haven’t looked back since

Cincinnati is the right place.

And now is the right time.

Cincinnati Skyline

2004
Cincinnati’s anti-LGBT law is repealed by voters.

2006
Cincinnati City Council reinstates the Human Rights Ordinance, barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

2011
Chris Seelbach is elected the first openly LGBT person in Cincinnati’s history.

2012
Cincinnati extends equal partner benefits to all City employees.

2013
Children’s Hospital Transgender Clinic opens.

2014
Cincinnati becomes first City in the Midwest, and third in nation, to offer transgender-inclusive healthcare.

2014
Cincinnati scores 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index for the first time, signaling our place as a national leader on LGBT equality.

2014
Cincinnati resident Leelah Alcorn takes her own life, sparking a world-wide conversation on what it means to be transgender and trans-equality.

2015
Cincinnati becomes the first city in the nation to ban conversion therapy for minors.

2015
A total of 327 patients are seen by Children’s Hospital Transgender Clinic.

2015
Cincinnati resident Jim Obergefell takes fight for marriage equality all the way to the United States Supreme Court, resulting in the historic Obergell v. Hodges decision, making marriage equality legal in every state.

2017
Children’s Hospital Transgender Clinic reaches 930 patients, almost 3 times the amount it started with just 4 years earlier.

2017
Living with Change Foundation is launched, aiming to ensure every transgender child has access to the medically necessary care they need to live in a world that is safe and inclusive.

What does Transgender mean?

We use transgender as a shorthand that is all-inclusive and welcoming of the many genders and expressions that exist. Transgender includes identities like trans or transsexual in addition to those who identify as gender fluid, bigendered, non-gendered, and genderqueer. Gender is a spectrum, and we respect and seek to build better communities for people who live at each and every point of that spectrum.

Suggested Resources

For more information on transgender students in our schools, visit: http://www.glsen.org/students/tsr

For resources on transgender youth and the issues they face, including expert advice, visit: http://www.hrc.org/explore/topic/transgender-children-youth

If you—or your children—need someone to talk to, don’t wait. The Trevor Foundationand the TransLifeline are great resources, experienced in transgender youth issues, available 24/7 to talk.

As a general resource for transgender children and families, visit http://www.transyouthequality.org/