Growing up is full of questions – as it should be. From…

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Growing up is full of questions – as it should be. From grade school to high school and beyond, everyone’s trying to figure out what works, how to navigate the world and maintain a sense of self in the face of so many outside pressures. Posing some questions can be more difficult than others, especially when the answers may confront social norms about gender and sexuality.

As our culture changes and more awareness is brought to lifestyles outside of the mainstream, TV shows like Glee are embracing the problems facing transgender youth, cross-dressing youth, and those who might be questioning their gender to promote a culture of understanding. In a recent episode of Glee, a new character, Wade, is introduced. Wade who identifies as Unique, a gregarious, disco-singing female. Unique, sporting towering silver heels and a black dress, is a huge hit as one of the central musical performances of the episode.

As part of the recent Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) media awards, Chaz Bono, a famous transgender activist, was given the Stephen F. Kolzak Award for an openly LGBT media professional making a significant difference in promoting equality. Like Glee, Bono capitalizes on his position in the media to educate on the issues facing and build support around the LGBT community. As part of that support, staff at 1-800-RUNAWAY are always available to talk and provide resources.

– Colin