Trans kids do just fine if you let them, major study says

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Some things seem to be obvious but in the face of ignorance and hate it can’t hurt to lay out the scientific facts. That’s exactly what a study of trans- and cisgender kids recently did. And they found that that trans kids are indeed the same as any other kids.

In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences researchers from the University of Washington’found no difference in gender expression between trans and cis kids.

“Trans kids are showing strong identities and preferences that are different from their assigned sex. There is almost no difference between these trans and cisgender kids of the same gender identity — both in how, and the extent to which, they identify with their gender or express that gender,” wrote lead author Selin Gülgöz.

More than 300 trans children aged between three and 12 took part in the study on gender development, the largest of its kind, along with 189 of their cisgender siblings and a further 316 cisgender control subjects.

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Tell Me Why is the first game to feature a trans protagonist

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Microsoft’s Xbox Game Studios and DONTNOD Entertainment,  the studio behind the hit franchise, Life is Strange, are adding a new chapter to the books of gaming history by featuring a transgender protagonist in an upcoming mystery adventure game.

Tell Me Why follows the story of twins Tyler and Alyson. The pair use their special bond to unravel the mysteries of their troubled childhood.  The game will be set in a small-town in Alaska, and will feature true-to-life characters, mature themes, and gripping choices. Tyler and Alyson are both playable characters in the story, and Tyler is transgender.

“Over the course of the story, players will explore the identical twins’ different memories of key events and choose which memory to believe. Ultimately, the choices players make determine the strength of the twins’ bond — and the future course of their lives.” Tell Me Why game director Florent Guillaume said in a press statement.

According to DONTNOD, the company worked closely with Microsoft and GLAAD to shape Tyler as an authentic representation of the trans experience, as well as a genuine, multidimensional character in his own right. Tyler is voiced by trans actor August Black