Recently, it seems that there has been a boom in the presence of non-gender conforming youth related articles circulating in the mainstream media(for example here). Almost eerily coincidental this increase in mainstream visibility coincided with an increased interaction for me, as INTRAA's Advocacy Coordinator, with parents who are supporting their gender questioning kids in various amazing ways. A new organization, loosely affiliated with national PFLAG, Transgender Youth Family Advocates (TYFA) that is based partly in Indiana contacted myself and members of the leadership of INTRAA in an effort to start sorting out how we can support each other and work together for our common goals.
These issues aren't just large urban issues. They are alive and well right here in the Midwest. I have done in person advocacy in a local school for a six year old gender queer kid. Sitting alongside his parents and insisting that the school is responsible for his safety and educating themselves about his issues was one of the most rewarding experiences that I have had since starting to be an activist. One of the important lessons for me about this is how repressive our binary gender system is for everyone not just those who transgress its boundaries by choice, destiny or biology.