Growing up, transgender teenager Katie Hill knew she should have been born a girl, not a boy. At 18, she transitioned from her male body to a female form. Her boyfriend, Arin Andrews, also knew he’d been born in the wrong body — but in his case, he identified as male, not with his female-born body. The two Oklahoma teens met in a transgender support group and fell in love.
That was before they both moved forward in their respective physical transitions. “I hated my breasts, I always felt like they didn’t belong.” Now, “I finally feel comfortable in my own body,” Andrews said after having his breasts removed last month. “Now when I’m out in a public pool or lifting weights, no one raises an eyebrow. They just think I’m a guy. … I can wear a tank top, which I couldn’t before, and I can go swimming shirtless. I can just be a regular guy. And I’m so lucky to have my family and Katie to rely on.” [SDGLN]
Parents, beware. The ecommerce evil shopping geniuses have found another way for your tweens and teens to beg for money to assuage their clothing habits. Now, instead of asking for the credit card or dragging mom to the mall, websites are adding a “Bill to Parents” option. Your kids can shop away, add their desired treasures to a virtual shopping cart, and then send the lot over to the rents for approval and purchase. Whether mom and dad choose to plop down their credit card for their children’s choices is up to them, so all control’s not lost, but there is a small surcharge for the service. Already sites like PacSun and Amazon have added the option to their site, meaning Abercrombie & Fitch and American Eagle aren’t too far behind. On one hand, it’s a safe way for kids to shop online, but on the other hand, it’s certainly adding to the consumerism and entitled-ness of today’s youth. Whatever, I wonder how I can convince my parents … [Refinery 29] Keep reading »