Many NMG members, prospective members, and their families look to see if we welcome transgender children in our community.
Our answer is yes. We welcome and include children in our age range who:
- identify as girls
- are transitioning, or have transitioned, to identify as boys
- identify as non-binary
This policy makes our commitment to every child’s privacy and safety unchanged. Since publishing our first issue in 1993, we’ve welcomed girls and boys to read New Moon Girls magazine.
If you have questions about being a transgender child, here are some basics from the National Center for Transgender Equality.
Most children don’t think much about their gender identity. When we’re born, parents and others usually see us as male or female based on what our bodies look like. Most people labeled female at birth identify as girls and women, and most people labeled male at birth identify as boys and men.
But some people’s gender identity – their inner knowledge of who they are – differs from what was assumed at birth. Most of these people describe themselves as transgender.
A transgender girl lives as a girl today but was considered male at birth. A transgender boy lives as a boy today but was considered female at birth. Some transgender people identify as neither male nor female; many call themselves non-binary or a combination of male and female.
There have always been transgender people in the world, but knowledge and conversation are much more open today. Many parents of transgender children become attuned to their child’s inner understanding of their gender identity at a young age, and some acknowledge it later. Transgender children and their parents need support and acceptance in the face of too-frequent misunderstanding, fear, and backlash.
We believe that accepting and supporting a child’s inner knowledge of their gender is critical to New Moon Girl’s mission of building society’s respect for girls, helping girls stay true to their inner selves, and helping parents & allies keep a trusting relationship with girls during the challenging tween and teen years.
We also want to hear what you think, whether you agree with us or disagree. Please tell us here.
Thank you for supporting girls’ voices, interests, abilities, and dreams through creative self-expression, healthy resistance to inequities, peer support, and parent-ally support. Together, we are a fantastic team!
Co-Founder & CEO
New Moon Girls Media