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OnPoint on WACH Fox: Understanding transgender teens

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - This week on OnPoint on WACH Fox we look at understanding the transgender community, particularly teenagers.

A teen in North Carolina who dreamed of transitioning to female died recently. A fake doctor is charged with murder after being accused of illegally performing plastic surgery on the teen, leading to her death.

Many health professionals aren't surprised, given health care limitations for many transgender teens and societal barriers that leave them feeling like outsider with very few places to turn for guidance.

Suicide is commonplace among trans teens. So is mental illness.

Very often these teens are rejected by their families and end up in the foster care system. A lot of trans teens wind up in group homes until they graduate to the street.

Those situation just scratch the surface of the life challengers faced by many transgender teens, especially when they begin their transition during their adolescent and teenage years.

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