Wendy Chase directs the UConn Speech and Hearing Clinic. It provides help for transgender people working to change how they speak. Bret Eckhardt /Courtesy of Wendy Chase hide caption

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Helping Transgender People Find Their Voice

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter announces new rules allowing transgender individuals to serve openly in the U.S. military, during a news conference at the Pentagon on Thursday. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Pentagon Says Transgender Troops Can Now Serve Openly

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Ethan, Adam, Jen and Allie Slipakoff live in Kennesaw, Ga. Allie is transgender and the family has learned that she is often the best teacher on transgender issues. Courtesy of the Slipakoff family hide caption

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When The Kid Becomes The Teacher: On What It Means To Be Transgender

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Jake Ralston with his father, Jon Ralston. This week, Jake successfully petitioned to change the name and gender on his birth certificate to reflect that he is male. Courtesy of Jon Ralston hide caption

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When Maddy Became Jake: A Father And Son's Enduring Love

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The Triborough Bridge is seen under construction in New York City on July 10, 1935. The bridge, now known as the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, connects Long Island with Manhattan. The Dutch Prime Minister is a fan of the biographer of Robert Moses, who was involved in building the bridge. Associated Press hide caption

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Supporters of House Bill 2 gather for a rally at the North Carolina State Capitol in Raleigh, N.C., on April 11. A recent poll found that nearly 49 percent of North Carolinians support at least some part of the controversial law. Gerry Broome/AP hide caption

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North Carolinians Who Support 'Bathroom Law' Say They're Being Drowned Out

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A bathroom sign welcomes both genders at the Cacao Cinnamon coffee shop in Durham, N.C., on May 3. Jonathan Drake/Reuters hide caption

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When A Transgender Person Uses A Public Bathroom, Who Is At Risk?

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Unisex signs hang outside bathrooms at Toast Paninoteca in Durham, N.C. Sara D. Davis/Getty Images hide caption

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Transgender Rights, The New Front In The Culture Wars

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Jena Lopez with her daughters Sophie, left, and Nora. Research suggests that parental support is the key to good mental health in children who transition. Ian C. Bates for NPR hide caption

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Parent Support May Help Transgender Children's Mental Health

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Jesse Valles (from right,) Isaac Apodaca, Lamar Kellam and Sydney Harrison get in line for the free Sunday dinners offered at the Rebel and Divine church, a congregation in Phoenix that aims to help at-risk youth, many of whom are homeless and transgender. Stina Sieg/KJZZ hide caption

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Pastor Redefines 'Church' For Transgender Youth

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Eduardo Gonzalez is HIV positive. His mother died of AIDS; his father, who's HIV positive, is in jail. The boy lives at Eunime, a Tijuana facility for children whose parents have faced AIDS in their family and who may themselves be infected. Courtesy of Malcolm Linton hide caption

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