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Special thanks to Conrad N. Hilton Foundation for its support.


  • Videographer: Deborah S. Esquenazi
  • Editor: Roger Newton

“Every time I went to a new group home, it was like: ‘you’re a girl; you have to have girl things,'” said Luke McNamara, 25, who recounts the abuse and humiliation he faced as a transgender youth growing up in the California foster care system. This new visual media piece on foster care and transgender youth can now be found on the Youth Today and JJIE websites and YouTube.