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The 2014 suicide of 17-year-old transgender teen Leelah Alcorn put a national spotlight on the issue of conversion therapy, leading Cincinnati Council to ban the practice within the city. At least 11 states have followed suit. A new documentary looks at life after Alcorn's death.

The challenges faced by young people struggling with gender identity in traditionally conforming institutions like schools has gained increasing awareness here and around the country. 

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A new production at the Cincinnati Opera explores the transgender experience and invites the public to join a series of panel discussions. In the contemporary chamber opera As One, a mezzo-soprano and a baritone performer both depict the role of Hannah, a transgender woman.

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In a 2015 survey conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality, 33% of respondents who saw a health care provider in the previous year say they had a negative experience. 

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Seventy-five percent of transgender youth feel unsafe at school and 59 percent have been denied access to restrooms that match their gender identity, according to National Center for Transgender Equality.

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Last month, the Obama Administration instructed public schools to allow transgender students to use the restroom corresponding to their gender identity. Students who are discriminated against may have a legal basis to fight back with these federal guidelines in place.