Good morning, readers. I’m Northern Kentucky reporter and resident Jolene Almendarez.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been connecting with transgender teenagers and their families who are facing tough decisions as the new school year starts. You won’t be reading all their stories because being a trans minor in Kentucky right now means living with fear – of potential physical danger, discrimination and bullying.
Two teenagers and their families agreed to share their stories with our readers. As they’ve headed back to the classroom this month, they’ve had to face the most sweeping anti-trans law in the country aimed at minors in schools. That means using bathrooms that clash with their gender identity and facing teachers who can call them by the incorrect pronouns, among many other restrictions.
This is on top of the aspect of the new law that forbids gender-affirming care for minors in the state.
As a result, one of these teens has had to stock up on hormones. Another is in boarding school in another state. They're both considering leaving the state for good.
I hope today's article gives you insight into the lives of teens who don't always get the chance to tell their stories on a major platform. I also hope, if you decide to comment on this article, you remember that the people in it aren’t just fellow Kentuckians. They’re kids. Please, be kind.
What else you need to know Thursday, Aug. 24
🌤️ Weather: High of 98. Hot with more clouds than sunshine.
🍻 Entertainment: Roll out the barrel! It's Oktoberfest season.
🌙 Don't Miss: Blue moons happen all the time. But this one won't appear again this century.
🌻 Things to Do: Need a new profile pic? Here's a list of Greater Cincinnati's Insta-worthy sunflower fields.
⚾ Today in History: On August 24, 1989, Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose agreed to a lifetime ban from baseball.
Before you go: The pumpkins are coming!
Calling all pumpkin spice fans! Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte will soon make its grand entrance into the (not quite) fall season.
The coffee giant shared a cryptic post on social media Wednesday, alluding to the popular drink's return date. The post included the date "8.24" in front of a pumpkin background.
So, it looks like Thursday is the big day! The PSL is making an early reappearance this year. Last year, Starbucks didn't release its fall menu until Aug. 30.
Read more than you ever thought you needed to know about the release (including the other fall items coming to the menu) here.
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