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    Hi. I'm Willow, I'm a 16 year old transgender girl. My parents are transphobic and emotionally abusive.
    I hate living with my parents and I was planning to move out with I’m 18, but I wanted to go on google and see if I could do it sooner.
    I found out that 16 and 17 year olds can move out, but it’s complicated.
    It’s totally fine if I get my parents’ permission, but that’s never happening. I could do it without my parents’ permission and run to my aunt’s house (I was thinking I would move in after I turn 18 anyway). But that also causes some problems. The government could get involved. They might have me go back home or they could let me stay. It all depends on how well I explain things (and how my family explains it). There’s also a small chance that they could charge my aunt with harboring a runaway or my parents for abuse. That probably won’t happen though as my parents aren’t abusive enough and my aunt is my aunt and I like to see her a lot anyway.
    I could take it to court and plead my case and I think that could work because, in my opinion, I go through enough where it’s justified. Though the judge might not see it that way and my parents might explain things in a way that makes them seem like the good guys.
    Should I go through with it? I can barely handle anymore my parents' transphobic emotional abuse and I can’t handle my body and I want to transition already and my parents won’t let me.
    I’m super split on this and I could use some advice.

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    Hi there,

    Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. It seems there is a lot that you are faced with right now with your parents and you’re feeling like leaving is one of your only options. We want you to know that we support you in finding safe and comfort wherever you live, and you do not deserve to be treated poorly because of your parents’ transphobia.

    It sounds like you’ve thought about some options for leaving home with thoughtfulness and consideration. You are correct with any of these options, including running away or pursuing emancipation, comes with some risks and potential consequences for yourself and your family members. We unfortunately can’t give you advice or tell you what to do, but we can best support you by talking more about your options for leaving home through our 24/7 hotline or live chat service.

    You are so strong for having gone through so much without having the acceptance that you do deserve for just being you. Remember that you are not alone. If you ever want to talk more, you can always contact us via our hotline or live chat. The Trans Hotline at 877-565-8860 is another option to gain great support from those that are familiar with the issues and experiences of those that are also a part of the transgender community. You can access their website link bellow to utilize all the other possibly useful resources they have to offer:

    Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); (click on the chat button).

    If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.

    Be safe,
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

    National Runaway Safeline
    [email protected] (Crisis Email)
    1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)


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