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Seventeen Slammed for Transphobic Article


A young LGBT activist has launched a Facebook campaign against Seventeen magazine in response to its publication of an article that portrays transgender people in a highly negative way.

The November issue of the teen glossy includes an article called "True Life Drama: My Boyfriend Turned Out to Be a Girl," written by a young woman named Sheri, as told to editor Jessica Press. In the article Sheri recounts her experience with Derek, who is ultimately revealed to be a young trans man.

"It felt like my whole first love was a lie," Sheri writes, in a piece that equates Derek with men who lie about being fathers or those who have a drug problem.

Activist Ariel Bustamante created a Facebook page asking readers to respond to Seventeen with letters of complaint and demands for an apology.

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