• Lingerie and Swimwear

    Staten Island mom creates lingerie line for transgender women after daughter comes out

    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — In 2014, South Shore mom Karyn Bello and her family began navigating uncharted territory when her daughter, Lily, came out as transgender. Seven years later, Bello, 51, created her own fashion line of lingerie designed for transgender women and hopes to be an example for parents of transgender people. Her clothing line, named Zhe in reference to the gender-neutral pronoun, includes technology meant to fit transgender women’s bodies and help them feel comfortable in their own skin. “They’re meant to help trans women navigate through the world and through their clothes comfortably without having to worry,”  

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  • Fashion for Kids and Teens

    Transgender kids now have a place to turn to get healthcare and help with transition

    Leo, a South Broward 14-year-old, recalls how “very uncomfortable” he became when his first-grade teacher referred to him with female pronouns. “I hated my body. I did not feel comfortable who I was presenting as. I knew it was not who I truly was,” said Leo, who back then told his mother how he felt, but that “she didn’t understand and she kind of dismissed it.” Six years later, Leo scrawled on his bedroom mirror, “I’m not your daughter anymore.” Mom’s response: “I think I would know if you weren’t my daughter.” A month before school began in 2017, Leo  

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