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Trans teen in Iowa says he's faced little discrimination. Recent laws could change that for other trans youth.

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Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

Jared Moninger began to question his gender identity at a young age. It wasn't until he found out his middle school choir was separated by gender that he decided to tell his mother, Sara Moninger. He was met with acceptance.

He began receiving gender-affirming care soon after and — at 18 years old — Sara Moninger says he's thriving. As bills passed at the Statehouse target care of trans youth, Sara and Jared share their story with Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe.


  • Jared Moninger, Iowa student
  • Sara Moninger, Jared's mother
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Dani Gehr is a producer for River to River and Talk of Iowa. Dani came to Iowa from her hometown in the northwest suburbs of Chicago to attend Iowa State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism, international studies and French. Before coming to IPR, Dani covered local government in Story County for the Ames Tribune and Des Moines Register.