Schools in Transition A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students
in K-12 Schools. This first-of-its-kind guide publication for school administrations, teachers,
and parents about how to provide safe and supportive environments for all
transgender students, kindergarten through twelfth grade. We are one of
the groups that authored it. Some of the legal info in it is less certain
now as some key cases work their way through the courts, so we suggest
people contact us about any legal questions they have.
Gender Odyssey Family An organization that hosts conferences and other means of support for transgender children and their families.
Gender Spectrum An organization that hosts conferences and other means of support for transgender children and their families.
The Family Acceptance Project does research on how family acceptance or rejection impacts the long-term outcomes for LGBT kids. Everything they’ve done points to family acceptance as the single most important factor for these young people.
TransYouth Family Advocates A coalition of parents, friends and caring adults dedicated to educating and raising public awareness about the medical and cultural challenges faced by children with gender-variant and gender-questioning identities and the families who love them.
Gender Diversity This organization provides family support, works with schools, and provides community-building services to improve the well-being of people of all gender identities and expressions.
Camp Aranu’tiq Annual summer camps for transgender and gender-nonconforming children, teens, and their families. The camps are in New England and California but welcome campers from anywhere. I have friends whose trans 12-year-old went to this camp last summer and she just loved it.
Drugwatch has created the LGBTQ+ Comprehensive Health & Well-being Guide which deals comprehensively with issues that disproportionately affect the LGBTQ+ community, including suicide, homelessness, and substance abuse.
Parents of Transgender Children Facebook Group This is a closed Facebook group, which means that you have to request to join and people who aren’t members can’t view your posts. However, your friends CAN see that you’ve joined the group so be mindful of that if you decide to check it out. You don’t want to inadvertently out your child just by joining!
Kat Blaque is a trans YouTube vlogger and in this video, she explains what it feels like for her when someone uses male pronouns to refer to her. Adjusting to new pronouns is often so hard for parents that they just give up on trying, and this is a good primer on why they really need to work through that and use their child’s pronouns.
Books that you might want to check out
The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Live Outside Gender Boxes These two are classics of the field. A lot of parents have told me how helpful they found these two books.
The Transgender Teen: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Teens This is a new work by the authors of The Transgender Child.
The Gender Quest Workbook The is a fascinating book by a man who is both a psychology professor at Rhodes College and a trans man himself. He studies suicide among trans and gender-nonconforming people. This is a book parents and their trans kids often read together.