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Supportive Families, Healthy Children: Helping Families with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Children

This resource for families of "gay and transgender" children has been designated a "best practice" for suicide prevention. It makes key connections between family acceptance and youth suicide, depression, substance abuse, and HIV and sexually transmitted diseases.

TransYouth Family Allies [more]
Beyond the Binary: A Tool Kit for Gender Identity Activism in Schools [more]
Our Trans Children

This 20 page resource from PFLAG, published in 2009, is designed to help parents, friends, and family become familiar with transgender concerns.

Welcoming Our Trans Family and Friends! [more]
Fact Sheet: Transgender & Gender Nonconforming Youth In School [more]
Supporting Boys or Girls When the Line Isn’t Clear

This 2006 article in the New York Times. Also available in PDF format.

TransYouth Family Allies

TransYouth Family Allies is a well-known non-profit that supports parents of gender variant children.

Families in Transition

Families in Transition (PDF) by Central Toronto Youth Services is a 44-page guide providing comprehensive information, advice and words of support for parents of teens and young adults who have come out as trans. Available in a free PDF or by hard-copy ($10).


Children and Youth

Key Points

Young people are claiming their affirmed gender younger and younger. The particular needs of children and youth are different, in large part because they need to negotiate transition options with parents and other legal guardians. With young children, it is also possible to hormonally prevent puberty, while the child matures.

Trans Basics
Gender vs. Sexuality
Beyond the Binary
Labels and Vocabulary
Myths and Sterotypes
Children and Youth
Is it an Illness?