Gender Identity & Sexuality

Transgender, Non-Binary and Gender Expansive Youth Books for Middle and High School Students [downloadable]

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Welcoming Schools is the most comprehensive bias-based bullying prevention program in the nation to provide LGBTQ+ and gender inclusive professional development training, lesson plans, booklists and resources specifically designed for educators and youth-serving professionals.

Welcoming Schools secondary book lists are designed to help educators create classrooms, libraries and schools that are affirming of LGBTQ+ students, families and staff with high quality literature. Read more ›

How to Talk to Kids About Gender

Discussing gender can help kids feel more confident in themselves and supported by their parents and caregivers, says Dr. Christy Olezeski, director of Yale’s pediatric gender program, which helps people ages three to 25 who are grappling with questions about their gender. Read more ›

Affirming, Gender-Expansive Children’s Books

When is the right time to talk to children about gender identity and gender expression?  Children internalize messages about gender from a very young age, so it’s never too early to start.

If you’re feeling unsure about how navigate these conversations, you’re not alone. One way to begin to explore the topic is through books. Read more ›

Autism and Gender Dysphoria

Survey data from Autism Parenting Magazine reveals almost 6% of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have some form of gender dysphoria. Read more ›

The Trans Experience

We hear more about gender expression these days than we used to. Yet it’s rare to hear a raw, firsthand account about what it really feels like when your gender identity doesn’t match your biological gender — from shame and stigma to self-awareness and acceptance. Read more ›

Transgender and Gender Diverse Teens: How to Talk to and Support Them [video]

For parents and caregivers, knowing how to talk to their children about gender can present a steep learning curve. Read more ›

What Transgender Teens Need From Their Parents

When teenagers confide that they are transgender or uncertain about their gender identity, their parents may be unsure how to offer support.

To understand what types of family support transgender adolescents consider helpful, a Stanford research team asked 25 of them for their thoughts. The team also interviewed the teens’ parents. Read more ›

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Transgender and Nonbinary Teens Share Their Stories in New Book Series

lgbtqq308Gia Parr has always dreamed of returning to her elementary school one day to help its students and staff understand who transgender people are.

Ms. Parr, 17, is planning to visit her former school to read from her book, “A Kids Book About Being Transgender,” which was based on her own story of transitioning in middle school and embracing her identity as a transgender teen. Read more ›

Understanding Trans Teens: Trans Resources For Parents

In more and more communities across the United States, transgender teens are comfortable coming out. That’s good news. But it’s also meant a learning curve—sometimes a steep one—for parents who are unfamiliar with transgender issues. Read more ›

Safe Spaces for Teens Aren’t Controversial, They’re Critical. Here’s Why.

When the researchers Carl Hanson and Quinn Snell set out to identify the top 10 factors that predicted suicidal thoughts and behavior in 179,000 Utah high school students, they had no preconceived notions. Instead, they fed years worth of survey responses from those teens, who’d answered questions about things like school involvement, family life, and mental health, into 100 different machine learning models, eager to let the data lead them to a conclusion. Read more ›

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