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FOR PARENTS

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Suicide Prevention

https://sdsuicideprevention.org/specific-populations/lgbtq/

 

Resources

Camp Aranutiq, NH

Summer Camp for transgender and gender diverse children:

(scholarships available)

 

Gender Diversity:

This organization provides family support, works with schools, and provides community-building services to improve the well-being for people of all gender identities and expressions.

Gender Odyssey Family:

An organization that hosts conferences and other means of support for transgender children and their families.

Gender Spectrum:

An organization that provides education, resources and training to help schools, health care providers, and family service agencies create a more gender sensitive and supportive environment for all children including gender variant and transgender youth.

Let's Talk About Intersex

Let's Talk About Intersex

Letters to Advocate:

A public PDF from the ACLU version that students and parents can print or email when advocating for themselves with schools.

Pride Camp, Iowa

Pride Camp, Iowa

Rights - General Employment Rights

National Center for Transgender Equality

 

Rights - Federally Protected Employment Rights

National Center for Transgender Equality
 

Rights - Healthcare Specific Rights

National Center for Transgender Equality
 

Rights - School Specific Rights

National Center for Transgender Equality

 

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. 

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.

The Gender Quest Workbook 

The man who wrote the book is a psychology professor at Rhodes College and a trans man himself who studies suicide among trans and gender nonconforming people. This is a book parents and their trans kids can read together. 

The Two-Spirit people of indigenous North Americans 

An article from The Guardian

TransFamilySOS: 

TransFamily Support Services guides transgender/non-binary youth and their families through the gender transitioning process to help make it the most positive experience possible.  We provide family coaching, assistance with healthcare and insurance issues, help navigating the legal system, and support at schools All services are provided at no fee.

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.

Video: Kat Blaque on pronouns and misgendering:

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.

Why Sex is Not Binary

An article from The New York Times

 

Book Recommendations for Parents
 

Two Spirits, One Heart: A Mother, Her Transgender Son, and their Journey to Love and Acceptance

· Marsha & Aiden Aizumi

He’s Always Been My Son: A Mother’s Story about Raising Her Transgender Son

· Janna Barkin

The Transgender Teen: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Teens

· Stephanie Brill, Lisa Kenney

The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals

· Stephanie A Brill, Rachel Peppe

Parenting Beyond Pink & Blue: How to Raise Your Kids Free of Gender Stereotypes

· Christia Spears Brown

Gender Identity: Beyond Pronouns and Bathrooms

· Maria Cook, Alexis Cornell

A Practical Guide to Understanding Gender Variance: Including Intersex, Trans, Non-Binary & Gender Fluid Individuals

· Helen Dale

Transgender Profiles: Time for a Change

· Linda Defruscio-Robinson

I Promised Not to Tell: Raising a Transgender Child

· Cheryl B. Evans

My Parenting Journey with a Transgender Child

· Cheryl B. Evans

What Does God Think?: Transgender People and The Bible

· Cheryl B. Evans, Colby Martin

This is How it Always Is

· Laurie Frankel

Sid Doesn’t Feel Like a Boy or a Girl!

· Dylan Greenberg

Red: A Crayon’s Story

· Michael Hall

Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians

by Austin Hartke

The Sign Around My Neck

· Lucas Hasten

Trans Voices: Becoming Who You Are

· Declan Henry, Stephen Whittle

Parts and Hearts: A Kids (and Grown-Ups) Guide to Transgender Transition

· Jenson J. Hillenbrand

How to Understand Your Gender

· Alex Lantaffi

Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen

· Jazz Jennings

My Princess Boy

· Cheryl Kilodavis, Suzanne DeSimone

Helping Your Transgender Teen, 2nd Edition: A Guide for Parents

· Irwin Krieger

Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey between Genders

· Joy Ladin

Families in Transition

· Arlene I. Lev & Andrew R. Gottlieb

Raising Rosie: Our Story of Parenting an Intersex Child

· Stephanie & Eric Lohman

Trans Kids and Teens: Pride, Joy, and Families in Transition

· Elijah C. Nealy

Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family

· Amy Ellis Nutt

Thriving Through Transition: Self-Care for Parents of Transgender Children

· Denise O'Doherty

Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children 

· Rachel Pepper

Who Are You?: The Kids Guide to Gender Identity

· Brook Pessin-Whedbee, Naomi Barduff

The Daughter We Didn’t Know We Had: The Tears, Fears, and Joys of a Mother of a Transgender Child

· Marilyn Phillips

Trans-Gender: Theology, Ministry, and Communities of Faith

· Justin Sabia-Tanis

God Doesn’t Make Mistakes: Confessions of a Transgender Christian

· Laurie Suzanne Scott

Becoming Eve: My Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman

· Abby Stein

Raising Ryland: Our Story of Parenting a Transgender Child with Strings Attached

· Hillary Whittington

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