First and foremost, Emergency Contacts:
*National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
*LGBTQ Youth Suicide Hotline: 1-866-4-U-TREVOR
*Trans Lifeline: (USA)877-565-8860; (CANADA)877-330-6366
*LGBTQ Suicide Awareness, Prevention, and Support:
– Gender Spectrum: https://www.genderspectrum.org/
– PFLAG: https://www.pflag.org/
– LGBT Centers Directory: http://www.lgbtcenters.org/Centers/find-a-center.aspx
Printable Materials & Resources
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Our Trans Loved Ones: Questions and Answers for Parents, Families, and Friends of People Who Are Transgender and Gender Expansive
Summary: Our Trans Loved Ones: Questions and Answers for Parents, Families, and Friends of People Who Are Transgender and Gender Expansive. Our Trans Loved Ones is a brand-new, updated resource. Written by PFLAG staff members, and created with the help of content experts, reviewers, and PFLAGers with experience to share, it is full of information, first-person stories, and expert input geared to those who have a loved one who has come out as trans or gender expansive.
Cultivating Respect: Safe Schools For All, The Top 10 Ways To Make Schools Safer… For All Students
Summary: Are you ready to be an advocate for safe schools for all kids? Start here, with this publication created to give you the tools and resources you need to make sure that all kids have access to education in a safe and supportive environment. For too many of our children, attending school can be a frightening experience. And for parents, teachers, counselors, administrators, and other trusted and concerned adults, providing a safe environment for young people can seem like a daunting task, especially when dealing with the issue of how to make not only classrooms, but all school facilities, more welcoming for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students.
This is a BIG update to our safe schools publication, Cultivating Respect: Safe Schools for All. We are grateful to Subaru for their generous support in making this update and re-issue possible.
U.S. Department of Education Guide:
Examples of Policies and Emerging Practices for Supporting Transgender Students
Summary: A great compilation of policies and practices that schools across the country are already using to support transgender students. (2016)
This document contains information from some schools, school districts, and state and federal agencies. Inclusion of this information does not constitute an endorsement by ED of any policy or practice, educational product, service, curriculum or pedagogy. In addition, this document references websites that provide information created and maintained by other entities. These references are for the reader’s convenience. ED does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information. This document does not constitute legal advice, create legal obligations, or impose new requirements.
Straight For Equality: Guide
Summary: the incredibly detailed honest forthright fully comprehensive completely blunt wonderfully helpful and witty exposition on a topic that makes some people stress
because they doubt they understand it or know enough about it but they’ll soon be ready to talk because this compelling and transformative (no pun intended) little publication will answer lots of questions and start to demystify the not-at-all secret world of people who are transgender and become your tried and trusted guide to being a trans ally
Here is a list of resources that have been very helpful to me on my journey to understand gender creativity.
My Recommended Books for Adults:
- Gender Born, Gender Made (Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D.)
- The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Live Outside Gender Boxes (Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D.)
- The Transgender Child (Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper)
- Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous Gender Creative Son (Lori Duron)
- Symptoms of Being Human – Fiction (Jeff Garvin)
My Recommended Books for Children:
- My Princess Boy (Cheryl Kilodavis)
- I am Jazz (Jessica Herthel, Jazz Jennings, & Shelagh McNicholas)
- Jacob’s New Dress (Sarah Hoffman, Ian Hoffman, & Chris Case)
- Red: A Crayon’s Story (Michael Hall)
- One (Kathryn Otoshi)
Books on My To-Read List:
- The Conscious Parents Guide to Gender Identity (Darlene Tando, LCSW)
- Raising Ryland (Hillary Whittington)
- She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders (Jennifer Finney Boylan)
My Recommended Documentaries/Movies:
- For the Bible Tells Me So (My personal favorite documentary of all time)
- Paris is Burning (An oldie but a goodie. ADULT CONTENT, not appropriate for kids)
- Dallas Buyers Club (Inspired by true events. ADULT CONTENT, not appropriate for kids)
- Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Broadway musical, one of my favorites! ADULT CONTENT, not appropriate for kids)
- Southern Baptist Sissies (A Del Shores play that was adapted for screen, another one of my favorites! ADULT CONTENT, not appropriate for kids)
A Good List of Movies that Deal With Transgender Issues:
- https://www.genderspectrum.org/ Gender Spectrum helps to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.
- https://www.pflag.org/ Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization.
- http://www.lgbtcenters.org/Centers/find-a-center.aspx Find your local LGBT Center.
- S.E.A.R.CH. (Safe Environment for the Acceptance of Rainbow Children) My Facebook group to connect families across the world who are raising gender non-conforming children, and their allies. This is a secret Facebook group, but I can add you if you send me a request and are willing to complete a short screening process.