LGBTQ+ Youth & Families

Gender Diversity increases the awareness and understanding of the wide range of gender diversity in children, adolescents, and adults by providing family support, building community, increasing societal awareness, and improving the well-being for people of all gender identities and expressions.

The Trevor Project

Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.


GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.

Trans Lifeline

Trans Lifeline is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the well being of transgender people. It runs a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people.

Gender Proud

Gender Proud’s advocacy work aims to uplift transgender communities around the globe, with specific focus on empowering marginalized to advocate for their own legal rights.

Gender Spectrum

Gender Spectrum’s mission is to create a gender-inclusive world for all children and youth.

Healthy Children is the only parenting website backed by 66​,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

Transgender Youth Equality Foundation

For youth and their families.

National Geographic

Source for information on how science is helping us understand gender.

We Happy Trans

Provides a platform for trans people to share positive stories.

TransLife Center

Chicago House’s TransLife Center (TLC) launched in 2013 to provide comprehensive programming and support to transgender individuals.

Stand with Trans

The mission of Stand with Trans is to provide the tools needed by transgender youth so they will be empowered, supported, and validated as they transition to their authentic life.

Trans Student Educational Resources

Trans Student Educational Resources is a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment.


Transgender inclusion in athletics.

Trans Tech Social Enterprises

Career skill training.

Trans Employment Program

The Trans Employment Program (TEEI) at the San Francisco LGBT Center is a unique, collaborative program designed to help create inclusive workplaces and jobs for trans and gender non-conforming people. It operates in the SF Bay Area and has connections with partner programs in other cities.

The California Trans Workplace Project

The TransCanWork Mission is to promote California as a “truly transgender positive workplace” and create a model for the remainder of the country.

Trans Women of Color Collective

TWOCC is a grass-roots funded global initiative created to offer opportunities for trans people of color, their families and their comrades to engage in healing, foster kinship, and build community.

Black Trans Advocacy

Black Trans Advocacy is a national social justice organization working to overcome violence and injustice in the world through the power, value, and love of all people.

Trans Latina Coalition

For Latina immigrants in the U.S.

The Comprehensive Gender Services Program (CGSP) at Michigan Medicine helps transgender, gender nonconforming, and non-binary adults access and obtain the highest quality gender affirming medical care.

Supporting & Caring for Transgender Children: American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians & the Human Rights Campaign

More and more of us are hearing the stories of transgender children, and many people know a child in their community who may be transgender. It’s natural to have questions about why families choose to affirm their child’s gender identity—and how relatives, friends and community members can help. Supporting & Caring for Transgender Children is a groundbreaking resource that explains how families and healthcare professionals are helping transgender children thrive.

A Guide for Schools on Department of Education Guidance

On May 13, the U.S. Department of Education offered guidance to schools clarifying that transgender students have the right to be free from discrimination in schools, including the ability to use gender-separated facilities (such as restrooms and locker rooms) that match their gender identity. This guidance follows similar policies in states and school districts across the country, including many that have been treating transgender students with dignity and respect for more than a decade.

Understanding Gender

People tend to use the terms “sex” and “gender” interchangeably. We assign a newborn’s sex as either male or female*, based on their genitals. Once a sex is assigned, we presume the child’s gender. While our gender may begin with the assignment of our sex, it doesn’t end there. A person’s gender is the complex interrelationship of three dimensions.

National Geographic: Gender Revolution

Katie Couric travels across the U.S. to talk with scientists, psychologists, activists, authors and families about the complex issue of gender.

National Geographic: How Science is Helping Us Understand Gender

Freed from the binary of boy and girl, gender identity is a shifting landscape. Can science help us navigate?

A Silent Crisis: Resource Guide for Creating Safe Schools

Includes a wealth of information for teachers, counselors, administrators, and others who want to learn more about creating conditions for learning that are physically and emotionally safe for all students, including those who are, or are perceived to be, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ).

They Aren’t Confused: Landmark Study Shows Transgender Children Have Consistent, Deeply Held Gender Identity

Transgender children as young as 5 years-old demonstrate consistent gender identity across a variety of implicit gender-association measures, according to a landmark study to be published in the journal Psychological Science.

Bullying is Lowered for All Kids When Schools Have LGBTQ Inclusive Policies – Leads to Improved Performance for All

It is now well-known that LGBTQ students often have a hard time in school, including feeling unsafe and being bullied, and those experiences are strongly linked to academic, mental health, and other problems for LGBTQ youth. For over a decade now, schools have been trying strategies to create safer schools for LGBTQ and all students.

Gender Identity Development in Children

Being a boy or a girl, for most children, is something that feels very natural. At birth, babies are assigned male or female based on physical characteristics. This refers to the “sex” of the child.  When children are able to express themselves, they will declare themselves to be a boy or a girl (or sometimes something in between); this is their “gender identity.”

Landmark Study to Track ‘Pioneer’ Generation of Transgender Children

A new study by Kristina Olson, a University of Washington assistant professor of psychology, aims to provide insight that could help parents like Mack. The study’s initial results, which are being published soon in Psychological Science, involved 32 transgender children ages 5 to 12 from around the U.S. who are living as their identified gender in all aspects of their lives and in supportive environments.

For Transgender Kids, Support is Key to Well Being

Studies of mental health among transgender people in the United States have been consistently grim, showing higher rates of depression, anxiety and suicide. But almost nothing is known about the mental health of a new and growing generation of transgender Americans — prepubescent children who are living openly as transgender with the support of their families. How do those children fare in an environment of openness and family support? When their gender identity is affirmed, are they happy?

Pediatricians & Health Care Professionals Speak Out Against Legislation Targeting Trans Youth

Video highlighting health care professionals who are speaking out against dangerous and appalling legislation targeting transgender students – including bills currently pending in Tennessee and South Carolina.

A Comprehensive Guide To The Debunked “Bathroom Predator” Myth

Conservatives have long peddled the myth that sexual predators will exploit nondiscrimination laws to sneak into women’s restrooms by pretending to be transgender. The “bathroom predator” myth has been repeatedly debunked — by experts and government officials in 16 states and the District of Columbia, and school administrators in 23 school districts and four universities. Despite overwhelming evidence, many media outlets continue to uncritically repeat the debunked myth peddled by anti-LGBT groups.

Protective School Climates and Reduced Risk for Suicide Ideation in Sexual Minority Youth

Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) youth living in states and cities with more protective school climates are significantly less likely to report one-year suicidal thoughts than LGB youths living in states and cities with less protective school climates.

Transgender Resources

GLAAD’s helpful list of resources for transgender people in crisis, transgender organizations, transgender programs at LGBT organizations, and general information and resources.

PBS: Growing Up Trans

Just a generation ago, it was adults, not kids, who changed genders. But today, many children are transitioning, too — with new medical options, and at younger and younger ages. In Growing Up Trans, FRONTLINE takes viewers on an intimate and eye-opening journey inside the struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their families.

Debi Jackson: That’s Good Enough

Debi shares the story of her daughter, who transitioned from male to female when she was four years old. She challenges the ignorant comments she hears about having a transgender child.

New York Times Transgender Today

Being transgender today is still unreasonably hard, but it is far from hopeless. This series looks at the challenges ahead.

Melissa McLaren: This Isn’t the Same Thing as Pretending Your Child Is a Dog

Huffington Post writer responds to questions about transgender children.

Wayne and Nicole Maines

Nicole and Wayne Maines sit down for an enlightening discussion about The Trans List, gender identity and Nicole’s battle for transgender rights. Interested? See their entire lecture here.