For Adults Supporting Gender Expansive Youth
This beautiful letter by Harper Keenan says it all.
And here is a great new resource from Human Rights Campaign:
And other books by experts in the field:
- The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals by Stephanie A. Brill and Rachel Pepper
- The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Live Outside Gender Boxes by Diane Ehrensaft
- Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender-Nonconforming Children by Diane Ehrensaft
- Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt
- Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous Gender Creative Son by Lori Duron
- Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Rachel Pepper
Working on making your school more Gender Inclusive?
Gender inclusive schools celebrate gender diversity and recognize that gender impacts ALL students. They question limited portrayals of gender and interrupt binary notions of gender, supporting self-reflection and teaching empathy and respect.
Gender Spectrum provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens. They offer a number of resources for schools and families, including the Gender Inclusive Schools Toolkit and many others:
Schools in Transition – This guide for parents, educators, administrators, and community members offers guidance and tips on supporting transgender students at school.
Initial School Meeting – This document guides families through key items to discuss in an initial meeting with school officials.
Gender Support Plan – This document offers a framework for shared understandings about how a student’s authentic gender will be supported at school. It should be completed together by school staff, caregivers, and the student.
Bathroom FAQ – This document addresses many of the common questions that arise for school and district leaders as they work to create gender inclusive schools.
And if you are interested in making bigger changes in your school or school district:
- Develop a School-site Action Plan using Gender Spectrum’s Framework for Gender Inclusive Schools, Assessment Tool and Action Planning Tool and encourage ongoing assessment and discussion about school climate.
- Advocate for School Board Policy like this one, adopted by Berkeley Unified in December 2013: Board Policy (BP 5157) and Administrative Regulations (AR 5157) for Gender Identity and Access.
Contact us for even more ideas about how to help your school be more gender inclusive!