Below is a list of resources that may help trans and gender diverse people, their families, educators and cisgender people wanting to learn more about the trans and gender diverse experience. While I’ll do my best to update this list, please let me know if any of these links don’t work. Bear in mind that there may be content on some of these sites that is not age appropriate for children, and that these links will take you away from my page and on to sites with content that I have not created or endorsed.
While I have divided these websites by country, some of the resources will be useful to people in any country. If you have any suggestions for websites and resources that you think should be on this list, please contact me through this website.
The Safe Schools program is a wonderful resource for schools, and for young LGBTI people and their families. The Safe Schools team work with Australian schools to create a safe and welcoming environment for LGBTI students.
Safe Schools resources which were removed by the federal government due to pressure from Australian anti-LGBTI lobby groups are now being provided by the Victorian state government on this website: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/Pages/safe-schools-coalition.aspx
I particularly want to highlight the ‘All of Us’ resources, aimed at year 7 and 8 students (though some of the activities can be adapted for younger or older children), a collection of short videos and teaching activities designed to assist students in understanding gender diversity, sexual diversity and intersex topics. The glossary and inclusive language list at the end of the booklet is excellent and I highly recommend it for those who are new to the concept of diverse gender and sexual identities.
Transgender Victoria (TGV) is an Australian organisation dedicated to achieving justice, equity and quality health and community service provision for transgender people, their partners, families and friends. TGV provides advice and referrals to trans people, offers training and support to workplaces and service providers, raises awareness about things that matter to the trans community, and liaises with the media to communicate the trans community’s perspective.
Ygender is a peer led social support and advocacy group for trans/gender diverse young people.
Cisgender allies and family members of trans and gender diverse people may like to take a look at their Ally Project (http://www.allyproject.org/).
Minus18 is Australia’s largest youth led organisation for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans youth.
Run by more than 40 youth volunteers, Minus18 offers online support and resources, mental health and peer mentoring support, and social activities for LGBTI young people.
Minus18 have created a resource called OMG I’m Trans, a useful resource for young transgender and gender diverse people (https://minus18.org.au/index.php/resource-packs/omg-i-m-trans)
They run another project, Gender Is Not Uniform (https://minus18.org.au/index.php/resource-packs/gender-is-not-uniform), and provide a guide to pronouns (https://minus18.org.au/index.php/resource-packs/pronouns)
This website has an extensive list of services for transgender children and their families throughout Australia. The website can also put you in touch with support groups for parents.
Transcend is a parent led support network and information hub for transgender children and their families in Australia.
Gender Diversity Australia offers social support for the transgender, intersex, and gender diverse community in Australia. Their Facebook group is a great place to socialise and get advice and support. It is one of the most active gender community discussion groups in Australia.
The Zoe Belle Gender Collective provides online support, referrals, recommendations and resources for the greater trans and gender diverse community in Victoria, Australia. They are also in the process of collating resources on a national scale.
The Gender Centre offers services and support to transgender and gender diverse people, their partners, families and friends in New South Wales. They also act as an education, support, training and referral/resource centre. I recommend their documentary ‘In their Shoes’, available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDuVbsg0eMo
A Gender Agenda works to increase public awareness and understanding of sex and gender diversity issues. In addition to training and education, they provide advocacy and support services, information and resources and are actively engaged in human rights and law reform.
The AGMC Inc is a peak body for individuals/groups from a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer multicultural background.
A community organisation that supports and promotes equality for ‘rainbow’ families (parents and prospective parents who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, transgender or intersex, and their children). This site contains links to books and resources, support and playgroups, and regular events for rainbow families.
I recommend this poster developed by the Rainbow Families Council. While it doesn’t specifically mention trans and gender diverse parents and grandparents, it does encourage acceptance of diverse families generally, and is a colourful and simple resource that young children can understand (http://www.glhv.org.au/files/Poster_people.pdf)
Pride in Diversity is Australia’s first and only national not-for-profit employer support program for all aspects of LGBTI workplace inclusion. Resources can be purchased from their online shop.
The National Center for Transgender Equality is a social justice advocacy organization providing a powerful transgender advocacy presence in Washington, D.C. They work at the local, state, and federal level to change laws, policies and society.
You may find their terminology list helpful, as well as the ‘52 things you can do for Transgender Equality’ list (my favourite is #2!) Visit http://www.transequality.org/about-transgender for these resources.
The Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.
They produce a resource ‘Beyond the Binary’, which provides students and their allies with practical and accessible tools to support their efforts to make schools safe and welcoming for all students regardless of gender identity (http://transgenderlawcenter.org/issues/youth/beyond-the-binary)
The Trans Youth Family Allies (TYFA) work to educate and inform schools, healthcare professionals, service providers and communities about discrimination on the basis of gender identity or gender expression, and form alliances with organisations and individuals to help achieve support services for transgender and gender variant children.
Gender Spectrum provide consultation, training and events designed to help families, educators, professionals, and organizations understand and address the concepts of gender identity and expression.
They offer a huge range of resources for families with trans and genderqueer or nonbinary children, and for schools. The Gender Inclusive Schools Toolkit and ‘Rethinking Schools – It’s OK to be neither’ (https://www.genderspectrum.org/resources/education-2/) may be useful to educators.
Trans Student Educational Resources supply trans resources including some eyecatching graphic resources (http://www.transstudent.org/graphics). They also train teachers, collaborate with other advocacy organisations, host and support events for trans people, help create transgender policies, and promote trans awareness in the media.
Straight For Equality, a national outreach and education project created by PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) to empower and educated new straight allies. Their website links to a terminology list and two resources that may be useful to families and allies of trans people: Our Trans Loved Ones and Guide to Being a Trans Ally.
The Human Rights Campaign is the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. This page contains links to news, campaigns and resources. Their Welcoming Schools project offers many useful resources for educators, including ‘Schools in Transition’ (http://www.welcomingschools.org/pages/support-gender-expansive-transgender-students/).
GLAAD works with print, broadcast and online news sources to bring people stories from the LGBT community that build support for equality. And when news outlets get it wrong, GLAAD is there to respond and advocate for fairness and accuracy. Their ‘Transgender FAQ’ and ‘Tips for Allies’ are simple and clear, and may be helpful to those just learning about trans and gender diverse identities.
Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of LGBTI people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. You can find information on trans rights on their website at www.lambdalegal.org/issues/transgender-rights and a great resource called ‘Bending the Mold: An Action Kit for Transgender Students’ at www.lambdalegal.org/publications/bending-the-mold
The TransYouth Project aims to help scientists, educators, parents, and children better understand the varieties of human gender development. They are leading the first large-scale, national, longitudinal study of development in gender nonconforming, transgender, and gender variant youth. They are recruiting children aged 3–12 who are transgender, gender nonconforming, siblings of gender nonconforming children, as well as control participants (those who are gender conforming) from across the USA for this longitudinal study. Their links page will direct you to organisations supporting transgender children in the USA.
The Rainbow List is a bibliography of books with significant gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning content, and which are aimed at youth, birth through age 18. The list is intended to aid youth in selecting high-quality books that were published between July 2014 and December 2015. The list also is intended to aid as a collection development or readers’ advisory tool for librarians serving children and young adults.
UK AND IRELAND
Stonewall campaigns for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people across Britain. They have a good glossary of terms and their education resources page (http://www.stonewall.org.uk/our-work/education-resources) contains excellent resources for both primary and secondary educators.
GIRES provides a range of resources and services to trans and gender diverse people in the UK. I particularly like their ‘penguin stories’ for young children who are trans and non-binary, and the ‘Kids of Trans Resource Guide’ for older children of trans and gender diverse parents, both available at http://www.gires.org.uk/support/explaining-to-children.
Gendered Intelligence works predominantly with the trans community and those who impact on trans lives; they particularly specialise in supporting young trans people aged 8-25. Their Knowledge Is Power project has sections on pronouns and self-care. They also have a ‘Gender Variance in Primary Schools’ DVD and resources on bullying of trans and gender diverse students (http://genderedintelligence.co.uk/professionals/resources).
Rainbow Teaching is a volunteer run project aimed at supporting teachers in LGBTQIA+ inclusive teaching. The volunteers are LGBTQIA+ members of the teaching and academic communities who are all passionate about equality and inclusion. They have a good list of terms & some excellent educational resources.
The Scottish Transgender Alliance works to improve gender identity and gender reassignment equality, rights and inclusion in Scotland.
The Nonbinary Inclusion Project is a grassroots organisation fighting for the inclusion and recognition of nonbinary people in law, media and everyday life within the UK.
Mermaids provides an online support group for gender variant children and teenagers (aged up to 19), also offering support for parents, carers and others. They also have annual residentials for trans children and their families.
TENI promote the equality and wellbeing of trans people in Ireland, focusing on healthcare, employment, education and legislation. They offer support services, advocacy, workshops and training, and a range of good resources on their website.