About Gender Spectrum

Our Mission

Gender Spectrum provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens.

What We Do

In a simple, straightforward manner, we provide consultation, training and events designed to help families, educators, professionals, and organizations understand and address the concepts of gender identity and expression. Our accessible, practical approach is based on research and experience, enabling our clients to gain a deeper understanding of gender all along the spectrum.

We present an overview of how society currently defines gender and how these restrictive definitions can be detrimental to those who do not fit neatly into these categories. We then help you identify and remove the obstacles so all are free to be our authentic selves.

Our Staff

Stephanie Brill- Executive Director

Stephanie Brill is the Executive Director of Gender Spectrum. Stephanie is featured speaker and trainer on issues of the developmental stages of gender variance in children for medical grand rounds, city and county health departments, early childhood specialists, health care professionals, mental health care specialists, and many other social service organizations.

Stephanie is also the co-founder of the Children's Hospital Oakland support group for parents of gender variant and transgender children. She regularly leads gender diversity trainings for public and private schools across the country.

Stephanie is the co-author of The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals. Her previous books, The Queer Parent's Primer and The New Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth were heralded as groundbreaking works. With numerous articles and publications, Stephanie is a sought-after contributor to radio & TV shows, magazines, journals, and books including: 20/20, The San Francisco Chronicle, All Things Considered, This American Life, and The New York Times.

Joel Baum- Director, Education & Training

Joel Baum, M.S., is the Director of Education and Training for Gender Spectrum. Joel began his career as an award-winning middle school science teacher and school administrator, and more recently served as a district administrator in Oakland, California. Joel is also a professor of Educational Leadership at California State University, East Bay where he has developed two distinct administrative credential programs.

Working with schools, medical professionals, therapists, universities and other organizations, Joel facilitates trainings, conducts workshops, develops curriculum, consults with parents and professionals, and provides resources in service of a more compassionate understanding of the complexity of gender. Along with Stephanie Brill, he leads the monthly parent support groups at Oakland Children's Hospital. He has been featured on All Things Considered, The New York Times, Newsweek, and various other publications and media. Joel is a member of the National Safe Schools Roundtable and California Safe Schools Steering Committee.


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Contact Information

We would love to hear from you. Please give us a call, or send an email.

Phone: 510-567-3977

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