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You Don’t Have To Be A Gender Expert To Be A Supportive Parent
You Don’t Have To Be A Gender Expert To Be A Supportive Parent

Not long ago, I was with a parent of a child who had recently changed their name and pronouns.  She was clearly tired, so I asked her what was going on, and she told me, “I’m just exhausted from answering so many questions from my family and friends.” This conversation made me think what a […]

Our 2017-2018 Youth Council
Our 2017-2018 Youth Council

We are so excited to have a new group of young people working with Gender Spectrum! Our Youth Council members come from across the country, and work with us throughout the year to create programs, tell their stories, and share how gender is affecting the lives of young people today. We asked our Youth Council […]

A Month of Programs on Gender for Everyone!
A Month of Programs on Gender for Everyone!

This month, Gender Spectrum is launching some amazing new programs that will be exciting for parents, family members, professionals, young people and others.  You can find all of these programs now on our “Gender and Its Dimensions” page, including: Our Online Film Festival, featuring the premiere of the Gender Spectrum film “Understanding Gender: Narratives of […]

Spirit Day 2017!
Spirit Day 2017!

Today we stand with GLAAD for #SpiritDay, to speak out against LGBTQ bullying and stand with LGBTQ youth, who disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities. Pledging to “go purple” on Spirit Day is a way for everyone — forward-thinking companies, global leaders, respected celebrities, neighbors, parents, classmates, and friends — to visibly show […]

Update: Free Online Gender Webinar for Parents, Families & Friends
Update: Free Online Gender Webinar for Parents, Families & Friends

Our free webinar “Dimensions of gender” for parents, families and friends is now scheduled for October 26, details below! DIMENSIONS OF GENDER FOR PARENTS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS (free webinar) Thursday, October 26, 5:00 pm PT/8:00 pm ET Is there someone in your life you would like to have a deeper appreciation for gender diversity? Or maybe […]

Gender Spectrum calls on Congress to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act
Gender Spectrum calls on Congress to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act

In response to the order by the Trump administration calling for an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), Gender Spectrum warns that this move, while harming all Dreamers in the program, will be especially harmful to those children and youth who identify and/or express their gender outside of traditional assumptions regarding […]

Groups Provide Support for Parents Nationwide
Groups Provide Support for Parents Nationwide

In September, Gender Spectrum will host three online support groups for parents of Transgender, Non-binary or otherwise Gender-expansive children and teens: a National Parent Support Group, a Dads Group, and a parents group for Spanish-speaking parents. For our Fall 2017 National Parent Support Group,  parents and caregivers will get together in live, online discussions to […]

Grupo de Apoyo para Padres y Proveedores de Atención de Gender Spectrum
Grupo de Apoyo para Padres y Proveedores de Atención de Gender Spectrum

Criar a unx niñx que se sitúa al margen de las normas de género tradicionales puede ser difícil, por lo que es importante que usted encuentre apoyo en este camino. Usted no está solo(a); comparta sus pensamientos, sentimientos, preguntas y experiencias con otros adultos que están criando niñxs transgénero, no binarios y otrxs niñxs y […]

Gender Spectrum Pre-Teen Group
Gender Spectrum Pre-Teen Group

Gender Spectrum’s online pre-teen group, for young people ages 11 and 12, is coming up soon! This fall teens from all across the country (and globally!) will come together in a safe online space to meet other kids navigating gender and to have a space to just hangout! Whether it’s gender, your favorite TV shows […]

Our 2017 Gender Spectrum Conference
Our 2017 Gender Spectrum Conference

On July 21-23, we had an amazing, successful 2017 Gender Spectrum Conference! We want to thank all of the professionals, teens, children and families who came together to share stories, to play and learn together, to see old friends and make new ones. Your participation makes this event possible. We are already planning for next […]

Trump Tweets on Transgender Troops Display Ignorance of Gender Identity
Trump Tweets on Transgender Troops Display Ignorance of Gender Identity

Statement from Lisa Kenney, Gender Spectrum Executive Director Emeryville, CA- The national nonprofit Gender Spectrum released the following statement in response to President Trump’s tweets earlier today stating that Transgender troops would no longer be accepted or allowed to serve in the U.S. military: Transgender troops effectively serve in our military and militaries around the […]

Strategies to create safe havens for students
Strategies to create safe havens for students

Kim Westheimer, Gender Spectrum’s Director of Strategic Initiatives, wrote an article for the May/June 2017 issue of the American School Counselor Association magazine that focused on how school counselors can help create safe havens for Transgender and Non-binary students in the current political climate.

Register Now! Gender Spectrum Professionals’ Symposium
Register Now! Gender Spectrum Professionals’ Symposium

PROFESSIONALS’ SYMPOSIUM Friday, July 21st, 2017 California State University East Bay Hayward, CA The program for this year’s gathering of professionals committed to gender-affirming care and support for young people is more diverse than ever. Along with some of our popular sessions from past years, such as The Biology of Gender identity: Emerging Understandings, Creating Gender […]

Gender Spectrum Story Time: The Boy & The Bindi
Gender Spectrum Story Time: The Boy & The Bindi

We’re excited to share our third Gender Spectrum Story Time, featuring a book reading and interview with Vivek Shraya, author of The Boy & the Bindi. This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of a boy who wants to wear a bindi, a decoration on the forehead, that is traditionally worn by South Asian women. […]

Strategies to create safe havens for students
Strategies to create safe havens for students

Kim Westheimer, Gender Spectrum’s Director of Strategic Initiatives, wrote an article for the May/June 2017 issue of the American School Counselor Association magazine that focused on how school counselors can help create safe havens for Transgender and Non-binary students in the current political climate.