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Getting Ready for the School Year
Getting Ready for the School Year

The very best time for setting your child up for success is before the school year gets going. Join Gender Spectrum’s Joel Baum and Pam Wool for this online discussion ​series for parents to hear some helpful tips and ask your questions about navigating gender and your child’s school. Getting ready for the school year: session 1 Monday, […]

Urgent: Act Now to Save California’s Inclusive Sex Ed — Comments Due by June 29
Urgent: Act Now to Save California’s Inclusive Sex Ed — Comments Due by June 29

The California Department of Education is in the process of updating the Health Framework, which provides the guidelines for Health and Sexuality education in all public schools throughout the state. In 2015, the California legislature passed the California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA); the curriculum includes material on Sexual orientation and Gender identity and has been […]

Donor Spotlight: Gwen Lonigro
Donor Spotlight: Gwen Lonigro

Gwen Lonigro is the founder of Brutus and Butch, a line of green, vegan, certified organic and natural hair care products for sale online and in select salons. We reached out to hear her story of how she created the company as a way to give back to Gender Spectrum and the LGBT organizations that […]

Why the Spectrum Matters
Why the Spectrum Matters

Guest blog by Elizabeth Denevi When considering diversity and how it impacts academic achievement, many schools rely on binary thinking: the placement of girls vs. boys in higher level math and science classes or the number of Black students in a predominantly white school. While we certainly need to address the gender and racial inequities that […]

Volunteers Needed for the Gender Spectrum Conference
Volunteers Needed for the Gender Spectrum Conference

Our annual Conference and Professionals’ Symposium will take place this year on Friday, July 6 through Sunday, July 8 at St. Mary’s College of California in Moraga, and we need you to help make these events a success! Last year, nearly 1,000 people attended the weekend Conference, which includes adult workshops on gender and supportive […]

A Call for a Better Tomorrow
A Call for a Better Tomorrow

Note: While Gender Spectrum provides resource lists of books, we do not generally single out titles for recommendation. However, it is important for all of us to share the stories of people who share our identities – those who have come before us, but also those working for equality today. Sarah McBride is one of […]

Madison Schools Step Up for Transgender Inclusion
Madison Schools Step Up for Transgender Inclusion

While it may feel at times that an array of forces seem to be turning back gains made by Transgender and Non-binary students, there remains a large and growing group of professionals and institutions across the country dedicated to supporting their needs at school. One shining example is Madison Metropolitan School District in Madison, WI. For years, […]

Meet the Trans Students Who Beat Trump in Court
Meet the Trans Students Who Beat Trump in Court

The Trump Administration has stated they will announce a revised policy on Transgender troops on February 21. This Teen Vogue video features Gender Spectrum Board Member Shannon Minter, Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, who represented three transgender students who are challenging Trump’s military trans ban. For more information, to find out […]

A Journey To Parental Support
A Journey To Parental Support

A remarkable email led to my recent conversation with Paula*, a parent who has relied on Gender Spectrum for resources, referrals and other support over the past 18 months. In response to our announcement of an upcoming daylong workshop for parents in Houston, Paula wrote that she and her husband would attend. “We are VERY […]

How to Find a Welcoming Faith Community for Your Family
How to Find a Welcoming Faith Community for Your Family

For parents of Gender-expansive youth, faith spaces like synagogues, churches, and mosques can feel a bit scary. Many of us have heard horror stories about faith leaders rejecting LGBTQ+ people, and some of us may have actually experienced this rejection personally. But you may be encouraged to know that, according to the 2015 US Transgender […]

One Mom’s Faith Journey
One Mom’s Faith Journey

The story of a mom of a Transgender child who came from a conservative Christian background Our Director of Family Services Pam Wool recently spoke with a Mom who faced a clash between her Evangelical faith community and her transgender child. Hear this Mom’s touching story below, or listen and/or download via our Soundcloud page, […]

TRUTH: A Trans Youth Storytelling Project
TRUTH: A Trans Youth Storytelling Project

Our friends at the Transgender Law Center and GSA Network have launched TRUTH, a wonderful youth-led program for trans and gender nonconforming young people to build public understanding, empathy, and a movement for liberation through storytelling and media organizing. Beginning in 2015, the project launched with five videos from transgender young people and families. The platform has allowed transgender […]

Title IX: 12 Things That Advocates and Educators Want You To Know
Title IX: 12 Things That Advocates and Educators Want You To Know

Click here for background on Title IX and what you can do to protect this law! We asked a distinguished group of advocates and educators for their comments on the federal equal education law known as Title IX. Here is what they had to say about Title IX’s history and status today (click on any […]

Family Acceptance, Faith, and Transgender Youth
Family Acceptance, Faith, and Transgender Youth

Public conversations about Transgender and nonbinary youth often cite research which identifies transgender youth as being at increased risk for negative outcomes in areas related to mental health, substance abuse, and general well-being. Not merely abstract numbers, these statistics represent of a degree of suffering that no parent wants to see for their child. Fortunately, […]

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 scheduled for April 26, details below! DIMENSIONS OF GENDER FOR PARENTS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS Thursday, April 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 you would like […]

Gender Spectrum Story Time: Hello, My Name is Octicorn
Gender Spectrum Story Time: Hello, My Name is Octicorn

We can’t wait for you to watch our fourth Gender Spectrum Story Time featuring illustrator Justin Lowe reading Hello, My Name is Octicorn! This wonderful book, written by Kevin Dillon and illustrated by Justin Lowe, is not only entertaining, but also tells a story with an important message of kindness and friendship. Reading this book with […]