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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 […]

DEADLINE EXTENDED! 2018 Gender Spectrum Art Contest
DEADLINE EXTENDED! 2018 Gender Spectrum Art Contest

WE HAVE EXTENDED THE DEADLINE FOR THE ART CONTEST! The NEW deadline for submissions is Sunday, March 11th at 11:59 P.M. We are excited to announce the 2018 Art Contest for our annual Conference. All artists, and especially children and teens, are encouraged to submit your visual art, which we will use at the events and […]

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 […]

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 January 25, details below! DIMENSIONS OF GENDER FOR PARENTS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS Thursday, January 25, 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 […]

A Mother’s Promise
A Mother’s Promise

A New York Times video series recently featured a short animation with Laurin Mayeno, a Bay Area parent, author and founder of Out Proud Families. Laurin previously joined with Gender Spectrum to record a “Story Time” reading of her children’s book, One of a Kind Like Me/Único Como Yo. Laurin’s “Story Time” videos are available for […]

The World of Gender
The World of Gender

Across cultures, gender is understood in many different and complex ways. Various cultures and regions have a wide range of responses to gender differences: in some places, third and multiple genders are accepted and even revered. But of course, in other cases, people who identify with genders that are outside of the male/female binary are […]

Gender-Inclusive Summer Camps: A Free Webinar for Camp Professionals
Gender-Inclusive Summer Camps: A Free Webinar for Camp Professionals

Camp professionals get lots of questions from prospective parents. Will my picky eater find anything at lunch? Where are my child’s counselor’s from? Is the waterfront safe? Most camp staff can handle these kinds of questions, but Camp Directors and staff today are often be faced with questions from some parents that they may not […]

Gender Narratives: Videos from Our Youth Council
Gender Narratives: Videos from Our Youth Council

Our “Gender Narratives” series collects the stories of our new Youth Council members and how they have been affected by gender throughout their lives. These are touching, powerful statements from young people that you won’t want to miss! For example, Jude is a 15-year-old from Texas who recently joined the Gender Spectrum Youth Council. In […]

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 […]

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 […]