Holiday Resources for Families, Youth and Professionals

Nov 30, 2018

The holidays are near and we have new resources for navigating gender no matter which holiday traditions you celebrate. Parents and families can find great ideas, young people will hear from their peers about gender and the holidays, and professionals can learn some valuable tips for working on gender with youth during the holidays. Check out all of the new programs, and revisit some of our previous resources below.

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Gender and the Holidays: Paving the Way

Our new guide gives you concrete ways to help your family make this holiday season go smoothly for everyone. With advice for communicating with your child and family members, creating a plan, navigating clothing, traditions and more, this is a must-have resource for all families who have questions around gender over the holidays. Check it out here!

You can also see our series of three videos on Navigating the Holidays, covering topics including sharing information with family, preparing your child, and toys and gift giving. Our Tips for Communicating with Family and Friends about Your Child’s Gender are also useful around the holidays, and you can find many more resources on our parent and family resources page.

Young People on Gender and the Holidays

Watch Jordan and Avery, two young people who have tips and stories about their family holidays and how they navigate gender.

Holiday Tips for Grandparents

The holidays are great times to connect with family, and grandparents hold a special place for supporting their grandchildren. But grandparents may have questions or concerns about their Gender-expansive grandchildren. Hear Pam Wool, Gender Spectrum’s Director of Family Support and our Board Member Diane Ehrensaft discuss ways to navigate gender over the holidays.

Tips for Professionals: The Holidays and Gender-Expansive Youth

For young people who are in foster care or other supportive services, the holidays can be a challenging time, and especially so for Transgender, Non-binary and gender-expansive youth. Lillian Rivera of the Hetrick-Martin Institute offers tips for  professionals on working with gender-expansive young people over the holidays.

Conversations About Gender at Holiday Get-Togethers

Our latest blog gives you tips for navigating conversations when gender comes up at holiday gatherings. From practical strategies to questions you can use to make discussions more meaningful, this article has invaluable information for holidays with family.