Holiday Resources for Families, Youth and Professionals

Nov 12, 2019

The holidays are near and we have 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 these programs and resources below.

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Gender and the Holidays

Gender Spectrum staff recently hosted a free webinar on preparing for the holidays with practical tips and guidance that you can use before, during and after the holidays to help your child and family enjoy this time together. If you missed the webinar, you can view the recording below. Also, check out our Groups Page for holiday groups for adults, teens and pre-teens.

Also, our Guide for Preparing for Holiday Gatherings gives you concrete ways to help your family make this holiday season go smoothly for everyone. And see our article on Conversations About Gender at Holiday Get-Togethers.”

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.

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.

Faith, Gender and the Holidays 

Check out our blog post with stories and encouragement for the holidays, and find all of our faith resources here.You can also see many stories from gender diverse faith leaders on our YouTube channel.

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.

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.