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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, […]

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 […]

A Thank You To Our Youth Council
A Thank You To Our Youth Council

We are so proud of our Youth Council for their participation over this past year, and so appreciative of all of the great work they have done with Gender Spectrum! We feel so incredibly lucky to have been able to work with these amazing youth! Some of the highlights of the work from these dynamic […]

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 […]