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Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedy

The Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children's Hospital Los Angeles promotes healthy futures for transgender youth by providing services, research, training, and capacity building that is developmentally informed, affirmative, compassionate, and holistic for gender nonconforming children and transgender youth.


Gender Spectrum

Gender Spectrum provides education, training, and support to help create a gender-sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens. It also hosts free online support groups for pre-teens, teens, parents, caregivers, etc.

Q Chat Space

Q Chat Space offers dedicated online discussion groups where youth can come together with other youth from all over the US and beyond to discuss topics relevant to their identities and experiences. It offers live, chat-based groups (no video or audio) with facilitators who work at LGBTQ+ centers across the US.

Diversity Collective

Diversity Collective hosts the Little Unicorns Youth Group for young LGBTQ+, questioning, and allies ages 9-12. They meet on the last Saturday of each month to discuss relevant issues and support each other in a safe, healthy, and relaxed atmosphere.

National Center for Transgender Equality

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is a 501(c)3 social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration, and empowerment. NCTE was founded in 2003 by transgender activists who saw the urgent need for a consistent voice in Washington, DC for transgender people.


TransYouth Family Allies (TYFA)

TYFA empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers, and communities to develop supportive environments where gender may be expressed and respected.


Transgender Law Center

Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.


Transforming Family

A Los Angeles based family support group creating a positive environment for children, adolescents, and their families to explore issues of gender identity.


Welcoming Schools

Welcoming Schools offers professional development tools, lessons aligned with the Common Core State Standards, and many additional resources for elementary schools on:

* Embracing family diversity

* Avoiding gender stereotyping and affirming gender

* Ending bullying and name-calling





The Gender Creative Child

by Diane Ehrensaft, PhD (2016)

The Conscious Parent's Guide to Gender Identity

by Darlene Tando, LCSW (2016)


The Transgender Child

by Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper (2008)


Gender Born, Gender Made:

Raising Healthy Gender Nonconforming Children

by Diane Ehrensaft, PhD (2011)

Raising Ryland: Our Story of Parenting a Transgender Child with No Strings Attached

by Hillary Whittington (2016)

Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family 

by Amis Ellis Nutt (2016)

Two Spirits, One Heart: A Mother, Her Transgender Son, and Their Journey to Love and Acceptance 

by Marsha Aizumi (2013)

Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children

by Rachel Pepper (2012)





I Am Jazz

by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings (2014)

Red: A Crayon's Story

by Michael Hall (2015


My Princess Boy

by Cheryl Kilodavis (2010)


10,000 Dresses 

by Marcus Ewert (2008)


Jacob's New Dress

by Sarah and Ian Hoffman (2014)


Be Who You Are 

by Jennifer Carr (2010)


Gracefully Grayson

by Ami Polonsky (2014)


by Alex Gino (2015)

Riding Freedom

by Pam Muñoz Ryan (1999)




Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen 

by Jazz Jennings ((2016)

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out 

by Susan Kuklin (2015)

Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws 

by Kate Bornstein (2006)

Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen 

by Arin Andrews (2015)

If I Was Your Girl 

by Meredith Russo (2016)

The Gender Quest Workbook: A Guide for Teens and Young Adults Exploring Gender Identity 

by Rylan Jay Testa, PhD (2015)






Resources on Gender

transgender teenagers
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