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Gender Identity Resources for Parents and Families

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Here are the resources we found for gender identity for parents and families:

What Does It Mean To Be Transgender?

This short video covers what it means to be trans. While this sounds like quite a simple topic, there’s a lot of different conversations to be had within this topic. For example, what is trans*, what is genderqueer, small changes like clothing or pronouns, how to go about changing your name and, how tell your parents or carers.

Trans Identity

There can be a lot of confusion around trans topics. In this video, Steph has joined Childline to talk about trans identity, challenges trans people face everyday, and where to go when you need help.

The Trans Experience in Education

Claire Birkenshaw was the first principal of a UK school to transition from man to woman. She was amazed at the students’ reactions and their supportive – but not everyone was supportive. In this talk, she tells her story of how she came to her decision, the things people said, and how she didn’t really change – she was always Claire, on the inside. Now she’s happily Claire on the outside and she advocates for young people who are questioning their gender or their sexuality and need support to be their authentic selves.

My Journey as a Proud Father of a Transgender Son

Brad Dirks reveals his very personal journey, as a parent and father of a transgender child. By sharing his experiences through story telling, Brad hopes to inform, educate, inspire, and empower people to open their hearts and minds.

Organisation

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

Gender Identity Development Service

The Gender Identity Development Service is a highly specialised clinic for young people presenting with difficulties with their gender identity. They help young people explore their feelings about their gender, and choose the path that best suits their ideals and needs. They are supported by NHS England.

Gendered Intelligence

Gendered Intelligence is a not-for-profit community program supporting trans people with a focus on young trans people. This support comes in many forms from programs to engage young trans people such as camping trips, support for parents and carers of trans people, and finally they offer a variety of training courses for those who work in health and social care or teaching who may wish to broaden their knowledge about gender diversity and the trans community.

Mermaids

Mermaids aims to support children, young people, and their familes to achieve a happier life in the face of great adversity. Mermaids aims to raise awareness about gender nonconformity in children and young people amongst professionals and the general public. They also campaign for the recognition of gender dyphoria in young people and lobby for improvements in professional services.

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The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

Meeting Others: The Particular Challenges for LGBTQ+ Children

It’s important that children and teenagers feel able to talk to and relate to people as they grow up, so they can share experiences, develop their confidence and know they are not alone. This can be particularly difficult for LGBTQ+ children and young people. In this article, Parent Info look at some ways young LGBTQ+ children and young people can interact with their peers safely.

Five Things You Can Do If Your Child Comes Out

If you are the parent of an LGBTQ child, and you are feeling confused or unsure of what to do, you are not alone. Your child has learned something new about themselves, and trusts you enough to share this information with you. This is good news! Congratulations!

LGBTQ+ Glossary for Parents

Your child has come out. That’s great! It means that they feel confident about themselves and they trust you to be supportive, but what do you actually say? The terminology of gender and sexuality changes so fast that finding the right words can be a minefield. Parent Info have put together this glossary to get you started.

Online course

Gender Variance: e-Learning

This short 45 minute course is an education in gender variance in young people. It teaches about the terms that are used, how it can affect a young person, and what you can do to support a young person. This e-learning course uses multimedia learning and games to help make this course fun and interactive in order to make learning easier.

Caring for Gender Non-Conforming Young People

This online course provides an education and awareness about gender variance in young people. The three modules covers and introduction to gender variant children and adolescents, how to create supportive environments for gender variant young people, and critical information about medical interventions and front line support.

What Does It Mean To Be Transgender?

This short video covers what it means to be trans. While this sounds like quite a simple topic, there’s a lot of different conversations to be had within this topic. For example, what is trans*, what is genderqueer, small changes like clothing or pronouns, how to go about changing your name and, how tell your parents or carers.

Trans Identity

There can be a lot of confusion around trans topics. In this video, Steph has joined Childline to talk about trans identity, challenges trans people face everyday, and where to go when you need help.

The Trans Experience in Education

Claire Birkenshaw was the first principal of a UK school to transition from man to woman. She was amazed at the students’ reactions and their supportive – but not everyone was supportive. In this talk, she tells her story of how she came to her decision, the things people said, and how she didn’t really change – she was always Claire, on the inside. Now she’s happily Claire on the outside and she advocates for young people who are questioning their gender or their sexuality and need support to be their authentic selves.

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The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

Gender Identity Development Service

The Gender Identity Development Service is a highly specialised clinic for young people presenting with difficulties with their gender identity. They help young people explore their feelings about their gender, and choose the path that best suits their ideals and needs. They are supported by NHS England.

Gendered Intelligence

Gendered Intelligence is a not-for-profit community program supporting trans people with a focus on young trans people. This support comes in many forms from programs to engage young trans people such as camping trips, support for parents and carers of trans people, and finally they offer a variety of training courses for those who work in health and social care or teaching who may wish to broaden their knowledge about gender diversity and the trans community.

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

Meeting Others: The Particular Challenges for LGBTQ+ Children

It’s important that children and teenagers feel able to talk to and relate to people as they grow up, so they can share experiences, develop their confidence and know they are not alone. This can be particularly difficult for LGBTQ+ children and young people. In this article, Parent Info look at some ways young LGBTQ+ children and young people can interact with their peers safely.

Five Things You Can Do If Your Child Comes Out

If you are the parent of an LGBTQ child, and you are feeling confused or unsure of what to do, you are not alone. Your child has learned something new about themselves, and trusts you enough to share this information with you. This is good news! Congratulations!

Online course

Gender Variance: e-Learning

This short 45 minute course is an education in gender variance in young people. It teaches about the terms that are used, how it can affect a young person, and what you can do to support a young person. This e-learning course uses multimedia learning and games to help make this course fun and interactive in order to make learning easier.

Caring for Gender Non-Conforming Young People

This online course provides an education and awareness about gender variance in young people. The three modules covers and introduction to gender variant children and adolescents, how to create supportive environments for gender variant young people, and critical information about medical interventions and front line support.

What Does It Mean To Be Transgender?

This short video covers what it means to be trans. While this sounds like quite a simple topic, there’s a lot of different conversations to be had within this topic. For example, what is trans*, what is genderqueer, small changes like clothing or pronouns, how to go about changing your name and, how tell your parents or carers.

Trans Identity

There can be a lot of confusion around trans topics. In this video, Steph has joined Childline to talk about trans identity, challenges trans people face everyday, and where to go when you need help.

The Trans Experience in Education

Claire Birkenshaw was the first principal of a UK school to transition from man to woman. She was amazed at the students’ reactions and their supportive – but not everyone was supportive. In this talk, she tells her story of how she came to her decision, the things people said, and how she didn’t really change – she was always Claire, on the inside. Now she’s happily Claire on the outside and she advocates for young people who are questioning their gender or their sexuality and need support to be their authentic selves.

Organisation View all organisations

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

Gender Identity Development Service

The Gender Identity Development Service is a highly specialised clinic for young people presenting with difficulties with their gender identity. They help young people explore their feelings about their gender, and choose the path that best suits their ideals and needs. They are supported by NHS England.

Gendered Intelligence

Gendered Intelligence is a not-for-profit community program supporting trans people with a focus on young trans people. This support comes in many forms from programs to engage young trans people such as camping trips, support for parents and carers of trans people, and finally they offer a variety of training courses for those who work in health and social care or teaching who may wish to broaden their knowledge about gender diversity and the trans community.

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

Meeting Others: The Particular Challenges for LGBTQ+ Children

It’s important that children and teenagers feel able to talk to and relate to people as they grow up, so they can share experiences, develop their confidence and know they are not alone. This can be particularly difficult for LGBTQ+ children and young people. In this article, Parent Info look at some ways young LGBTQ+ children and young people can interact with their peers safely.

Five Things You Can Do If Your Child Comes Out

If you are the parent of an LGBTQ child, and you are feeling confused or unsure of what to do, you are not alone. Your child has learned something new about themselves, and trusts you enough to share this information with you. This is good news! Congratulations!

Online course

Gender Variance: e-Learning

This short 45 minute course is an education in gender variance in young people. It teaches about the terms that are used, how it can affect a young person, and what you can do to support a young person. This e-learning course uses multimedia learning and games to help make this course fun and interactive in order to make learning easier.

Caring for Gender Non-Conforming Young People

This online course provides an education and awareness about gender variance in young people. The three modules covers and introduction to gender variant children and adolescents, how to create supportive environments for gender variant young people, and critical information about medical interventions and front line support.