Resources on Gender Variance

Helpful Organizations for Families with Transgender Children

Children’s National Medical Center
On-line national parent support group
Use Search menu, then key in Gender Variant and click on Outreach Program. The CNMC group is facilitated by Edgardo Menvielle, MD, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the CNMC. It is both a national list-serve and a DC area support group. He can also be contacted at

TransYouthFamilyAlies – TYFA
On-line national support groups
TYFA empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities, to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected. We envision a society free of suicide and violence in which ALL children are respected and celebrated.

Camp Aranutiq
Camp Aranu’tiq is a weeklong, overnight summer camp for transgender and gender-variant youth ages 8 through 15. The Camp is based on a traditional model of summer camps. Activities include land sports, arts & crafts, water activities and many others.

Gender Spectrum
Raising children who don’t fit neatly into male or female boxes brings a wealth of questions and uncertainties. Here you will find information and support to assist you in your search for answers.

Trans Active
TransActive provides necessary support to improve the quality of life of transgender and gender non-conforming children, youth and their families through education, services, advocacy and research.

TransFamily provides support, education, advocacy, and outreach for the transgendered community, families, friends, partners, and allies of all ages, through meetings, presentations, seminars, media outreach, and an emergency resource hotline (216-691-HELP (4357)).

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.
The GLSEN Jump-Start Guide for Gay-Straight Alliances

Since 1978, GroundSpark (formerly Women’s Educational Media) has produced and distributed films, educational resources and campaigns on issues ranging from environmental concerns to affordable housing to preventing prejudice.

Boston Support Group
The Center for Special Needs (CCSN) at TUFTS in Downtown Boston group contains parents of gender-non-conforming boys and girls. Click the link to email Dr. Ellen Perrin, the group’s coordinator.

Seattle Children’s Support Group
Transgender & Gender Variant Support Group: the group meets monthly on the third Sunday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. For more information contact Aidan Key at 1-877-809-4159

Human Rights Campaign: Welcoming Schools
Founded in 1980, the Human Rights Campaign advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about LGBT issues.

Teaching Tolerance
This web-exclusive curriculum is proven to counteract gender bullying in the early grades.

Committee for Children
The Committee for Children is helping create a world in which children can grow up to be peaceful, kind, responsible citizens. The research-based STEPS TO RESPECT program teaches elementary students to recognize, refuse, and report bullying, be assertive, and build friendships. In fact, a recent study found that the program led to a 31 percent decline in bullying and a 70 percent cut in destructive bystander behavior.

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a whole-school program aimed at preventing or reducing bullying throughout a school setting.

Southern Poverty Law Center
As one of the nation’s leading providers of anti-bias education resources, we reach hundreds of thousands of educators and millions of students annually through our award-winning Teaching Tolerance magazine, multimedia teaching kits, online curricula, professional development resources like our Teaching Diverse Students Initiative and special projects like Mix It Up at Lunch Day. These materials are provided to educators at no cost.

No Name-Calling Week Coalition
Motivated by this simple, yet powerful, idea, the No Name-Calling Week Coalition, created by GLSEN and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, and consisting of over 40 national partner organizations, organized an actual No Name-Calling Week in schools across the nation during the week of March 1-5, 2004. This year, No Name-Calling Week will take place the week of January 24-28, 2011. The project seeks to focus national attention on the problem of name-calling in schools, and to provide students and educators with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate name-calling in their communities.

The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone.