for Transgender Youth
- Trans*topia - http://youthresource.com/living/trans.htm
A section of Youth Resouce (a project of Advocates for Youth) designed for the needs of trans youth. Includes great articles about being transgender and young... both personal accounts and in depth articles.
- Trans Proud - http://www.transproud.com/
OutProud's website for transgender youth. Headline news, links
to other transgender sites for trans youth, loads of resources
and information, stories of other transgender teens, message
boards, as well as resources for parents of transgender children.
- Resources for Young Transsexuals
A section of Dr. Anne Lawrence's Transsexual Women's Resource
website, designed to empower transsexual women by providing factual
information, informed opinion, and personal narrative. Links
to many great websites about and for trans youth.
- Mermaids - http://www.mermaids.freeuk.com/
A family support group for children and teenagers with gender
identity issues. The organization is located in the UK, but the
website has many useful resouces for transgender youth.
Links for Parents,
Families and Social Service Providers
TransFamily is a support group for transgendered and transsexual
people, their parents, partners, children, other family members,
friends, and supportive others. We provide referrals, literature,
and over-the-phone information on all transgender issues. Although
our meetings are held in Cleveland, Ohio, the Internet has enabled
us to extend helping hands to transgendered individuals and their
famlies across the globe.
- Our Trans Children,
A Publication of the Transgender Network of Parents, Families,
and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). Third Edition, 2001.
Avialable online at: http://www.transproud.com/pdf/transkids.pdf
- Why Don't You Tell Them I'm
a Boy? Raising a Gender- Nonconforming Child, by Florence Dillon.
A mother's experience with raising a transgender (FtM) son. Available
online at: http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/whydontyoutellthem.pdf
- Mom I Need To Be a Girl, by
Just Evelyn. Copyright 1998
Walter Trook Publishing, 276 Date St. , Imperial Beach, CA 91932.
Out of print but available online at: http://ai.eecs.umich.edu/people/conway/TS/Evelyn/Evelyn.html
- Social Sevices with Transgendered
Youth, Gerald P. Mallon, DSW, Editor, Harrington Park Press,
1999 ( Haworth Press, Inc.) Through personal narratives and case
studies, Social Services with Transgendered Youth explores the
childhood and adolescent experiences of transgendered persons.
Addressing the differences between male-to-female (MTF) and female-to-male
(FTM) individuals and identifying the specific challenges of
transgendered persons from diverse races, cultures, and religious
backgrounds, this compelling book offers suggestions that will
help social workers and the youths families learn more
about the reality of transgendered persons lives. http://www.haworthpressinc.com
Sites Serving LGBT Youth
- National Youth Advocacy Coalition:
Washington, DC - www.nyacyouth.org
The National Youth Advocacy Coalition is a social justice
organization that advocates for and with young people who are
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) in
an effort to end discrimination against these youth and to ensure
their physical and emotional well being.
- National Parents, Friends, and
Families of Lesbians and Gays: Washington, DC - www.pflag.org
Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG)
is a national non-profit organization with over 80,000 members
and supporters and more than 460 affiliates in the United States.
This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced and serviced
by the PFLAG national office.
- Youth Assistance Organization:
San Francisco, CA - www.youth.org
YOUTH.ORG is a service run by volunteers, created to help
self-identifying gay, lesbian, bisexual and questioning youth.
YOUTH.ORG exists to provide young people with a safe space online
to be themselves. The PERSON project (www.youth.org/loco/PERSONProject/)
provides almost everything you might need to know about GLBT
equity organizing in K-12 public education in the USA.
- The National Coalition for Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth: San Raphael, CA -
OutProud, The National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual
& Transgender Youth, serves the needs of these young men
and women by providing advocacy, information, resources and support.
Our goal is to help queer youth become happy, successful, confident
and vital gay, lesbian and bisexual adults.
- YouthResource: Washington, DC
YouthResource, a Web site created by and for gay, lesbian,
bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) young people 13
to 24 years old, takes a holistic approach to sexual health by
offering support, community, resources, and peer-to-peer education
about issues of concern to GLBTQ young people. YouthResource
has four focus areas: health, advocacy, community, and issues
in our lives.
- Advocates for Youth - www.advocatesforyouth.org/
Youth Resource is a project of Advocates for Youth. Other
Ambiente Joven (www.ambientejoven.org)
for Latino/Latina LGBTQ youth
providing support for Peer Educators, HIV Positive Youth, and
Young People Involved in HIV Vaccine Trials
for and by young women of color
- Youth Guardian Services - www.youth-guard.org
Youth Guardian Services is a youth-run, 501(c)(3) non-profit
organization that provides support services on the Internet to
gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, and straight
supportive youth. At this time the organization operates solely
on private donations from individuals.
- Gay, Lesbian, Straight, Education
Network - www.glsen.org
Creating safe schools for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
people. GLSEN is the leading national organization fighting to
end anti-gay bias in K-12 schools. GLSEN strives to assure that
each member of every school community is valued and respected
regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
- Safe School Coalition - www.safeschoolscoalition.org
A public-private partnership in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual
and transgender youth. The Safe Schools Coalition offers resources
as a starting point for educators, parents/guardians and youth.
The mission of the Coalition is to help schools become safe places
where every family can belong, where every educator can teach,
and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity
or sexual orientation.
- SIGNS School Survival Guide
SIGNS is a project of the Youth Enrichment Services Program of
the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center. They are a group
of student leaders working to end hate and homophobia in schools
by starting Gay Straight Alliances and other student groups.
Resources for students and teachers
- Human Rights Watch, Hatred in
the Hallways - http://www.hrw.org/reports/2001/uslgbt/
Based on in-depth interviews with 140 youth and 130 teachers,
administrators, counselors, parents, and youth service providers
in seven states, this report offers the first comprehensive look
at the human rights abuses suffered by lesbian, gay, bisexual,
and transgender students. Order the report or read it online
- Lambda Legal Defense and Education
Fund - www.lambdalegal.org
Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving
full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals,
the transgendered, and people with HIV or AIDS through impact
litigation, education, and public policy work.
- National Center for Lesbian
Rights - www.nclrights.org
NCLR is a national legal resource center with a primary commitment
to advancing the rights of lesbians and their families. The NCLR
youth project (
provides direct, free legal information to youth and their legal
advocates; directly litigates cases for youth in schools and
other settings; and advocates for school and mental health policies
for LGBT youth of all gender identities. Site includes safe school
guidelines and sample policies.
- Gay and Lesbian Advocates and
Defenders - www.glad.org
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) is New Englands
leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination
based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and
expression. Resources are primarily for New England states.
- American Civil Liberties Union
Lesbian & Gay Rights Project - www.aclu.org/issues/gay/hmgl.html
The Lesbian and Gay Rights Project is a special division of the
national ACLU. It is staffed by experts in constitutional law
and civil rights who have years of experience handling cases
involving lesbians and gay men, writing lesbian/gay civil rights
laws, and making the case for fair and equal treatment regardless
of sexual orientation. Check out the special feature on making
schools safe for LGBT youth (http://www.aclu.org/issues/gay/safe_schools.html)
- YOUTH AT RISK PROJECT
ACLU OF ILLINOIS
180 N. Michigan, Ste. 2300
Chicago, IL. 60601
Deaf LGBT Youth
- Deaf Queer Youth - http://www.youthresource.com/community/deaf/
There are millions of deaf or hard of hearing lesbian, gay, bisexual,
and transgender people. Look within these pages for resources,
stories, and information by and about the deaf GLBTQ community.
- National Gay and Lesbian Task
Force - www.ngltf.org
NGLTF is the national progressive organization working for the
civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people,
with the vision and commitment to building a powerful political
movement. Site includes library and publications from the NGLTF
Policy Institute, the LGBT movement think tank. Most publications
- Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against
Defamation - www.glaad.org
GLAAD promotes fair, accurate, and inclusive representation of
individuals and events in all media as a means of eliminating
homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual
orientation. Site includes publications and resources.
- Lambda - www.lambda.org
LAMBDA is a non-profit, gay / lesbian / bisexual / transgender
agency dedicated to reducing homophobia, inequality, hate crimes,
and discrimination by encouraging self-acceptance, cooperation,
and non-violence. Includes youth outreach section with lots of
resources. Note: not Lambda Legal
- Children of Lesbians and Gays
Everywhere - www.colage.org
Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere, the only national and
international organization supporting young people with lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender parents. Lots of resources for
kids and youth.
- GenderPAC Youth - www.gpac.org/youth/
The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition (GenderPAC) works to
end discrimination and violence caused by gender stereotypes
by changing public attitudes, educating elected officials and
expanding legal rights. There's a new wave of grassroots activism
coming... Gender YOUTH. This is your chance to get involved in
the new gender rights movement sweeping college campuses around
- Human Rights Campaign - www.hrc.org
The Human Rights Campaign effectively lobbies Congress; mobilizes
grassroots action in diverse communities; invests strategically
to elect a fair-minded Congress; and increases public understanding
through innovative education and communication strategies. HRC
is a bipartisan organization that works to advance equality based
on sexual orientation and gender expression and identity. The
is the most comprehensive and up-to-date resource on gay, lesbian,
bisexual and transgender (GLBT) families.