Resources for parents of gender expansive children

If you or your child are in crisis:

The Trevor Project's 24/7 Lifeline at 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386) or Trevor Chat, the Trevor Project's online messaging service

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)

Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860

Substance Abuse Information for Parents from

LGBTQ Addiction Information from AddictionCenter

For more information about raising gender nonconforming and transgender children

Children’s National Hospital Guide for Parents: English Spanish

Gender Spectrum parenting information

For information on medical issues

The UCSF Child and Adolescent Gender Center (CAGC)

If you need to talk to someone about how best to support your child

Ackerman Institute Gender and Family Project

Gender Spectrum Call-In Support Group

help ensure safe schools for your child

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

Gender Spectrum Educational Resources  

The Bully Project

Welcoming Schools


Gender Born, Gender Made, by Diane Ehrensaft

Jacob’s New Dress, by Sarah Hoffman

Raising My Rainbow, by Lori Duron

The Conscious Parent's Guide to Gender Identity, by Darlene Tando

The Gender Creative Child, by Diane Ehrensaft

The Transgender Child, by Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper

One of a Kind Like Me, by Laurin Mayeno

Who Are You? The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity, by Brook Pessin-Whedbee

Stacey's Not a Girl, by Colton Keo-Meier

Books for kids

More recommended reading

Gender Conferences

Gender conferences are a terrific way to meet experts as well as other families, to have your child spend time with other children like them, and to gain important knowledge for you and your child’s journey.

Gender Conference East, NYC and Baltimore

Gender Infinity, Houston

Gender Odyssey, Seattle

Gender Spectrum Conference, East Bay, CA

Trans Health Conference, Philadelphia

True Colors Conference, Connecticut

Helpful organizations

Ackerman Institute Gender and Family Project

Children’s National Hospital (Washington DC) Gender Development Program  

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

Gender Spectrum

GLAAD Transgender Resources

Human Rights Campaign Transgender Children & Youth Resources  

My Purple Umbrella, Tacoma, WA


TransYouth Equality Foundation

TransYouth Family Allies

UCSF Child and Adolescent Gender Care Clinic