Helpful Organizations

 

Boston Support Group (floatinghospital.org)

The Center for Children with Special Needs (CCSN) at Tufts Medical Center in Downtown Boston. This group contains par- ents of gender-nonconforming boys and girls. Contact group coordinator Dr. Ellen Perrin at eperrin@tuftsmedicalcenter.org.

Camp Aranu’tiq (camparanutiq.org)

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. Activi- ties include land sports, arts & crafts, water activities and many others.

Children’s Hospital Boston (childrenshospital.org)

  • Dr. Norman Spack / Division of Endocrinology,
  • Phone: (617) 355-7476

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (luriechildrens.org)

The Gender and Sex Development Program at Lurie Children’s provides comprehensive services for gender-nonconforming youth and children with sex-development conditions. Gender development services at Lurie Children’s are outpatient services aimed at supporting the physical, mental and social health of patients and their families as youth progress through gender- identity development.

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (chla.org)

The Center for Transyouth Health and Development promotes healthy futures for transyouth by providing services, research, training and capacity building that is developmentally informed, affirmative, compassionate and holistic for gender-nonconform- ing children and transyouth.

Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) (childrensnational.org)

The Gender and Sexuality Development Program (GSDP) pro- vides outpatient psychosocial consultation, group therapy for adolescents and their families and a support group for families in the Washington, D.C. area. The CNMC group is facilitated by Martine Solages, MSolages@childrensnational.org.

Committee for Children (cfchildren.org)

The Committee for Children is helping create a world in which children can grow up to be peaceful, kind, responsible citi- zens. The research-based “Steps to Respect” program teaches elementary students to recognize, refuse and report bullying, be assertive and build friendships. A recent study found that the program led to a 31 percent decline in bullying and a 70 percent cut in destructive bystander behavior.

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) (glsen.org)

GLSEN 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, in which difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.

Gender Spectrum (genderspectrum.org)

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.

GroundSpark (groundspark.org)

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

Human Rights Campaign: Welcoming Schools (welcomingschools.org)

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

It Gets Better Project (itgetsbetter.org)

Providing support to families raising transgender and gender- nonconforming children and teens. Working with public and private schools K-12 to create gender-inclusive learning envi- ronments, identify measures to decrease bullying and provide assistance with gender-transitioning students or employees.

No Name-Calling Week Coalition (glsen.org)

Motivated by this simple yet powerful idea, the No Name-Call- ing Week Coalition—created by GLSEN and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and consisting of over 60 national partner organizations—No Name-Calling Weeks are organized each year in schools across the nation. 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 inspi- ration to launch an ongoing dialogue about ways to eliminate name-calling in their communities.

NYC Child Study Center (AboutOurKids.org)

The Gender and Sexuality Service, directed by Aron Janssen, MD, provides evaluations and therapeutic services for children, adolescents and their families. To schedule an appointment, contact an intake coordinator at (646) 754-5000 or services@ aboutourkids.org.

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (violencepreventionworks.org)

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

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) (pflag.org)

PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bi- sexual and transgender persons, as well as their families and friends, through: support, to cope with an adverse society; edu- cation, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity and it acts to create a society that is healthy and re- spectful of human diversity.

Seattle Children’s Support Group (genderdiversity.org)

Providing support to families raising transgender and gender- nonconforming children and teens. Working with public and private schools K-12 to create gender-inclusive learning envi- ronments, identify measures to decrease bullying and provide assistance with gender-transitioning students. For more infor- mation contact Aidan Key at (877) 809-4159.

Southern Poverty Law Center (splcenter.org)

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

Teaching Tolerance (tolerance.org)

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

TransActive Gender Center (transactiveonline.org)

TransActive provides necessary support to improve the qual- ity of life of transgender and gender-nonconforming children, youth and their families through education, services, advocacy and research.

TransFamily (transfamily.org)

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).

TransYouth Family Allies (TYFA) (imatyfa.org)

Providers of online national support groups, TYFA empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service pro- viders 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.

The Trevor Project (thetrevorproject.org)

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

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco (ucsfbenioffchildrens.org)

The Child and Adolescent Gender Center (CAGC) offers comprehensive medical and psychological care, as well as advocacy and legal support, to gender-nonconforming/transgender youth and adolescents. A central component of this program is the UCSF CAGC Clinic, housed in the Division of Pediatric Endocri- nology. Contact Dr. Stephen Rosenthal for an appointment at (415) 353-7337.