There are growing numbers of youth who identify as transgender, and as a result, clinicians and counselors are in need of an informed resource that covers the basics of gender identity and expression. Counseling Transgender and Non-Binary Youth: The Essential Guide responds to that need by setting out clear advice and support on working with transgender and non-binary youth with regard to their identity, mental health, personal and family life and their medical and social transition as well as offering additional resources and reading lists.
Along with the basic information needed to understand transgender clients, Irwin Krieger applies this general knowledge to work with transgender teens at what can be the most critical and problematic stage in a trans person's life. Specifically, issues of gender identity awareness and expression for youth along with the mental and physical challenges that puberty presents are discussed. This guide will inform counselors and therapists to support transgender teens in their practice, while providing the necessary tools for opening up the conversation on transgender issues in families and schools.
RECOMMENDED READINGS, click here.
GROUPS FOR YOUTH AND PARENTS
Gendered Intelligence has support groups for youth in the U.K.: genderedintelligence.co.uk
LGBTQ Teens Online Talk Group is a weekly live, moderated chat
room for youth up to the age of 19, operating each Tuesday from 4-6 pm, Pacific at: www.LGBThotline.org/LGBTQteens
Mermaids has support groups for parents in the U.K.: mermaidsuk.org.uk
PFLAG has meetings across the U.S. To find a chapter near you: pflag.org/find-a-chapter
PFLAG Canada has chapters throughout Canada: pflagcanada.ca/pflag-chapters
Transcend Support lists support groups throughout Australia: transcendsupport.com.au
TransFamily (U.S.) hosts an email group for parents: transfamily.org/discussion.html
TransParent USA has chapters in a number of U.S. locations: transparentusa.org
Trevor Space is a monitored peer networking site for LGBT youth ages 13-24: trevorspace.org
ADVOCACY IN THE U.S.
Black Trans Advocacy (U.S.): blacktrans.org
National Center for Transgender Equality (U.S.): transequality.org
INTERNATIONAL ADVOCACY AND SUPPORT:
Organization Intersex International: oiiinternational.com
FTM Information Resources: jotto.info/FTM/index.html
Hudson’s FTM Resource Guide: ftmguide.org
Laura’s Playground, with translation into many languages: lauras-playground.com
Transsexual & Transgender Road Map: tsroadmap.com
FAMILY AND SCHOOL ADVOCACY IN THE U.S.
Campus Pride: campuspride.org
Gender Spectrum: genderspectrum.org
GSA Network: gsanetwork.org
transACTION - A Transgender Curriculum For Churches and Religious Institutions: welcomingresources.org/transgender.xml
TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation: transkidspurplerainbow.org
Trans Youth Equality Foundation: transyouthequality.org
Trans Youth Family Allies: imatyfa.org
LEGAL ADVOCACY IN THE U.S.
National Center for Lesbian Rights: nclrights.org/our-work/transgender-law
Sylvia Rivera Law Project: srlp.org
Transgender Law and Policy Institute: transgenderlaw.org
Transgender Law Center: transgenderlawcenter.org
Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund: transgenderlegal.org
SUMMER CAMPS FOR TRANS YOUTH IN THE U.S.
Camp Aranu’tiq: Summer camp in New Hampshire and California: camparanutiq.org
Get Free: A Summer Program For Queer and Trans Youth of Color in Oakland: bgdblog.org
Trans Youth Equality Foundation: summer and fall retreats in Maine: transyouthequality.org
ORGANIZATIONS COMBATING BULLYING AND STIGMA IN THE U.S.
B Stigma Free: bstigmafree.org
Stop Bullying: https://www.stopbullying.gov
Tyler Clementi Foundation: tylerclementi.org
PHONE AND ONLINE CRISIS SUPPORT, LGBT YOUTH
GLBT National Help Center (U.S.) at glnh.org or 888-843-4564
Trans Lifeline. US: (877-565-8860) and Canada: (877-330-6366) and online: translifeline.org
Youthline (Canada): Open from 4:00-9:30 PM Sunday-Friday. (Toronto time zone) Call: 800-268-9688. Text: 647-694-4275. TTY: 416-962-0777. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. To chat, click the Chat button at the top of this page: youthline.ca/
LOCATING EXPERIENCED THERAPISTS
Four useful resources for finding a therapist experienced in the treatment of transgender persons in your area:
1. The website of Dr. Becky Allison: www.drbecky.com/therapists.html.
2. TransPulse www.transgenderpulse.com/gender-therapists
3. The World Professional Association for Transgender Health
From the home page click on "find a provider", then enter your State (if you are in the U.S.)and click on "submit".
4. The Fenway Center provider list includes mental health and medical providers nationwide, but especially in the Northeast.
If possible, it is best to verify independently that the therapist you find is fully credentialed and licensed.
CONFERENCES, U.S. and INTERNATIONAL:
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Resources in Connecticut and New England:
True Colors: Sexual Minority Youth and Family Services 860-649-7386 True Colors runs a wonderful conference for GLBT youth every March and provides support year-round. Their Resource Guide (available online) lists therapists with transgender expertise.
Translations and TransPACT: Support groups for transgender youth and their parents. Contact Tony Ferraiolo: 203-376-8089 or email@example.com
PFLAG in CT has meetings in Hartford, Manchester, Norwalk, Guilford as well as the New London area. Their meetings offer support to transgender teens and adults as well as family members and allies. Click here to see the schedule of upcoming meetings.
Gender Discussion Group at Middlesex Hospital, call 860-358-3460 or click here.
Trans support group at CHC in Meriden, open to all trans identified or questioning people 18+. For more info contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Connecticut chapter of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network ( GLSEN CT ) is working to ensure safe schools for all students.
Located in Portland, Maine,
Trans Youth Equality Foundation
provides education, advocacy and support for transgender and gender
non-conforming children and youth and their families throughout New
England, as well as summer and fall camps.
Camp Aranu'tiq is a weeklong, overnight summer camp for transgender and gender-variant youth ages 8 through 15.
Camp Anytown is opening a gender expansive cottage this year (2016) for
Connecticut or Western Mass teens ages 14-18. AND...they are giving full
Legal advocacy: GLAD is New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression.
OUT Maine provides support, education, and empowerment.