Parents of LGBTQ Youth

As of April, 2014 we are posting items as we find them.
Be sure to scroll down so that you don’t miss “oldies but goodies.”

Trying to learn more about:
•the experience of transgender youth?

•the importance of family support and acceptance?
•why acknowledging/supporting/treating trans youth early is important?
Please take the time to watch these – 1 YouTube and 2 TedX Talk videos.

#1 – Spring, 2014:  For Parents of Trans Children – this is a must watch! This is What Happens When Parents. . . A Buffalo agency serving youth, including LGBTQ youth, showed this video to staff. What one of them had to say later, “Well, I watched the video and I’m not usually a sappy person but I may have teared up a bit. It’s nice to see acceptance where we usually don’t. Good Video!”

#2 – Early 2014:  A TedX talk by Boston Pediatric Endocrinologist – another must watch! New medical treatments for transgender adolescents: Norman Spack at TEDxBeaconStreet “How I Help Transgender Teens Be Who They Want to Be”

#3 – Early 2014: A 3rd “must watch” –  A TedX talk by actress Geena Rocero, “Why I Must Come Out. . . “


Featured on the Katie Couric show on February 26, 2013: Trapped in the Wrong Body: Growing Up Transgender Click here for link to the show.

“My Son’s Christmas Dress” – posted 2012 Click here for link.

“Transgender at Five” – posted May, 2012 She first insisted she was a boy at the age of 2. “I am a boy” became a constant theme in struggles over clothing, bathing, swimming, eating, playing. Eventually, a psychologist diagnosed gender identity disorder. Now Tyler’s parents allow him to live as a boy, and the 5-year-old is reveling in his new identity. (The Post is using the name his parents would have given him if he had been born a boy to protect the family’s identity outside their community, where their situation already is widely known.)

Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Health Gender-Nonconforming Children A book by Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D. Published 2011 by The Experiment, LLC/NYC ISBN 978-1-61519-001-0 A book that the GLYS E.D. thinks may be helpful to parents of trans children.

“Once a Daughter, Now a Son: The Mother of a Transgender Child Shares Her Emotional Transition” – This article appeared in the January 26,2012 edition of The Huffington Post.

X:  A Fabulous Child’s Story – by Louise Gould

A Real ‘Genderless’ Baby Story that appeared initially in the Toronto Star and was later posted on the Huffington Post

TransFAMILY My Princess Boy – a mom’s story about a young boy who loves to dress up. by Cheryl Kilodavis MYPRINCESSBOY “Always My Son” – a YouTube Video by a father who is Mexican and a Marine

The Family Acceptance Project – this site has some neat videos by accepting parents of LGBT youth.

TYFA – Trans Youth Family Allies

TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation – committed to the premise that Gender Identity is something a child can’t control and it is society that needs to change, not them.  Families need to support their children and be encouraged to allow them to grow up free of gender roles.

Dr. Angello offers emotional help and unwavering support as parents with trans identified children ride the waves of grief, acceptance and eventual healing.

A book review published in the NY Times in November, 2012: “Oddly Normal” by John Schwartz Click here to see article about the book.

Advocates for Youth Ten Tips for Parents of a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender Child

American Academy of Pediatrics Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Teens ~ Facts for Teens & Parents⊂_cat=106

American Academy of Pediatrics Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual Teens ~ A Message for⊂_cat=106

American Psychological Association “Answers to Your Questions About Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality”

Books for Parents of LGBT Youth

Books: Families Are Talking~Resources for Families

The Family Acceptance Project – this site has some neat videos by accepting parents of LGBT

Family Education Network Understanding Your Gay Teen,1120,68-28043,00.html

Gay and Lesbian Adolescents – AACAP Facts for Families

National Mental Health Association “What Does Gay Mean?” pamphlet

Parenting A Gay Child — Parents and Schools Work Towards Understanding By Gina Carrier from Metro Parent Magazine, October, 2002

Parenting and Child Health Health Topics – Gay or lesbian sons and daughters (Please note that this is an Australian site. While the content may be helpful, the “local” resources will not be available.)

PFLAG-Talk/TGS-PFLAG Virtual Library “Is This Child Gay, Transgendered, or Both?”

Resources for Parents of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trangendered Youth