National Center for Transgender Equality

Leading organization that focuses on legal rights for transgender people.

TransYouth Family Allies

TYFA empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities, to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected. They provide numerous resources for parents, available online and in printable PDF form.

Trans Youth Equality Foundation

TYEF was started by a mother of a transgender child. Their mission is provide support and advocate for intersex, transgender, and gender non-conforming youth. The foundation has yearly youth retreats, workshops, and training for educational and medical professionals.

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF)

Committed to ending discrimination based upon gender identity and expression and to achieving equality for transgender people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, and public policy efforts.


Trans Lifeline (877) 565-8860

National trans-led 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of the community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education.


A national initiative to connect communities—LGBT people and our families, friends, and allies—with the new health insurance coverage options available under the Affordable Care Act

TransChance Health

Aims to create, maintain, and share resources that educate and empower the trans community in health care spaces.

To Read

A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Trans (But Were Afraid to Ask)

The Gender Book An online book that explains gender in an inclusive and comprehensive way; accessible for any age.

The Gender Booklet

Gender Born, Gender Made

Gender: Your Guide

Love Lives Here by Amanda Jette Knox

My Daughter He: Transitioning With Our Transgender Children, by Candace Waldron. Stone Circle Press, 2014. Both a story and a resource, this book was written by a mother reflecting on her own difficult journey to accept her child. Waldron explores the labyrinthine path many parents travel: supporting their child’s authentic self-expression while experiencing deep-seated emotions of their own.

Raising My Rainbow by Lori Duron on her family's adventures raising a gender non-conforming son.

Real Queer America: LGBT Stories From Red States

This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids

Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue, by Nicholas M. Teich. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012 Introduces many topics surround- ing transgender people, including the psychological, physical, and social processes transgender people undergo; the unique experiences of transgender people; and the complexities of gender.

Transgender 101: A Guide to Gender and Identity to Help You Keep Up with the Conversation

Transgender History (Seal Studies), by Susan Stryker. Berkeley, CA: Seal Press, 2008. An examination of transgender history from the midtwentieth century to current times.

Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children, edited by Rachel Pepper. Berkeley, CA: Cleis Press, 2012. A collection of stories by mothers of trans* children about their experiences with their child’s gender transition.

The Transgender Teen: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals Supporting Transgender and Gender Non-Binary Teens

Trans-Kin: A Guide for Family and Friends of Transgender People (Volume 1), edited by Eleanor A. Hubbard and Cameron T. Whitley. Winter Park, FL: Bolder Press, 2012. An anthology of stories by friends, family, and allies of transgender people about their experiences.

To Watch

Gendernauts: A Journey Through Shifting Identities, by Monika Traut. New York: First Run Fea- tures, 1999. Follows the lives of a group of trans* people living outside of their prescribed gender identities. Participants include performance artist Annie Sprinkle and Internet activist Sandy Stone.

Transgeneration, by Jeremy Simmons and Thairin Smothers. Sundance Channel, 2005. Eight-episode documentary series depicting the lives of four transgender college students as they transition.

Queer Kid Stuff

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