Gender Spectrum Resources
Sex? Sexual Orientation? Gender Identity? Gender Expression?
The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals
The Transgender Teen: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Teens
The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Live Outside Gender Boxes
Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender Non-conforming Children
Frequently Used Resources
Supporting Gender Expansive Students
Communicating a Change in Gender Status and the Gender Communication Plan
Privacy Issues and Considerations
Creating Gender Inclusive Schools (film)
Transgender Students and School Bathrooms
Framework for Gender Inclusive Schools
Schools in Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools
National Association of Independent Schools and Gender Spectrum: Gender Inclusive Schools FAQs
Gender Spectrum works with educators nationwide on creating gender inclusive schools. Learn more in our professional development and training page.
Introduction: Creating Gender Inclusive Schools
Sample Letter to Parents on Gender Inclusive Training
Talking to Young Children About Gender
Principles for Responding to Concerns
Responding to Concerns: Teaching About Gender
Responding to Concerns: Supporting Transgender Students
Policies and Practices
Easy Steps To a Gender Inclusive Classroom
Using Gender-Inclusive Language with Students
Integrating Gender Diversity Into Everyday Curriculum
Gender Inclusive Instructional Scope and Sequence
Gender Inclusive Classrooms: Concepts and Lessons
Sample Lesson: Boys, Girls and More (Colors)
Sample Lesson: Mapping the Media
Rethinking Schools – It’s OK to be Neither
Rethinking Schools – When the Gender Boxes Don’t Fit
Teaching Tolerance – The Gender Spectrum
Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education (Summer 2019): Connections Quarterly: Gender
Working with Transgender Students, Journal of LGBT Youth (2014).
Young Adult Books by Transgender Authors from YA Pride.
School Policies and Safety
A model policy on gender-inclusion from GLSEN.
Harsh Realities – The Experiences of Transgender Youth in Our Nation’s Schools. A 2009 report from GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network).
California Safe Schools Coalition. Documenting Safety Needs for Gender Nonconforming Students and Understanding School Safety for Transgender Students.
School Victimization of Gender-Nonconforming LGBT Youth. A 2010 research report from the journal "Developmental Psychology."
University of Texas, "Using Chosen Names Reduces Odds of Depression and Suicide in Transgender Youths." Also see our video with the author of the study.
Saint Paul (MN) Public Schools-Inclusive Restrooms
Media Matters (2016), "A Comprehensive Guide To The Debunked “Bathroom Predator” Myth."
Puberty and Health Education
Scarleteen, an independent, feminist, grassroots sexuality and relationships education media and support organization.
Guttmacher Institute (2019), "Promiscuity Propaganda: Access to Information and Services Does Not Lead to Increases in Sexual Activity."
InterAct, a nonprofit advocating for the human rights of children born with intersex traits.
Massive Science (2019), "Sex isn't binary, and we should stop acting like it is."
Teaching Sexuality to Disabled Youth Comprehensive Sex Education for Youth with Disabilities (SIECUS)
Cripping Up Sex with Eva, sex and disability resources.
Sports Leagues and Gender
Transathlete.com. See their list of policies for K-12 schools and the policies of major sport organizations.
Model Policy for Transgender Athletes in High School from the LGBT Sports Foundation.
Guidelines for Creating Policies for Transgender Children in Recreational Sports (2009). From the Transgender Law and Policy Institute.
On The Team: Equal Opportunity for Transgender Athletes (2010). A report from the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Women's Sports Foundation, and It Takes a Team.
Sports Project of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
U.S. Soccer Federation (2013): Inclusion Policy
"The Transgender Athlete." Inside Higher Education (2010).
Developing Policies for Transgender Students on High School Teams, National Federation of State High School Associations.
Resources from Schuyler Bailar, the first openly transgender athlete to compete in any sport on an NCAA Division 1 men’s team.
Also see our resources on youth development and sports.
Legal Guidance on Transgender Students' Rights, National Education Association (2016).
Model School District Policy Regarding Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students, California Safe Schools Coalition (2016).
Examples of Policies and Emerging Practices for Supporting Transgender Students, U.S. Department of Education (2016).
Map of Safe Schools Laws, Movement Advancement Project.
FAQ on the Withdrawal of Federal Guidance on Transgender Students, National Center for Transgender Equality (2016).
Guidance on Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students, California School Board Association (2014).
Legal Issues in Schools: an overview
Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son
The Riddle of Gender: Science, Activism, and Transgender Rights
Evolution’s Rainbow: Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People
Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation