Gender-inclusive puberty and health education is life-affirming for all students, and life-saving for some.
Groups and Resources
Our new publication has valuable information for young people who are navigating gender, puberty and health. Gender Spectrum offers online groups for pre-teens and teens and has a wealth of resources on gender for young people.
Our online programs created by and for young people include videos on gender and its dimensions, navigating barbershops, talking with parents, and much more.
Q: What’s the purpose of these principles?
Using these principles, your teachers can make their puberty and health education (PHE) classes more inclusive and welcoming to all students. This is valuable for all students, who need to understand gender and its impacts on health through puberty, and can be especially important for transgender and gender-expansive students so they feel supported and welcome in PHE classes.
Q: How can these principles help me and my friends feel more comfortable in puberty ed classes?
You know that puberty is a time of change, but you may not see yourself represented in your PHE classes. Every journey to adulthood is unique, regardless of gender, and every student deserves to be safe, seen and supported in your classrooms.
Q: How can I get my school to adopt the principles?
Schools may have varying levels of interest in adopting these principles, so you may have greater success by aiming to start a conversation, and then determining how to proceed. Some schools may be ready to adopt the principles immediately; others may want more background and support. Try to find adults in the school community, including parents, teachers, and administrators who can help you create a plan. We have found that a great place to start is simply to ask, “How is our school accounting for the unique gender of all students?” Gender Spectrum can also help: we have worked with hundreds of school districts, state education departments, and other educational organizations to bring gender-inclusive environments to schools. Contact us for more information about our work with schools.