“Parenthood is about raising and celebrating the child you have, not the child you thought you would have. It's about understanding that they are exactly the person they are supposed to be. And that, if you're lucky, they just might be the teacher who turns you into the person you are supposed to be.”
As this quote from "The Water Giver" by Joan Ryan hints, parents can make a tremendous difference in how children experience their gender. Recognizing that every family is unique, with different family dynamics, as well as cultural, social, and religious influences, we can help you navigate the gender journey of the children in your life.
When we talk about “family,” we are not referring only to people related by genetics. Families can come in all configurations, including adoptive or foster parents, grandparents, extended family, mentors, or one’s chosen family made up of close friends. Similarly, “parenting” can be done by a variety of adults in a child’s life, not just by legal parents or guardians. Our work is for all types of “family” and all adults who “parent” a child.
Find all of our resources, groups, programs and more for parents and families, below.
Resources on Gender for All Children and Youth
View our collection of resources and answers to common questions to help all parents, caregivers or family members learn more about gender and youth.
Resources for Supporting Your Gender Expansive Child
There is a growing body of knowledge and tools on supporting the needs of children and youth who are transgender, nonbinary or gender expansive. We have a wealth of resources that can help.
Parent and Family Groups
Gender Spectrum hosts online groups that provide the opportunity to connect with others, share experiences, and feel the comfort of a supportive community.
Online Programs for Parents and Family
Learn ways that you can support children and youth in your family.
See how support from parents, caregivers and family members gives children the freedom to be who they are.
Gender Spectrum Conference
The Gender Spectrum Conference is for families with transgender, nonbinary and gender expansive children, with programs for parents, family members, young adults and children of all ages.
The Lounge is our online community, a space for parents, caregivers, and family members to connect with each other and with professionals who work with youth. Members can form their own groups and participate in our broader online community. Meet new people and connect with others online.
Our nationwide Directory of in-person and online groups connects you to valuable support for youth, parents and families.
Discover upcoming events, webinars, workshops and other events.