What does transgender mean?
How is sexual orientation different from gender identity?
What does non-binary mean, and is it different from being transgender?
What name and pronoun do I use?
What should I do if my child tells me that they may be transgender?
1: Is My Child Transgender?
2: What not to do.
Trying to change your child’s gender identity – either by denial, punishment, reparative therapy or any other tactic – is not only ineffective; it is dangerous and can do permanent damage to your child’s mental health. So-called “reparative” or “conversion” therapies, which are typically faith-based, have been uniformly condemned as psychologically harmful by the American Psychological Association, the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and numerous similar professional organizations.
3: Simple Ways to Start Supporting Your Transgender Child
-Always use the name and pronouns that align with your child’s gender identity.
-Be your child’s advocate – call out transphobia when you see it and ask that others respect your child’s identity.
-Educate yourself about the concerns facing transgender youth and adults.
-Learn what schools can and should do to support and affirm your child.
-Encourage your child to stand up for themselves when it is safe to do so, and to set boundaries when necessary.
-Assure your child that they have your unconditional love and support.