Transgender and gender expansive youth

This is written for young people, their loved ones, and helping professionals. For a general discussion, please visit my overview on gender identity and expression among children and adolescents.

The average age for coming out about one’s gender identity and expression has lowered dramatically thanks to the internet. That means more and more children and adolescents are opening up to friends and loved ones.

For young visitors

There’s help and hope out there! When I was 10 years old, I learned that there were other people like me who questioned their assigned gender. Back then, it was very hard to find information like this, so when I transitioned before you were born, I made this online resource so young people could find reliable information about transition.

You are not alone. Those of us who care about you will do whatever possible to make your transition easier. Please do not hesitate to contact me if there’s anything I can do to help you find information or services.

Too many young people feel isolated and lonely in transition. Don’t let this happen to you! Try not to turn inward. Reach out to those who can help and make you feel better about yourself.

I don’t even know you, but I can tell you that you have a lot to offer the world! Stay proud and think long-term. You have a great life awaiting you– join those of us who made it through the hard time and are living our authentic lives!

For parents, guardians, and caregivers

Welcome! I served on the Board of Directors of the nonprofit TransYouth Family Allies for many years, so I have had a lot of experience in helping young people and their families. I also speak frequently with healthcare professionals about gender identity and expression in children and adolescents.

For educators

For healthcare providers

In 2018, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a policy statement called Ensuring Comprehensive Care and Support for Transgender and Gender-Diverse Children and Adolescents

For everyone else

Please visit my overview on the history and politics of gender identity and expression among children and adolescents.


Terminology

Any time a group is finding its voice, a lot of terms get proposed. Some of the terms being used include:

  • Trans youth / transyouth
  • Trans kids / transkids
  • GNC youth
    • Gender nonconforming
    • Gender non-conforming
    • Gender-nonconforming
    • Gendernonconforming
  • NB youth
    • Non-binary
    • Nonbinary
    • Enby
  • GF youth
    • Gender fluid
    • Genderfluid
  • Gender diverse youth
  • Gender expansive youth
  • Gender creative youth
  • Gender-free youth
  • Gender variant youth
  • Gender incongruent youth
  • Trans children
  • Trans adolescents
  • Transgender children
  • Transgender adolescents

References

Rafferty J, AAP Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health, AAP Committee on Adolescence, AAP Section on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health and Wellness (2018). Ensuring comprehensive care and support for transgender and gender-diverse children and adolescents. Pediatrics. 2018;142(4): e20182162 (PDF) https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2018-2162