Documentary: Growing Up Trans

(From PBS) 

Just a generation ago, it was adults, not kids, who changed genders. But today, many children are transitioning, too — at younger and younger ages. Told from the perspective of parents, doctors and, most revealing of all, the kids themselves, FRONTLINE’s “Growing Up Trans” takes a look at how a new generation is navigating the changing and complicated world of gender and identity.

21 YA Books with Trans and Nonbinary Characters

(From Epic Reads)

Stories about transgender and nonbinary teenagers are important and necessary in YA fiction, full stop. While there are certainly more books available now about trans and nonbinary teens than there were, say, a decade ago, there’s still plenty of room for books with trans characters!

And because trans and nonbinary folks are not a monolith, we need all the stories we can get! Hard-hitting contemporary to the highest of fantasy, these stories are crucial to teens (and beyond!) who are struggling to find books they feel represented in.

Here are some YA books with trans and nonbinary characters, each telling a unique story!

Booklet: OurTrans Loves Ones

(From PFLAG) 

OurTrans Loves Ones: Question and Answers for Parents, Families and Friends of People who are Transgender and Gender Expansive

This guide focuses on providing support for families and friends of transgender and gender-expansive children, adolescents, and adults.
Our experiences, expertise, knowledge, and resources continue to evolve over time, and therefore, we encourage you to check with medical, mental health, social services, and other professional providers, or local support groups—including PFLAG chapters—for the most up-to-date information on transgender and gender-expansive experiences.

LGBTQ+ Youth Guide: Coming Out Safely

(From Live Out Loud) 

We all deserve the right to live our lives genuinely, completely, and honestly. Race, ethnicity, language, religion, culture, gender expression, attraction to others, and gender identity should never be barriers to us living our lives to the fullest.

With that said, different elements of our identities can lead to different coming out experiences, challenges, and responses from those whom with we share our true selves.

When We Rise

About The Series

(From ABC) 

When We Rise is a docudrama miniseries created by award-winning filmmaker Dustin Lance Black. It examines 45-years of history within the LGBTQ+ battle for civil rights in America.

Inspired in part by LGBTQ+ activist Cleve Jones’ memoir – When We Rise: My Life in the Movement – the miniseries profiles the lives of several community members as they struggle and triumph personally, professionally, and politically as pioneers of the gay and lesbian rights movement. Taking enormous risks to ensure a more equitable America, the stories of each member of the When We Rise story shows the power of love and perseverance, the struggles and triumphs of living authentic lives, and the enduring influence of a committed and courageous group of people.

The series is currently available to purchase on YouTube.

EduGuide Curriculum

(From Live Out Loud and The It Gets Better Project) 

Interested in introducing When We Rise to your class, GSA group, or other community audience? Our original EduGuide is here to help, and is free to download. It was created in collaboration with The It Gets Better Project is a nonprofit organization with a mission to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth around the globe.

We encourage you to use our EduGuide after your group has screened the When We Rise series in its entirety. But knowing that time restraints can be an issue, we’ve also highlighted selected clips from the series that make it easier to showcase important moments with your group without taking up too much time. The clips – and their accompanying discussion questions, activities, resource suggestions, and more – have been organized into 5 lesson plans. 



Lesson Plan Videos

Each lesson plan in the When We Rise EduGuide includes a short video from Live Out Loud role models sharing a personal connection to the lesson plan’s theme.