A Message From Our Youth
There are many questions centered around the LGBTQ+ community. In order to continue to support our LGBTQ+ youth, parents, and mentors, it is important to provide some helpful resources.
Used for many of our trainings.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
It Gets Better Project
The It Gets Better Project supports LGBTQ teens. The project speaks to the difficulties of bring a queer teen and wants them to know that IT GETS BETTER!
Gender Spectrum helps to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.
Movement Advancement Project
Movement Advancement Project focuses on supporting LGBTQ people in rural communities.
The University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee offers a break down of gender pronouns, and why it is okay to use “they” as a singular.
Merriam Webster Dictionary
Another resource on why using “they” as a singular is acceptable.
It’s Time for “They”
An article that explains that using “they” as a singular can disrupt harmful gender expectations and assumptions.
Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation together serve as America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBTQ equality. By inspiring and engaging individuals and communities, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
PBS: A Map of Gender-Diverse Cultures
PBS put together an interactive map that shows cultures across the world that embrace gender-diversity.
TransReads is an online project created by and for transgender people to access writing related to the trans* community. TransReads offers “books, chapters, texts, essays, or articles by, for, or about people who transverse or transcend western gender norms”
National Center For Transgender Equality
The National Center for Transgender Equality locates its home base in Washington, D.C. in order to advocate for transgender folk throughout the U.S. They provide materials on how to become a trans* ally and advocate on the local, state, and national levels in relations to national policy and laws.
This website offers great resources on why pronouns matter. A couple of videos that they provide caught our attention and we want to share them.
Health Across the Gender Spectrum
Helpful videos explain what being transgender means, what it means for children, and what it means to be parents and allies. Navigating the healthcare world is difficult enough as it is, but here are some tips for the health world and how to navigate it within the trans* community.
Academy of Pediatrics
Parenting a Gender Diverse Child: Hard Questions Answered
Academy of Pediatrics
Research on benefits or socially transitioning as a child.
The University of Texas at Austin
Using Chosen Names Reduces Odds of Depression and Suicide in Transgender Youths.
What does the scholarly research say about the effect of gender transition on transgender well-being?
Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
A resource for sorting out fact vs. fiction when confronted with transgender children and anti-trans* narratives.
European Society of Endocrinology
Transgender brains are more like their desired gender from an early age. A short intro to help explain how children can know that they are transgender from early ages.
PFLAG stands for Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization. PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy.
The Friends and Family Plan
The Friends and Family Plan is an online resource for friends and family in the Christian community that helps educate on LGBTQ+ topics.
Arrival is a short film about a young adult man who gets into a relationship with another man. Although he is on his own, he is afraid to come out to his mother. This short film shows the trials and fears of a child, regardless of age, who is afraid to come out to his parent and the amazing things that can happen when he is accepted.
Books for Parents
Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender Non-Conforming Children by Diane Ehrensaft
The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals by Stephanie A. Brill
Raising the Transgender Child: A Complete Guide for Parents, Families, and Caregivers by Michelle Angello and Ali Bowman
I Promised Not To Tell: Raising a Transgender Child by Cheryl B. Evans
Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue by Nicholas Teich
Trans Youth Education and Support (TYES) of Colorado
Trans Youth Education and Support (TYES) of Colorado offers support for trans-varient youth and their families.
A primarily LGBTQ+ youth led group based in Australia offers resources, videos, and training for other LGBTQ+ youth and adults. Many of the youth involved share their coming out stories and why it is important for LGBTQ+ youth to have their voices heard.
Toilets, bowties, gender and me: A Tedx Talk by Audrey Mason-Hyde
Non-binary youth Audrey Mason-Hyde shares their story through an informative Tedx Talk on what it means to grow up while questioning gender and social norms.
In a Heartbeat
In a Heartbeat is a short animated film about a young boy who has a crush on a boy at school. Because he is closeted, he is afraid to let his feelings be seen, but it definitely ends with a happy ending :)
Books for Youth
Who Are You?: The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity by Brooke Pessin-Whedbee
Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer
My Two Dads and Me by Michael Joosten
My Two Moms and Me by Michael Joosten
Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders
Lumberjanes- Graphic Novels
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
George by Alex Gino
Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herri Blake
One True Way by Shannon Hitchcock
Other Boy by M.G. Hennessey
Four Corners Alliance for Diversity
Through outreach initiatives, educational programs, and social events, Four Corners Alliance for Diversity serves community members, from youth to seniors. The organization’s collaborative grassroots efforts provide both support and advocacy to campaigns that strive to affect positive change.
Transgender Resource center of New Mexico
The Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico is dedicated to serving the transgender communities in the state of New Mexico and strives to exist as a clearing house for resources which can support, assist, educate, and advocate for the transgender and gender non conforming population of this state and their families and loved ones. We provide social, educational, emotional, and functional support for all facets of transgender living and promote mutual understanding, acceptance, and equality to achieve a more positive and healthy society.
“One Colorado is the state’s leading advocacy organization dedicated to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families. We effectively advocate for LGBTQ Coloradans and their families by lobbying the General Assembly, the executive branch, and local governments on issues like safe schools, transgender equality, relationship recognition, and LGBTQ health and human services.” One Colorado offers a wide range of resources including how to navigate legal name change and change of legal gender markers.
SASO stands for Sexual Assault Services Organization that offers trainings, materials, etc. to everyone regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity on sexual assault. This service is located in Durango, CO.
PRISM- Fort Lewis College
PRISM is Fort Lewis College’s only LGBTQ+ Registered Student Organization. PRISM focuses on LGBTQ+ education on campus, as well as offering students and community members opportunities to be involved with other LGBTQ+ folk and allies.
Queer Womxn Durango/ Mancos/ Cortez
This group is centered around local queer women who want a community to thrive. Outdoor activities, picnics, potlucks, gatherings, etc. are some things that can happen frequently.