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A Message From Our Youth

We are awesome, rad, queer youth.
My pronouns are important and are not a joke.
My name is my name and it is offensive to ask my birth name.
Ask about my interests and not about what is in my pants.
My body anatomy does not dictate my gender or gender expression.
Gender is different from sexual orientation.
Gender identity and gender expression do NOT need to align. And do not need to align in order for pronouns to be valid.
Gender and gender expression is different from your biological sex.


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.

RYC PowerPoint

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

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.

Gender Pronouns

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.

Cornell University

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.

Minus 18

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

Community Resources

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

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.