Antidiscrimination law, individual, state and federal trans rights.

Education & Training

Earthside Inclusive Education Materials

Education materials inclusive of the LGBTTQIA+ community, and anybody else navigating the spaces of pregnancy, birth, parenting, and postpartum.

Link: https://linktr.ee/earthside.nz 

Family Acceptance Project

A planned series of powerful, short award-winning documentary films that show how ethnically and religiously diverse families learn to support and accept their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children – informed by the Family Acceptance Project’s groundbreaking research.

Link: https://www.familyacceptanceproject.org/ 

Gender Diversity

Gender Diversity can help your school provide a supportive, non-discriminatory environment for all students, including gender diverse and transgender children. We help administrators, teachers, and staff gently move from awareness to action in order to create more inclusive learning and social environments.

Gender Diversity can help your organization navigate the complexities that sometimes arise when an employee changes their gender. In a non-confrontational manner, we will walk you through the basics of gender identity and expression, the applicability of these concepts, the ethical and legal considerations and apply them to your specific circumstances and/or workplace.

Gender Diversity offers professional level education and training programs designed to increase the understanding of transgender populations of all ages. Our seminars serve to increase the knowledge of concepts such as gender identity and gender expression and the diverse ways in which these can manifest.

Link: http://genderdiversity.org/

Human Rights Campaign

Our goal at the Human Rights Campaign is to ensure that every LGBTQ+ person is free to live their life openly, with their equal rights ensured. We know that goal requires that we keep educating, supporting and inspiring ourselves and each other. In the spirit of that continual growth, we’ve compiled information and advice on a range of topics, including resources from the HRC Foundation

Link: https://www.hrc.org/resources 

NWYS Queer Employment & Education

In both Whatcom and Skagit counties, youth are able to connect 1:1 in person or remotely with an education and employment coordinator to build a plan that focuses on their individual goals.

For employment goals this can include:​

  • Resume building and cover letter writing
  • Individual job search and strategies
  • Interview preparation and resources
  • Paid training opportunities
  • Conviction history support
  • Community resource referrals in Whatcom (Worksource, Goodwill) or Skagit (Goodwill)

For education goals this can include:

  • Education consult and planning
    Connections to Whatcom or Skagit County school districts
  • Referrals to GED/HS Diploma or secondary programs in Whatcom (Bellingham Technical College, Whatcom Community College,) or Skagit (Skagit Valley College, Job Corps)

Link: https://www.nwys.org/employment-education

PFLAG

PFLAG Academy Online brings free, monthly learning sessions right to your computer screen. Benefit from PFLAG National’s diverse learning options, informed staff, great guests, and input from other participants…all without leaving home. All you need is a computer (or mobile device) and the drive to lead with love and move equality forward.

Link: https://pflag.org/onlineacademy 

Transgender Teen Survival Guide
We are a blog created for people of all ages who have questions concerning their gender identity.
Link: https://transgenderteensurvivalguide.com/
Trans Youth Equality Foundation

The Trans Youth Equality Foundation provides education, advocacy and support for transgender and gender non-conforming children and youth and their families. Our mission is to share information about the unique needs of this community, partnering with families, educators and service providers to help foster a healthy, caring, and safe environment for all transgender children. 

Link: http://www.transyouthequality.org/

Articles & Books

14 Children's Books Starring Trans or Gender-Nonconforming Kids

Celebrate Pride month with these picture and chapter books about kids who are transgender or gender-nonconforming. Looking for more LGBTQ+ reads for children? Check out the Children’s section of the BPL’s inaugural We Are Pride booklist: http://www.bpl.org/pride/

Link: https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/list/share/114354577/940206117 

Affirmative Articles from GDA Working Group

A collection of studies and other published articles demonstrating the evidence that affirmative approaches yield happier, healthier, and better adjusted youth, and contradicting the principles of “Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria”. We believe these to be representative of current thinking and research.

Link: https://www.gdaworkinggroup.com/affirmative-articles 

A Safe Girl to Love

Eleven unique short stories that stretch from a rural Canadian Mennonite town to a hipster gay bar in Brooklyn, featuring young trans women stumbling through loss, sex, harassment, and love.

These stories, shiny with whiskey and prairie sunsets, rattling subways and neglected cats, show growing up as a trans girl can be charming, funny, frustrating, or sad, but never will it be predictable.

Link: https://caseyplett.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/a-safe-girl-to-love-casey-plett.pdf 

Between the (Gender) Lines: the Science of Transgender Identity

In 2016, a controversial bill was signed in Georgia, banning transgender individuals from using restrooms designated for the sex with which they identify. In the wake of this legislation, Between the (Gender) Lines: The Science of Transgender Identity explored what was known at the time about transgender identity, discussing scientific evidence for its biological bases, as well as the social and psychological ramifications of binary gender classifications.

Link: https://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2016/gender-lines-science-transgender-identity/ 

Binding Guide
Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Every week we get messages from people that say how their lives have been changed by the books that we publish, how we’ve helped them feel included in a society where difference is all too often frowned upon.

We believe in the importance of promoting diversity, which is why we publish authors who have lived experiences of the topics we cover. So, our books about autism are written by autistic people, just as our books about gender diversity are written by people who identify as gender fluid. Our authors are the experts, and it’s our job to make sure their voices are heard.

Link: https://us.jkp.com/ 

Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers

Twenty-five new science fiction and fantasy short stories by transgender writers from theUS, Canada and beyond. Adding to the body of LGBT literature that straddles politics and entertainment,Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers,represents the arrival of a new perspective in genre fiction.

Link: https://caseyplett.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/meanwhile-elsewhere-interior-master.pdf 

Nonfiction Transgender Books

Seattle Public Library carries a wide assortment of transgender materials. This list is a sample of non-fiction books available. Some titles are also available as eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, and audiobook on CD.

Link: https://seattle.bibliocommons.com/list/share/138670692_cap_adult/326284071_transgender_non-fiction_books_-_seattle_public_library_(spl)  

Reading Lists for Adults, Kids, Teens and Educators From Trans Families

Recommended articles, books, and more from Trans Family Support Services.

Link: https://transfamilysos.org/recommended-reading/ 

Safer Hormone Injection Guide
SCH Fertility Preservation For Gender-Diverse Youth and Young Adults

Gender-affirming hormones and some surgeries can make it hard or impossible to get pregnant or to make someone pregnant. Before starting these treatments, some people take steps to make it more likely to have biological children in the future. This is called fertility preservation.

Link: https://www.seattlechildrens.org/globalassets/documents/for-patients-and-families/pfe/pe3359.pdf

Supporting and Caring for Transgender Children

This guide is designed for anyone who knows a transgender or gender-expansive child, plans to write about children who transition, or simply wants to learn more. It reviews what medical and education experts know about transgender children, explores some myths about gender transition in childhood, and offers suggestions for adults with a transgender child in their life.

Link: https://assets2.hrc.org/files/documents/SupportingCaringforTransChildren.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2_hJhYIdsMnHF_OwjLJ5pluc6NsXpcTSKdPJypBowjcUHHBbFYdNlO_7A 

Tanner Scale

Tanner scale is a well-accepted rating system to assess maturity. In spinal disorders, it is used to assess sceletal maturity, thus growth potential. So, it is important in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

Link: http://www.scientificspine.com/spine-scores/tanner-scale.html 

The 21 Best Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Books for Kids

Here’s a comprehensive list of great books for kids — novels, picture books, workbooks, memoirs and profiles — that deal with transgender and intersex issues, gender non-conformity and sexual orientation as it relates to trans people. 

Link: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-21-best-transgender-b_b_9702762 

The Pineapple Project's Suggested Children's Books

“Boys can’t be princesses!” The impetus for The Pineapple Project came out of this moment during play between Mal and Mal’s niece. As a nonbinary person and theater artist, Mal knew that this moment could not go by without recognizing how early in a child’s development, ideas and influences can form around gender. And with years of experience working with LGBTQ youth who struggle with their gender, Mal, Becca, and Renee, felt it was time to create a theater piece that could help broaden the conversation as well as advocate for and validate each child’s individual freedom to be who they are. 

Link: https://www.pineappleproject.org/home 

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves
A resource for the transgender community.
Trans Bodies, Trans Selves (TBTS) is written by and for transgender and gender nonconforming people (although we hope that many allies will read it as well!). We have endeavored to make it as radical as its predecessor. Where OBOS challenged the medical establishment’s monopoly on knowledge about women’s bodies, TBTS shares trans health information and implores medical providers to educate themselves about trans bodies. Where the original questioned psychiatry’s condemnation of lesbian identity, we fight the similar treatment of transgender identity. As a psychiatrist, one of my personal goals for activism is to help lead the fight against pathologization of trans identities.
Link: file:///C:/Users/sbond/Downloads/Trans%20bodies,%20trans%20selves%20_%20a%20resource%20for%20the%20transgender%20community%20(%20PDFDrive%20).pdf
Transgender Memoirs & Biographies
"Trans" the Movie available on Amazon

Trans is an extraordinary documentary feature about men and women, and all the variations in between. It is about the transgender community, perhaps the most misunderstood and mistreated minority in America and around the world. Inspired by the incredible story of Dr. Christine McGinn and her work as a transgender surgeon.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Trans-Erica-Fields/dp/B00KELS160 

Who gets to decide when a 14-year-old wants to change gender? The child, the hospital, the battling parents?

A B.C. case raises difficult questions about parental rights and about how young is too young to make medical decisions. The result is a messy ethical and legal tangle.

Link: https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/who-gets-to-decide-when-a-14-year-old-wants-to-change-gender