Your child is making decisions about how s/he wants to present to the world, but it is sometimes hard to know when to help and when to act with caution. Accurate information for families is constantly expanding and can be invaluable for you and your transgender child.
Work With a Supportive Physician
Please talk with your pediatrician about the concerns you have. Medical advice may resolve many questions. However, it’s essential your physician is accepting of LGBTQ patients and there are resources to help locate providers. Here are some national resources to assist:
- The Human Rights Campaign publishes a listing of healthcare facilities throughout the United States that promote equitable and inclusive care for LGBTQ people and their families. (Search for Healthcare Equality Index for the most recent report.)
- The Transgender Care Listing allows you to use qualifiers for practice type and location to find a provider.
- The GLMA is the world’s largest and oldest association of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) healthcare professionals. Medical professionals must self-list. See the provider listing
Helpful Resources for Other Information
Kids In The House is an extensive website for parenting information on a broad range of topics. The transgender section has dozens of videos from parents and experts, a wealth of articles and a forum.
The National Center for Transgender Equality “About Transgender People” has a primer of basic transgender information and links to other resources.
The Mayo Clinic offers a helpful fact sheet at Transgender Facts
GLAAD provides “Tips for Allies of Transgender People” with frequent questions, tips for allies, and a list of links to more resources.
The PFLAG transgender resource page offers a reading list as well as information on a number of legal, social and political issues affecting transgender persons.
Use the Information on this Website.
While there are unique aspects to having a transgender child, the importance of parent actions, a safe and supportive environment, and maintaining a strong relationship with your child are the same for all LGBTQ+ people. Use the information on this site to help. We hear repeatedly from parents that working through the changes of a child coming out can be hard but results in deeper, closer relationships. We hope that is true for your family as well.