Most people's gender identity matches their anatomy. However, for some people this is not the case. Below are some resources that can be helpful in understanding those experiences as well as how to support those around you.
Skipping Stone Foundation
The Skipping Stone Foundation aims to support and empower transgender and gender diverse youth and their families. It does this by acting as a hub to provide youth and families with accessible peer support, gender affirming gear, mental health support, medical services, ID changes and more.
Gender Creative Kids
This website provides resources to support those youth who are transgender gender diverse, as well as their families.
Calgary Sexual Health Centre
The Calgary Sexual Health Centre aims to normalize sexual health in Alberta by providing evidence-informed, non-judgmental sexual and reproductive health programs and services.
Calgary Outlink is a hub that promotes support and community connectedness for all gender and sexually diverse people and aims to fosters unity and resilience among its members.
Camp fYrefly is a leadership retreat for LGBTQ youth across Canada.
Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinics
A Calgary area network of clinics that provide free, confidential, trans and gender diverse affirming sexual and reproductive health to youth under the age of 29 and younger.
Peer support for trans guys, FTMS, those questioning their gender, trans-masculine folks, and other interested people, allies and partners.
Calgary Outlink’s trans families offers support, discussion, and news for parents and family of transgender expression through support and education.
Queermunity is the Alex Youth Health Centre’s support group for LGBTQ2+ youth aged 12-24.
- Protected areas and grounds under the Alberta human rights act
- Service Alberta – Change of Name, Address or Sex
Trans Life Line
A hotline for transgendered individuals in crisis.
Kids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone offers support for children and youth all across Canada. There is a dedicated section for gender identity where teens can access forums, a wealth of information, and play the Gender Bread Game.
Calgary Distress Centre: 403-266-4357
General crisis line available via phone or online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Centre for Suicide Prevention - Sexual and Gender Minorities and Suicide
LGBT people are at a higher risk for suicide. The centre for suicide prevention has a toolkit with information about warning signs, risk factors, links, programs, and more.
A lot of resources are offered to empower transgendered children and their families.
My Health Alberta
This provides a basic overview of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression.
Teen Health Source - Sexual & Gender Diversity
Learn the basics about sexual & gender diversity on their site written just for teens.
Vancouver Costal Health - Transgender Health Information Program
The main aspects of transgender life are highlighted here - you can learn to navigate social situations and look into various medical options from this useful website.
Availability 24/7 PFLAG Canada seeks to aid Canadians with issues of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression though support and education.
Learn how to set up a GSA at your school to support your LGBTQ peers.
- BC Children’s Hospital
Alberta Health Services: LGBTQ/ Sexual and Gender Diversity
This provides some information about gender awareness, building connections and transgender health with an Alberta focus.
WPATH aims to promote evidence based care, education, research, advocacy, public policy, and respect in transgender health.
- Questions and Answers: Gender Identity in School by Public Health Agency of Canada
- Bully Free Alberta Transphobic Bully Fact Sheet
- Supporting Transgender and Transsexual Students in K-12 Schools: A Guide for Educators
- Families in Transition – A resource Guide for Parents of Trans Youth
- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Recommended Fiction and Nonfiction Resources for K-12, Second Edition by Edmonton Public Schools and Edmonton Public Library
What’s so bad about a Boy Who wants to wear a dress?
By Ruth Padawer.
When boys would rather not be boys: Kids are being diagnosed and identifying themselves as transgendered younger than ever before.
By Roberta Staley.
Norman Spack (Boston Children’s Hospital): How I help transgender teens become who they want to be
Dr. Spack talks about the differences between sex and gender. Using his clinical experience his details how those with gender that does not match their sex experience hardship.
Tomboy (Short Animation)
This short animated story shows a day in the life of Alex, a girl who likes ‘boy stuff’. In show and tell she is asked if she is a boy and a girl and is then harassed on the playground for being more masculine.
Kids in the House - Transgender Video Series
A series of short information videos on a variety of transgender topics/ issues by clinical psychologists Diane Ehrensaft, PhD, author of gender born, gender made: raising healthy gender- nonconforming children (2011).
You can download, print, and share this list.
Dr. Erhensaft draws her experience as psychologist for gender nonconforming and transgender children in this guidebook for parents.
A guidebook for parents of gender variant or transgender children written to help families through the unique challenges they may face.
A guide to parents and professionals through the rapidly changing culture, medical, and legal landscape of gender and identity.
Written by a clinical social worker with experience helping transgender teens, this book will help parents understand and help their child.
This book tells the story of how a boy became Hope, the girl she always knew she was meant to be.
This brightly illustrated children’s book provides a straightforward introduction to gender for anyone aged 5+. It presents clear and direct language for understanding and talking about how we experience gender: our bodies, our expression and our identity.
A children’s book about Kathy, who knows that she should be a boy but nobody believes her.
Six teens share their personal stories of transition. Contains language and sexual content.
This thorough book addresses various aspects of life for transgender or genderqueer individuals. Contains language and sexual content.
A simple picture book for young readers about a transgender girl named Jazz.
This material is designed for information purposes only. It should not be used in place of medical advice, instruction and/or treatment. If you have specific questions, please contact your doctor or appropriate health care professional.
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