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.
ACCESS Mental Health
Clinicians work over the telephone to help people navigate the addiction and mental health system. They are familiar with both Alberta Health Services and community based programs and will explore options and direct/refer clients to the most appropriate resource to meet their needs. Access Mental Health is a non-urgent service.
Phone: 403-943-1500 (extension 1 for child and adolescent services)
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. You can live chat with a counsellor on their website or call toll-free 1-800-668-6868.
Calgary Distress Centre: 403-266-4357
General crisis line available via phone or online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
My Health Alberta
MyHealth.Alberta is provided by the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services. Use the search bar to find information about talking about being LQBTQ with your healthcare provider, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and gender expression
A lot of resources are offered to empower transgendered children and their families.
Teen Health Source - Sexual & Gender Diversity
Learn the basics about sexual & gender diversity on their site written just for teens.
Availability 24/7 PFLAG Canada seeks to aid Canadians with issues of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression though support and education.
WPATH aims to promote evidence based care, education, research, advocacy, public policy, and respect in transgender health.
BC Children's Hospital – Transgender Resources
The BCCH Family Support & Resource Centre has collected a number of books and other media on topics of interest to gender-questioning and transgender children and youth, and their families.
Sex & U
Sex & U is an initiative of The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada to provide current, credible and up-to-date information and education on sexual health, including gender identity issues.
Alberta Health Services - LGBTQ+ / Sexual and Gender Diversity
Learn about how AHS works to create a safer and welcoming healthcare environment for sexual and gender minority (LGBTQ+) people on this page.
Alberta Health Services - Sexual and Reproductive Health
Find clinical services, sexual health information and learn more about comprehensive sexuality education programs provided in the community.
Alberta GSA Network
The Alberta GSA Network is a resource for Alberta K-12 students, teachers, and school staff. The network directs people to many resources in Alberta that are available to support learning environments that respect diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions in our schools.
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.
Camp fYrefly is a leadership retreat for LGBTQ youth across Canada.
The Alex - Queermunity
Queermunity is the Alex Youth Health Centre's support group for LGBTQ2+ youth aged 12-24. Meeting times can be found on the Youth Health Centre Program Calendar.
Centre for Sexuality
The Centre for Sexuality aims to normalize sexual health in Alberta by providing evidence-informed, non-judgmental sexual and reproductive health programs and services.
Trans Equality Society of Alberta
TESA’s mission is to be a witness to and a voice for matters concerning transgender Albertans.
Calgary Outlink provides support, education, outreach, and referrals for the LGBTQ2S+ and allied community in Calgary, Alberta.
End of the Rainbow Foundation
End of the Rainbow foundation offers support to LGBTQ+ or SOGIE individuals. The following groups are facilitated by End of the Rainbow: PFLAG Calgary, TransJourneys, TransFamilies Calgary, Positive Spaces, and the LGBTQ+ Newcomers Group.
- Protected areas and grounds under the Alberta human rights act
- Service Alberta - Change of Name, Address or Sex
PDFs and Articles
- 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.
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.
In this book the interconnected effects of biology, nurture, and culture to explore why gender can be fluid, rather than binary are explained. Ehrensaft also addresses the rapidly changing cultural, medical, and legal landscape of gender and identity.
This comprehensive handbook for parents of gender variant or transgender children was written to help families through the unique challenges they may face.
There is a generational divide in our understandings of gender. This comprehensive guidebook helps to bridge that divide by exploring the unique challenges that thousands of families face every day raising a teenager who may be transgender, non-binary, gender-fluid or otherwise gender-expansive.
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.
This children’s books is about a young girl named Kathy who does not see a girl when she looks in the mirror. Instead, she sees a boy and knows she is meant to be Keith, but nobody believes her. Later Kathy and her parents learn that she is not the only child to feel this way. Kathy’s parents support her as she transitions to living life as a boy named Keith.
This simple picture book for young readers is about a transgender girl named Jazz and her transition.
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.
Thank you to our friends from the Metta Clinic at the Alberta Children's Hospital, Calgary Sexual Health, Calgary Outlink, and Reproductive Health, Healthy Children and Families for their contributions.
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.
For more information contact the Child Health Information Specialist at 403-955-7745 or firstname.lastname@example.org