Transgender and gender nonconforming young people face high rates of discrimination, harassment and abuse at school, in health care facilities, in group homes, and other settings.
Transgender young people are organizing and advocating for their own solutions through programs like TRUTH, Transgender Law Center and GSA Network’s joint youth leadership and storytelling program.
Transgender Law Center has worked with many trans youth and families to advocate for young people’s opportunity to live safe and affirming lives and to have a safe place to learn. We provide information to support in navigating the challenges that can arise for transgender and gender nonconforming youth, including making sure schools and health care settings are respecting a student’s gender identity or gender expression, filing for a legal name and/or gender change, and accessing medical care like puberty blockers or hormones.
Talking about Suicide in Trans Communities – Guide
Schools in Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools: A publication by American Civil Liberties Union, Gender Spectrum, Human Rights Campaign, National Center for Lesbian Rights and National Education Association.
Trans Youth Handbook
A legal resource guide developed by NCLR and the Harvard Law School LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic that covers the rights of trans youth across a wide spectrum of situations, including identity documents, school, health care, non-affirming care environments, and work.
National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)’s LGBTQ Youth Project
NCLR is dedicated to advocating for LGBTQ youth; its website includes resources related to conversion therapy, education, foster care, juvenile justice, and transgender youth.
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TRUTH launches ourtranstruth.org & opens applications (Oakland, CA) – Today, TRUTH, a youth-led program housed at Transgender Law Center and GSA Network, launched a new website to build trans youth power through online organizing and storytelling. The website...
(Kenosha, WI) – Ash Whitaker, the transgender student plaintiff in Whitaker v. Kenosha Unified School District, and his former school district, Kenosha Unified School District (“KUSD”) in Kenosha, Wisconsin, reached a settlement in Ash’s discrimination lawsuit against...
Groundbreaking 7th Circuit Ruling in Favor of Ash Whitaker, Transgender Student Seeking Access to Correct Bathroom
(Chicago, May 30, 2017) Today, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a groundbreaking ruling in favor of Ash Whitaker, the transgender student plaintiff in Whitaker v. Kenosha Unified School District. In a unanimous decision authored by Judge Ann Claire...