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Helping Your Child Transition

Social Transition

For Parents of Trans Youth

Helping Your Child Transition


Social Transition


Social transition is the non-medical process of adopting the name, pronouns, and/or gender expression (clothes, haircuts, etc.) that feels most aligned with a trans person’s identity.

This may also include packing, binding, tucking, or using contouring prostheses. More information about binding or tucking safely can be found in the AFAB or AMAB guides, respectively. Some of these techniques can be unsafe if practiced incorrectly, so it is important to help your child find reputable information and products.


Trans Families–Understanding Transitions

Healthtalk–Experiences of Parents and Carers of Young Trans and Gender Diverse People: Social Transition

Everyday Feminism–6 Reasons to Encourage Your Child to Make Their Own Decision About Their Haircut

Gender Spectrum–Seeking Congruence

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