Trans Lifeline Library:

Parents of Trans  Youth

Resources for the parents/caregivers
of transgender youth & teens

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For Parents of Trans Youth

Family Safety


What is a Safe Folder?

A safe folder is a collection of documents about your child that you can keep in a binder or folder in order to protect your family and educate others. 

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Ensuring Privacy and Appropriate Disclosure

Once your child’s gender identity has been shared with someone, it can’t be unshared. Their consent for you to share this information is incredibly important–the most basic respect you can give trans people is the right to self-determine how out or visible they want to be.

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Welcome To The Club



First of all, don’t panic! If your child has recently come out to you, or if you think they might, you’re in good company. This can feel like a huge change for your family– fortunately, support, community, and resources are more widely available than ever before.

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Trans 101 (Binary and Non-Binary, Spectrum)

Learning about the various ways that people experience and describe gender can feel overwhelming at first, and that’s okay.

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Showing Acceptance, Validation

Studies have repeatedly shown that trans kids who receive support at home are less likely to experience depression, anxiety, or suicidality–being trans doesn’t cause mental illness, but being abandoned or rejected by your family and community does.

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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.

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Medical Transition

Medical transition is the physical transition process that most people think of when it comes to trans folks.

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Legal Transition

Legal transition is the process of pursuing a name and/or gender marker change on vital documents, so that trans people can legally use the name and gender marker with which they identify when it comes to things like banking, government business, education, healthcare, and their career.

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Advocating For Your Child in School


Communicating with Administrators and Teachers

Learn how to best advocate for your child in school.

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You and Your Child’s Rights in School/Academics

Learn about your child’s rights and Title IX.

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Other Resources (which includes Teenpower
Fullpower adult safety)

is the global nonprofit leader in personal safety education for all ages, teaching skills for strong relationships and the prevention of harm.
Areas of expertise include bullying, assault, and abuse prevention as well as strategies to protect safety in the face of prejudice-based harm…

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