Resources for Parents

Guide to Being a Trans Ally

This publication will answer lots of questions and de-mystify the not-at-all secret world of people who are transgender.

San Diego LGBT Center

The San Diego LGBT Center has a number of programs that empower, advocate, embrace, support, and educate with regard to the LGBT community.


Group that offers support, education, and advocacy to LGBTQ persons and their friends and family. Download this free guide for parents, families, and friends of transgender and gender-nonconforming youth to get the basics on what being transgender means, how to talk about it, and how to find the resources that can support you.

Camp Aranu’tiq

The Camp Aranu’tiq mission is to provide transgender and gender-variant youth with a safe, fun, and unique camp experience during which they are able to express gender however they are comfortable and connect with others in similar situations. It is a federally recognized, tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. It is 100% volunteer-run.  The camp was born out of the idea that transgender and gender-variant youth needed a safe place to relate to others like them, away from home, in a beautiful rural setting where they can concentrate on what every camper loves: having fun.

Gender Spectrum

This website is dedicated to those raising children who don’t fit neatly into male or female boxes. Their resources page has a HUGE list of helpful documents that includes: School Resources, Medical and Mental Health Resources, Social Services Resources, and Legal Information.


TransActive is an internationally recognized nonprofit focused on serving the diverse needs of transgender and gender nonconforming (GNC) children, youth, their families, and allies.

Trans Youth Equality Foundation

The Trans Youth Equality Foundation provides education, advocacy, and support for transgender and gender nonconforming children and youth and their families.

Trans Youth Family Allies: For Parents

TYFA has created a wonderful list of resources for parents of transgender youth.

Support Groups

Transforming Family

This is a support group for families with gender-diverse children.  Transforming Family provides a supportive environment for children, adolescents, and their families to explore issues of gender identity.  Their mission is to empower children and families to create supportive and inclusive environments in which gender may be freely expressed and respected. Their vision is to create a society in which ALL children are respected and celebrated. For information on support group meetings please contact:

Valuing Our Families

VOF is a support group for family members and a wonderful place to meet other parents, grandparents, and all family members who support their child. This group also offers support for families experiencing emotional grief while trying to accept and understand their child’s transition. Questions? Call Michell Powers, group facilitator @ 760-390-8096, anytime. Meets on the first Thursday of every month at 6:00 PM at the North County LGBTQ Resource Center- Oceanside, CA

Our Circle – Support Group

The group is a safe haven for all of North County’s young LGBTQ community. Free to attend and open to ages 15-24. Our Circle meets every Thursday evening from 6:00-8:00 PM at the North County LGBTQ Resource Center in Oceanside, CA.



Transgender Family Law: A Guide to Effective Advocacy


Resources for Transgender Teens

Impact: The LGBT Health and Development Program: Transgender 101:


This support site for transgender youth includes sample letters to parents, articles, and links.

Camp Aranu’tiq

The Camp Aranu’tiq mission is to provide transgender and gender-variant youth with a safe, fun, and unique camp experience during which they are able to express gender however they are comfortable and connect with others in similar situations.

Lambda Legal

Survival Tips for Trans Youth

Other Helpful Sites

Resources for Educators & Schools

Lambda Legal: Bending the Mold

Whether you’re transgender or gender non-conforming, questioning, or an ally, this kit is designed to help you make your school a safer place. There’s also an extensive list of resources to help you connect with the transgender community and find support.

GLSEN: Transgender Student Rights

This website contains GLSEN’s collection of information and resources about transgender student’s rights.

National Center for Transgender Equality — Know Your Rights at School

This resource outlines the rights trans and gender nonconforming students have in schools and how to file formal complaints.

Resources for Coming Out

HRC: Trans Visibility Guide:

A guide to coming out and helpful tips for talking with family and friends.

Books for Teens:

Resources for Transgender Children

The Trans Youth Family Allies website contains FAQs, recommended readings, online resources, and information about coming out.

The Trans For Life website is intended as an educational resource for those who are interested in understanding transgender issues and are seeking information on endocrine medical treatment.

Other Helpful Sites


Transgender Friendly Young Children’s Books: