Be Who You Are, the new book written by Jennifer Carr and illustrated by Ben Rumback is the first of a series designed to educate children, siblings, parents, family, friends, caregivers, educators and the community about gender non-conforming and transgender children.
Be Who You Are was written to open minds and hearts to the concept of children who do not identify with their birth gender. Gender diverse or transgender children are often misunderstood, ridiculed, physically assaulted or shamed into acting contrary to how they feel causing lasting and damaging effects.
Transitions of the Heart is the first collection to invite mothers of transgender and gender variant children to tell their own stories. Often “transitioning” socially and emotionally alongside their children, parents have their own parallel process to work through, and few resources to depend on.
The Beyond the binary booklet was created by the Transgender law centre in San Francisco, California. It’s intended for use by students and teachers to discuss gender identity other than male and female.
Note: the legal information and statistics are drawn from studies in the USA, however, the rest of the information is really good to get conversations going in a school environment.
My Agender is a collection of personal stories which explore the interplay between gender and sexuality. The stories in this book are written from the heart and explore the pain, strength and courage it takes to express your authentic self.
Identity, determination and individuality are common themes which each contributor displays with incredible honesty and vulnerability. Several stores reflect on past experiences and highlight the importance of being free to be yourself. It is time to challenge binary thinking and explore the ‘in-between’.
I absolutely love reading short stories, even better ones that I can relate to and that cover the diversity of the GLBTIQ community. This book holds a special place on my shelf because each story is so familiar – I can relate to them, the authors and at the same time learn something new from/of each. This is an excellent read for young and old, trips and before bed, as well as an excellent gift for all occasions and one that should be on every library shelf.
Here is a really good article on the trials and tribulations of transgendered children and their parents.
It goes into detail about the current situation in Australia with regard to puberty blockers and hormones, and uses correct pronouns for all concerned.
Note: While the article speaks exclusively of transsexual children and their parents, the situation is very similar if not identical for the parents and families of gender-questioning and genderqueer people.
These videos were inspired by the Sunday Times special on “boys who wear dresses”. They contain great information on gender variance and other issues which come up with gender variant kids and explanations of terminology.
Facing Mirrors is an Iranian German co-production about a trans-man in modern-day Iran.
(from the MQFF website)
Two women – poles apart in background and belief – find themselves awkward travelling companions in a desperate car ride through Tehran. Conservative Randa is covertly driving her jailed husband’s taxi; upfront pre-op transsexual Adineh is fleeing the country to escape her wealthy family’s insistence on a pre-arranged marriage. Avoiding gender stereotypes, Facing Mirrors charts the unexpected friendship that develops between the two.
Gun Hill Road is the story of a family in transition. It is the story of a young man exploring his sexuality in an intolerant and judgmental world and his exploration’s impact on his relationship with his parents and himself.
Note: While the subject-matter is transgender in form, it gives an indication of how families cope with gender variance.
The FTM Australia family and friends resources page contains great information for family members.
Note: Even though these resources are intended for Transgendered people, we think they’re a great place to get information that will help you with the many different hurdles you have with a gender-questioning or genderqueer family member or friend.
True Colours is an online group for the parents of Trans people who need to change their bodies to affirm their internal gender identity. We operate an email discussion group which you can join by contacting us and introduciong yourself.
About True Colours
(from the website)
This website represents young people who experience transsexualism and a network of their parents, families and supporters throughout Australia
Our message to young people with transsexualism and to other parents and families like us is “You are not alone! Transsexualism is a natural example of human diversity. Young people with transsexualism are entitled to be believed about who they say they are and you are entitled to support them and to make sure they receive the proper timely diagnosis and medical treatment they need in order to live the full and fulfilling lives to which they are entitled.”