Supporting Your Young Gender Non-Conforming Child

Produced by the HRC Foundation

HRC Foundation’s Parents for Transgender Equality National Council Member Jennifer Solomon and Youth Well-Being Coordinator Pallavi Rudraraju partnered to create HRC Foundation’s 2020 resource for parents of gender non-conforming children, Supporting Your Young Gender Non-Conforming Child.

This resource serves as a guide for parents of young gender non-conforming children to better understand and support their child, while empowering them in navigating common situations they may encounter in school, in the community and with other family members.

Young gender non-conforming children who are supported and affirmed and accepted by their family in general experience higher self-esteem and better health outcomes and are less likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. For these reasons, it is important for parents and guardians to make sure their home is a place where their child feels safe and loved unconditionally.

This guide contains the following:

  • A glossary of relevant terms to better understand gender expansive identities
  • Advice for navigating common situations
  • A book list for parents, caregivers and youth
  • Support in finding a competent and inclusive health care provider
  • Addressing common misconceptions about gender non-conforming children
  • Additional resources for parents, caregivers, and youth-serving professionals

To learn more about supporting young gender non-conforming youth, visit HRC’s Welcoming Schools, All Children-All Families, and Youth Well-Being Programs.


Supporting Your Young Gender Non-Conforming Child



Apoyando a Tu Niñx de Género No Conforme


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