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Gay Straight Alliance Network empowering youth activists to fight homophobia and transphobia in school

What is the
Beyond the Binary Campaign? GSA Network’s Beyond the Binary Campaign focuses on making your school safe for transgender and gender non-conforming youth. Get the tools to help your GSA raise awareness regarding gender identity and expression. Learn how to educate students and staff about gender non-conformity and transgender issues. Fight for policies at your school that provide strong protections for transgender and gender non-conforming youth. Challenge the gender binary system in schools!

Visit the
Beyond The Binary at gsanetwork fora campaign guide and tool kit for gender identity activism in schools.

Denver Area Resources for Teens, Parents, and Educators

Rainbow Alley offers GLBT youth groups around topics such as drugs and alcohol, HIV and AIDS, coming out, suicide prevention, personal safety, and school struggles.
Address: 1301 E Colfax, Denver , CO 80218.
Phone: 303-733-7743 (main phone) 303-282-9399 (fax)
Hours:10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday - Friday and Noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday

Rainbow Alley
303-831-0442 (Drop-In Center number)
Call for Rainbow Alley drop-in hours.

OASOS: Open and Affirming Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Support.
OASOS is a safe and confidential group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two spirit, gender queer, transsexual, pansexual, polyamorous, inter-sex, queer, and questioning (LGBTIQ for short) youth ages 13-20. We meet once a week in both Boulder and Longmont.
Phone: 303-678-6139.
Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Call 303.678.6259 for directions and more information!
Thursdays, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Call 303.678.6259 for more information!

Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG): 
National PFLAG Website:
Denver: Circle of Pride: (ages 13-22) PFLAG Teens & Parents Group
Address: P.O. Box 18901, Denver, CO  80218-0901
Phone: 303-573-5861
Boulder: PFLAG Boulder County meets on the second Tuesday of every month at the First United Methodist Church of Boulder.
Programs begin at 7:00pm and support groups follow at 8:30pm.
Address: First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce Street, Boulder.
Phone: 303-444-8164
Transgender Literature for Young Adults
It's not easy to locate young adult books with transgender characters or topics using the library catalog. The Education and Social Science Library at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana has created a bibliography of resources, including guides to young adult transgender literature as well as fiction and nonfiction about transgender characters and people. The bibliography can be found here:

- American Library Association Rainbow Project The Rainbow Project puts together a yearly bibliography of GLBTQ books for children and young adults. Members of the Rainbow Project come from the American Library Association GLBT and Social Responsibilities Round Tables.

Lambda Literary Awards Launched in 1989 by the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Lambda Literary Awards is the nation's most celebrated and comprehensive collection of awards for GLBT writing, including fiction, poetry, mystery, nonfiction, and works for adults as well as for children and young adults.

- Robert Bittner's article in
The ALAN Review: Bittner, Robert. "The Trouble with Normal: Trans Youth and the Desire for Normalcy as Reflected in Young Adult Literature." The ALAN Review 37.2 (2010): 31-35.

The Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award This is a yearly award for GLBT books. This award is sponsored by the American Library Association GLBT Round Table.

Guide to Young Adult Transgender Literature

Webber, Carlisle K.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Teen Literature: a Guide to Reading Interests. 2010. Webber has assembled a guide for public and school librarians to current literature of specific interest to young people of sexual minorities. She suggests titles to help create, expand, or update a collection. Full bibliographic citations and annotations are provided for the categories coming of age, contemporary realistic fiction, issues, genre fiction, alternative formats such as poetry and graphic novels, and GLBTQ nonfiction.


Anders, Charlie.
Choir Boy. 2005. Twelve-year-old choirboy Berry wants nothing more than to remain a choirboy. Desperate to keep his voice from changing, he tries unsuccessfully to castrate himself, and then convinces a clinic to treat him as a transsexual. Berry begins a series of hormone pills, which keep his voice from deepening but also cause him to grow breasts. When his parents and friends discover the truth about him, Berry faces a world of unexpected gender issues that push him into a universe far more complex than anything he has experienced.

Brothers, Meagan.
Debbie Harry Sings in French. 2008. When Johnny discovers Debbie Harry, the lead singer of Blondie, he not only likes her music but realizes that he kind of, sort of, wants to BE her. He'd like to be cool and tough and beautiful like her. He'd like to dress like her. He's not gay, at least he doesn't think so. So what does it mean? And what should he tell his amazing new girlfriend? This novel introduces shades of gray into the black-and white ideas of sexuality and gender.

Cart, Michael (ed).
How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity. 2009. Presents twelve stories by contemporary, award-winning young adult authors, some presented in graphic or letter format, which explore themes of gender, identity, love, and sexuality. Three stories include transgender characters.

Cart, Michael (ed).
Love and Sex: Ten Stories of Truth. 2001. Ten original stories by adult and teen authors look at love and sexuality. "The Welcome" by Emma Donoghue is about a young lesbian with a crush on a woman who she learns is transgender.

Ewert, Marcus.
10,000 Dresses. 2008. Bailey longs to wear the beautiful dresses of her dreams but is ridiculed by her unsympathetic family who rejects her true perception of herself and insists that Bailey is a boy.

Katcher, Brian.
Almost Perfect. 2009. Logan befriends new girl Sage, and quickly develops a crush on her. Sage discloses her big secret to Logan: she's actually a boy. Enraged, frightened, and feeling betrayed, Logan lashes out at Sage and disowns her. But once Logan comes to terms with what happened, he reaches out to Sage in an attempt to understand her situation. But Logan has no idea how rocky the road back to friendship will be.

Peters, Julie Ann.
grl2grl: short fictions. 2008. In this short story collection, Julie Anne Peters offers a stunning portrayal of young women as they navigate the hurdles of relationships and sexual identity. Stories include a transgender teen longing for a sense of self.

Peters, Julie Ann.
Luna. 2004. Fifteen-year-old Regan's life, which has always revolved around keeping her older brother Liam's transsexuality a secret, changes when Liam decides to start the process of "transitioning" by first telling his family and friends that he is a girl who was born in a boy's body.

Wittlinger, Ellen.
Parrotfish. 2007. Grady, a transgender high school student, yearns for acceptance by his classmates and family as he struggles to adjust to his new identity as a male.


Beam, Cris.
Transparent: Love, Family, and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers. 2007. When Cris Beam first moved to Los Angeles, she started volunteering at a school for transgender kids. In Transparent she introduces four of them and shows us their world, a dizzying mix of familiar teenage cliques and crushes with far less familiar challenges like how to morph your body on a few dollars a day. This is an adult book that could work with older teens interested in this subject.

Franco, Betsy.
Falling Hard: 100 Love Poems by Teenagers. 2008. From an acclaimed anthologist comes this unforgettable collection of poems by teenagers--straight, gay, bi, and transgender--capturing the vertigo-inducing realm of romantic love.

Garden, Nancy.
Hear Us Out!: Lesbian and Gay Stories of Struggle, Progress and Hope, 1950 to the Present. 2007. In this unique history, Nancy Garden uses both fact and fiction to explore just what it has meant to be young and gay in America during the last fifty years. For each decade from the 1950s on, she discusses in an essay the social and political events that shaped the lives of GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender) people during that era. Garden's book occasionally looks at laws and social norms affecting people who are transgender.

Howey, Noelle and Ellen Samuels (ed).
Out of the Ordinary: Essays on Growing Up with Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Parents. 2000. Ranging from humorous to poignant, the essays touch on some of the most important and complicated issues facing kids growing up with GLBT parents: dealing with a parent's sexuality while developing an identity of one's own; overcoming homophobia at school and at family or social gatherings; and defining the modern family. Out of the Ordinary also includes a resource guide of organizations that offer support for the hundreds of thousands of gay, lesbian, and transgender parents and their children. This book won the 2001 Lambda Literary Award for the Children/Young Adults category.

Huegel, Kelly.
GLBTQ: the Survival Guide for Queer & Questioning Teens. 2003. Author Kelly Huegel understands what GLBT teens want and need to know. As a teen, she struggled to realize and accept her own identity. Her frank, sensitive book is written for teens who are beginning to question their sexual or gender identity, those who are interested in GLBT issues and rights, and those who need guidance, reassurance, or reminders that they aren't alone. Kelly offers practical advice, knowing encouragement, accessible resources, and real-life testimonials from teens that have been there. Topics include coming out, facing prejudice and pressure, getting support, navigating relationships, staying safe, making healthy choices, surviving and thriving in high school, and more.

Levithan, David and Billy Merrell (ed).
The Full Spectrum: a New Generation of Writing About Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identities. 2006. YA authors David Levithan and Billy Merrell have collected original poems, essays, and stories by young adults in their teens and early 20s. The Full Spectrum includes a variety of writers - gay, lesbian, bisexual, straight, transitioning, and questioning - on a variety of subjects: coming out, family, friendship, religion/faith, first kisses, break-ups, and many others.

Sonnie, Amy.
Revolutionary Voices: a Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology. 2000. Celebrating the future of GLBT, Sonnie presents a collection of experiences, ideas, dreams, and fantasies expressed through prose, poetry, artwork, letters, diaries, and performance pieces. Transgender, transsexual, and transphobia are terms defined and used throughout.

Posted by Nancy O'Brien at January 2, 2011 11:33 AM
Websites for Teens:

The AntiJen Pages

Youth Resource



Mermaids (for youth and their families)

For young trans women:

For trans guys of all ages: The Transitional Male

For teens with parents who are gay or transgender.

TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation Dedicated to funding research and education about transgender issues to build a brighter future for all TransKids.Our children aren't pink or blue - but rather - various shades of purple.

TransYouth Family Allies
Understanding through Education

MISSION: TYFA empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities, to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected.
VISION: We work to create a society free of suicide and violence in which ALL children are respected and celebrated. Specifically, TransYouth Family Allies will work to:
  • Educate and inform schools, healthcare professionals, daycare centers, courts and legal representatives, child welfare agencies and communities about discrimination on the basis of gender identity or gender expression.
  • Eliminate harassment, oppression, and violence motivated by ignorance, fear, and hatred of transgender children and youth.
  • Work to inform citizens, including legislators about advances in medical science and current standards of care with regard to the legal status of transgendered and gender variant children.
  • Work to form alliances with organizations and individuals to help achieve support services for the transgender and gender variant children of America, so that they and their families may find the services and support that they need to live their lives free of harassment and obstruction.

he Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network:
GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.
Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network of Colorado
The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.
Address: PO Box 280346 , Lakewood, CO 80228-0346
Phone: (303) 936-6562; FAX: (303) 221-1827;

Through research-based interventions, GLSEN provides resources and support for schools to implement effective and age-appropriate anti-bullying programs to improve school climate for all students. While many schools show a willingness to address bullying generally, effective efforts must address the pervasive issue of anti-LGBT bullying as a crucial element of the problem. Follow the link for information and downloads for programs and resources to help all members of the school community address bullying in inclusive and effective ways.

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) is the premier source of knowledge, professional development, and resources, empowering school psychologists to ensure that all children and youth attain optimal learning and mental health. NASP represents school psychology and supports school psychologists to enhance the learning and mental health of all children and youth.
NASP Workgroup on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Issues:
This workgroup was established to identify actions NASP can take to fulfill the spirit of NASP's recently revised Position Statement on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (GLBTQ) Youth, which calls for providing a safe and secure educational atmosphere for sexual minority youth through interventions, program development, and research.
New Poster Series from the NASP GLB Issues Workgroup (follow link to download free color PDF posters)
NASP and the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues Workgroup are pleased to announce the immediate availability of the Safe Schools/Respect Our Differences classroom poster series. They are available in English and Spanish. Any educator may download these 8X10 color posters free of charge from the NASP website for display in your classrooms and/or schools. These posters will serve as a visible reminder of educators' commitment to a fair and welcoming learning environment for all students and families. Enjoy and visit the NASP website for other exciting projects and promotions to come.

The Safe Schools Coalition is an international public-private partnership in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, that is working to help schools - at home and all over the world - become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.
Transgender and Gender Variant Children and Youth: Resources for Parents/Guardians, Family Members, Educators and Allies:

The National GLBTQ Youth Foundation
The Mission of the The National GLBTQ Youth Foundation is to improve the social support and mental health of sexual minority and gender variant youth.  We address the negative impact of homophobic discrimination and social stigmatization. There are many organizations dedicated to advancing equal rights for sexual minorities but The National GLBTQ Youth Foundation is the only organization solely dedicated to improving psychological research and advancing evidence-based social support programs for sexual and gender minority youth. 

Phone: 503-477-5330.