Support the Transgender Children’s Legal Defense Fund!

The mission of this new organization is: “To serve, through advocacy, education, and financial support, affirming parents of transgender, gender fluid, and gender questioning minors who need assistance navigating the court system on behalf of their children in the face of opposition from a non-affirming parent.” Please DONATE NOW if you can!

Trans*Kids Project in the news… Check out these media stories highlighting our work:

Judges can overrule parents on treatment for transgender children, Arizona Supreme Court rules

Why parents are losing custody of trans and gender-nonconforming kids

How do we help transgender children thrive? Be more affirming and supportive

Custody battles over transgender children stress a need for more knowledge and awareness

Identifying as a different gender: As children make gender transitions at younger ages, the real difference is growing public acceptance

We’re presenting our work at USPATH!

We’ll be in L.A. in early February to present our Wave 1 baseline data and also findings from our analysis of interviews with three mothers with trans/gender-nonconforming children with autism spectrum disorder diagnoses. For more info on the conference, click here.

Final Recruitment Call for Custody & Visitation Study!

Do you have a child, grandchild, or other family member who is transgender, gender-nonconforming, or gender creative (i.e., his/her gender identity and/or expression differs from societal expectations for her/his birth sex?) Are you experiencing or have you experienced custody or visitation issues pertaining to that family member’s gender identity and/or expression?

 If you answered “yes” to the above two questions,    you are invited to participate in a study of transgender/gender-creative children and their families who are currently experiencing – or have ever experienced – custody and/or visitation issues/challenges/concerns in relation to the child’s gender identity or expression. For more info about this study, click here: custody-study-announcement.

Happy Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV)!

Today is a day to celebrate trans* people around the globe for their contributions to society and for making the world a better and more interesting place. A huge shout out to Jazz Jennings for all of her accomplishments: A book! A reality TV show! And continued fundraising through the TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation! Thank you, Jazz and Jazz’s family, for all that you do!

And, of course, many many thanks to our study participants who are pioneers in making the world a better place for their kids and for all trans* people and families! Also in celebration of TDOV, check out this fantastic post titled, “31 Trans* Women You Should Know (Besides Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox)”. We appreciated learning about all of the amazing contributions of these trans* women! To learn more about TDOV, go to:

The TransYouth Project

Kristina Olson, Ph.D., and her team at the University of Washington are doing critically important work through their study, “The TransYouth Project.” They will be following 73 pre-pubescent transgender children, ages 3 through 12 years old, all of whom have socially transitioned to living full-time as the gender “opposite” to the gender they were assigned at birth.

They discuss their findings so far in an Op-Ed in the L.A. Times. To sum up their findings, which were recently published in the journal Pediatrics, the children did not exhibit elevated levels of depression and only showed minimally-elevated levels of anxiety, which is to be expected, given the lack of widespread acceptance and support of trans* people in society. We look forward to seeing and learning more from the Dr. Olson and the TransYouth Project!

(Un)Doing Gender: Stories from the Trans*Kids Project

On March 7, 2016, Kate Kuvalanka, P.I. of the Trans*Kids Project, spoke at the University of Rhode Island to an audience of over 250 students, faculty, staff, and community members. During the event, which was titled “(Un)Doing Gender: Stories from the Trans*Kids Project,” Kate shared her insights from talking extensively with the parents and other primary caregivers in her study and shared with the audience members some of the things that the her participants want others to know about their families. A follow-up student news article about the event can be found here.