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We know that many educators and administrators have limited prior experience with accommodating transgender and gender-variant youth. We are here to help you plan for the best interests of the child, as well as for helping other pupils, parents, teachers, staff, school boards, and the media understand the circumstances and your school’s response.

TYFA resource documents

Our materials are available as both web pages and printable PDFs. You may print, link to, or distribute these documents by mail or electronically (without additions or modifications per our copyright notice).

Frequently Asked Questions

A compilation of questions and answers frequently asked by parents, educators and practitioners.

Learning the Lingo

An introduction to language used when discussing the topic of gender variant and transgender children.

The Ian Benson Project

This is a TYFA program under development which addresses harm reduction and suicide reduction/prevention. Our Amethyst Ribbon Campaign is designed to raise awareness.

Other Resource Documents

These resource articles have been published by various authors and are provided here for your convenience. Please print as posted here and give credit to the original source/author.

GLSEN’s fifth biennial National School Climate Survey (NSCS, 2007)
This is the only national survey concerning the school experiences of students who identify as LGBT, show that issues of sexual orientation and gender identity remain a very big deal in our schools, This comprehensive 174-page document demonstrates the urgent need for the education of school administrators nationwide. (10-10-2008)

WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health)

The WPATH Board Committee on Public Policy, Advocacy & Liason has issued a very important statement which lays a strong foundation for removing exclusions for medically necessary health care treatment and insurance coverage for transgender children and adults.

American Medical Association

At the 2008 AMA Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates, several items of importance to GLBT persons were approved. Among these was Resolution 122, “Removing Financial Barriers to Care for Transgender Patients…” In addition, physicians are encouraged to post the AMA Non-Discrimination policy prominently in their offices.

American Academy of Pediatrics

This document is excerpted from “Caring for Your School-Age Child: Ages 5-12″, Bantam 1999. It was publised by the American Academy of Pediatrics and briefly illustrates that by age 4, children’s gender identity is stable, and they know they will always be a boy or a girl.

How Young Is Too Young

Written by TYFA Advisory Board Member, Reid Vanderburgh, MA this piece addresses the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation as well as the joys and challenges of childhood gender transition.

To the Beat of a Different Drummer

Source: Contemporary Pediatrics, By: Ellen C. Perrin, MD, Edgardo J. Menvielle, MD, Catherine Tuerk, MA, RN
“A child who is truly ‘gender-variant’ is one who exhibits an ongoing pattern of behavior, not merely a passing interest in the clothes or the preoccupations of the opposite sex.

Difference isn’t wrong…it just is

Excellent introduction to gender variant and transgender children and their families. Feature article by TYFA Founding Member Kim Pearson, published in The Bottom Line (San Diego, CA), November 2, 2007.


Here’s What We Do…

From a Public School Superintendent

During the late winter of this school year I was contacted by an elementary school principal informing me that the parents of a primary grade student were preparing to assist their child in making a gender transition. Prior to that time we had no experience with transgender issues at the elementary school level. These parents referred us to Kim Pearson as a person who might be able to help us better understand the challenges faced by their family.

One phone call to Ms. Pearson led to a conference call including several district officials. We were unanimous in our belief that Kim was indeed a person with whom we could do business. Several comments made by Kim during these phone calls inspired our confidence, not the least of which was, ‘Our goal is to keep your school district out of the national media.’ ”  (continued)


Read other educator testimonials

TYFA Brochure

TYFA Brochure CoverThe TYFA brochure provides an overview of TYFA services, programs, mission and vision.

The tri-fold brochure is titled Understanding Through Education.


You are welcome to download and print copies.

Contact us for professionally-printed bulk orders.



Harsh Realities: The Experiences of Transgender Youth in Our Nation’s Schools
This important 2009 report, issued by Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), contains a comprehensive, in-depth account of the experiences of transgender students.