TransActive is an internationally recognized non-profit focused on serving the diverse needs of transgender and gender nonconforming (GNC) children, youth, their families and allies.
What we do...
award-winning staff specializes in delivering experienced, professional,
compassionate and affirming education, counseling, case management and
advocacy services to
children, youth and families.
Guided by our "Best Practices" model (RACE) and mindful of other professional
guidelines and Standards of Care,
TransActive leads the way in serving families, children and youth through close collaboration with additional service providers, the medical and legal communities and civil/human rights advocates.
TransActive offers academic, professional community group and family unit gender identity focused training and educational services through our START Training program.
Training and education may be associated with a specific family request or initiated by an organization, agency or community group as part of diversity or core competency training.
Our Speakers Bureau can also provide award-winning, knowledgeable and entertaining presenters for conferences, luncheons, public events, professional seminars and more.
What parents have to say...
Cisgender, Gender Nonconforming, Gender Fluid, Gender Variant, Genderqueer or Transgender?
While everyone's assigned birth gender (male or female) is designated by others based primarily on the external appearance of our anatomy1, our individual gender identity is based solely upon the internal experience of ourselves as masculine, feminine, androgynous, non-gender or a unique blend of all the above.
For most people, their assigned birth gender (more or less) matches how they experience their internal gender identity. This is known as being cisgender (CG).
Many cisgender people do not conform to the social or cultural
stereotypes that are expected of them. This can range from the kind or
color of clothes someone wears, to the way they speak or words
they use when they speak or the way they move or gesture. It can also be
reflected in gender non-stereotypical career choices.
All of these variations (and more) are examples of gender nonconformity (GNC).
10% of children are singled out due to gender nonconformity2
Transgender ('Trans*' or TG for short) is an 'umbrella' term describing children and youth who do not relate to, experience or express their gender identity in a way that corresponds either to social or cultural gender stereotypes, their physical anatomy or assigned birth sex.
Could your child be transgender?
The short answer is, yes. Transgender identity (or the cultural equivalent3) occurs in children of every nationality, religion, ethnicity and economic status in every corner of the world. Being transgender is as natural as being cisgender... just more rare.
1% of all children may be transgender4
While there is a great deal of misinformation and myths surrounding the lives and experiences of trans people, the truth is that in most ways they are just like everyone else... even if they are kids. And they need the same things all children need, unconditional love and affirmation for who they are.
We hope you find information here that may be helpful.
You are not alone.
1. Some children are born with genitalia that is not obviously male
or female. They may be what is known as 'intersex'. For more
information on this, visit the
Intersex Society of
2. “Childhood Gender Nonconformity: A Risk Indicator for Childhood Abuse and Posttraumatic Stress in Youth,” Andrea L. Roberts, Margaret Rosario, Healther L. Corliss, Karestan C. Koenen, S. Bryn Austin. Pediatrics, doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-1804, online February 20, 2012.
3. Two-Spirit (Native American), Kathoey (Thailand), Fa'Fa' Fine (Samoa), etc.
4. San Francisco Unified School District School Climate Study (2008)