TranseActive Education & Advocacy
Our 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.
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TransActive Gender Center (“TransActive”) is committed to both promoting and practicing diversity in every aspect of our operations and community involvements. This commitment is reflected in the following ways:
TransActive believes that a diverse society enriches all individuals
Similarities and differences among race, ethnicity, color, national origin, language, geographic location, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identification, gender expression, age, physical ability, size, occupation, and marital, parental or economic status form the fabric of a society.
TransActive believes community service and education should foster the values of appreciation
TransActive further believes in the importance of observances, programs, and curricula that accurately portray and recognize the roles, contributions, cultures, and history of these diverse groups and individuals.
TransActive requires its staff to support and practice these diversity policies
TransActive requires its staff, volunteers, interns, and contractors to support and practice these diversity policies in their professional interactions and encourages everyone to incorporate these inclusive guidelines as a part of their daily lives.
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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.
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 North America. 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)
News & Resources
The Center provides individual counseling to children, youth and young adults who are in need of one-on-one attention. Individual counseling is focused on, but not limited to, supporting each client in processing their experiences, affirming their individual gender...
Introduction: Childhood Gender Expression Every child experiences aspects of themselves in unique ways. This includes the highly personal development of internal gender identity and its externalized cousin, gender expression. According to the "Growing Up Today"...
It is not uncommon for parents, relatives and friends to struggle with understanding what a gender diverse or transgender child is experiencing. Often they would like counseling or guidance in how to best support and advocate for such a child. In some cases, an adult...
- 1 in 10 Children Are Bullied or Abused for Gender Nonconformity
- 85% of gender nonconforming children/youth are cisgender and identify as heterosexual in adulthood
- Gender identity is securely established by age 4
Harvard School of Public Health