In honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, teach your kids that trans people exist.

November 19, 2019 4 Comments

In honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, teach your kids that trans people exist.

This year transphobia has claimed the lives of at least 330 people, including 30 in the United States. On November 20 many people in the transgender community will gather for vigils to observe Transgender Day of Remembrance and mourn those victims. 

Today we would like to humbly offer you links to some resources for teaching your children about gender diversity, in the belief that raising a generation of more compassionate children may pave the way to a more peaceful future.

Great Diverse Children's Books with Transgender, Non-Binary and Gender Expansive Children

This excellent list from Welcoming Schools includes books aimed at kids from pre-K through elementary school, including a picture book about a blue crayon mistakenly labeled as red.  

SEE THE BOOK LIST > 

 Lesson Plans to Help Students Understand Gender and to Support Transgender and Non-Binary Children

These lesson plans, also from Welcoming Schools, are designed to help students understand how gender stereotyping impacts all children. There are many ways to be a boy, girl, both or neither -- here are some resources to drive that lesson home!

SEE THE LESSON PLANS >

 How do I talk with my preschooler about identity? (From Planned Parenthood)

When it comes to gender, ideas about what it means to be a girl or a boy are everywhere, and these ideas have a big influence on your preschooler. Learn how to teach your kid that their gender doesn’t limit them, how to talk about different kinds of families, how to know if your kid is transgender, and more.

 SEE THE VIDEOS >

 An Excerpt from "Transgender Children & Youth: Understanding the Basics," by Human Rights Campaign

Gender identity and expression are central to the way we see ourselves and engage in the world around us. This is certainly true of transgender and gender-expansive children and teens, for whom family support is absolutely critical.

Studies show that familial rejection can:

  • lead LGBTQ youth to engage in behaviors that put their health at risk,
  • trigger depression and other mental health problems,
  • and – in the worst of cases – result in homelessness or suicide

Moreover, familial support can act as a buffer against bullying and bias outside the home. As child welfare expert Caitlin Ryan has demonstrated, “Family acceptance predicts greater self-esteem, social support, and general health status,” for LGBTQ youth. “It also protects against depression, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation and behaviors,” issues for which transgender youth are at disproportionate risk.

In other words, for some transgender youth, family support can be the difference between life and death.

 READ MORE >

The History of Transgender Day of Remembrance

You can read more about Transgender Day of Remembrance, its founder, and its history, at the GLAAD web site.

Thank you for reading. I hope your family will find some of these resources helpful!


NEW TO FREE TO BE KIDS

We design and create baby, kids, and even a few grownup clothes with positive messages and nary a gender cliche in sight. We believe clothes send a message, and our mission is to flip the script on gender cliches and spread positive messages one fashion statement at a time.


4 Responses

Lisa Huntington
Lisa Huntington

November 23, 2019

Thank you! I’m a 50-something non-binary person who would have dearly loved to have seen positive images of people like me as a child. I was targeted for bullying very early on because I didn’t fit in, even though at first it was unclear why.

SouthernChick
SouthernChick

November 23, 2019

We’ve always been unique but I’m confused how children at 3 years old to 5 years old can express they are “non-binary” without an adult mentioning it? Children are just being children enjoying any type of girl or boy toy and love all types of color. Men wear pink shirts so why wouldn’t a little boy enjoy pink without a parent thinking they are a different gender? One gender in a home with two or three of a different gender may express they are just like the other gender siblings to feel like they belong, without being labeled. Let them be whoever they are without a big ordeal about it and it usually just works itself out as just a phase of identity. This world is now FULL of confused children, lots more than in past decades, because it’s become mainstream. Parents and Schools are key to being the ones that create the confusion. Later in life the kids amay be regretful and want to just “BE”, without a label. I believe it will work itself out without all the focus on the difference all the time. Just acceptance of everyone as their own person, not labels as….I’m different! This is my opinion and not meant to hurt or cast I’ll will to anyone. I love all people despite differences. I don’t focus on that, just the character of the individual.

CAROL ROLLER
CAROL ROLLER

November 23, 2019

A GREAT WAY TO HELP PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE ALL UNIQUE IN MANY WAYS

Deardra Wildflower
Deardra Wildflower

November 20, 2019

I love your products and I think that you guys have always had a really good message I was just wondering if you have anything for non-binary kids. My child is five years old and at this time identifies as non-by Ineri and I believe it would be awesome if they had a cute cool shirt that had something like that or just acknowledge that gender is a construct or something cute and cool like that

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