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BVSD Guidelines for the Support of Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students
Attached is the final version of this document, which has been developed with significant input from BVSSC and other interested parties. This document will be going to CASE (Colorado Association of School Executives), so it will be available statewide.

TransParent Journeys – stories and blogs from the TransYouth Family Allies (TYFA)
Inspiring stories and blogs written by or TYFA families with transgender children have appeared under the "TYFA News" or "What's New?" banners, and then have disappeared into the archives. TYFA has decided to place such articles into a dedicated section devoted to helping parents share their journeys and lighten their loads. TYFA is also listed in our resources section as a national resource.
http://imatyfa.org/transparentjourneys/index.html

Transgender Literature for Young Adults
It's not easy to locate young adult books with transgender characters or topics using the library catalog, so the ESSL Children's Literature Blog has put together a bibliography of these resources. Included are guides to YA transgender literature as well as fiction and nonfiction about transgender characters and people.
http://www.library.illinois.edu/blog/esslchildlit/archives/2011/01/transgender_lit.html


Books of Interest

Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender-Nonconforming Children
by Diane Ehrensaft

This is a new book that is getting great reviews from knowledgeable folks, including BVSCC member, Melissa Marsh, who works with LGBTQ youth.
http://genderborngendermade.com/

Two New Books for Gender Independent Kids and Families
June 2012
Backwards Day, set on the planet Tenalp, introduces us to a world where there are seventeen seasons, including one where bubblegum falls from the sky for three days and a single day when everything - everything everywhere - is backwards. Andrea looks eagerly forward to Backwards Day every year, so she can turn into a boy for the day....

The Adventures Of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy follows title-character Tulip as he deals with the birthday wishes of all the nine-year-olds in North America. Tulip receives a wish from a child known as David who wishes to live as Daniela. He doesn't understand how to help, so he seeks the wise counsel of the Wish Fairy Captain....

More information on both books at http://www.flamingorampant.com/


A recent query on an academic psychology listserve requested books for families of transgender youth. Here are the responses to that query:

The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals
by Stephenie Brill and Rachel Pepper
Gender Spectrum
http://www.genderspectrum.org/store

BVSSC member Lee Scriggins writes, “I got so much out of reading this book. It does have a great, solid chapter on schools, realistic and practical advice about advocacy as well as a lovely tone regarding parenting generally-- applicable to parenting in all kinds of circumstances. In addition, it covers some of the research done in the Family Acceptance Project, which is another great resource.”


Mom I Need to be a Girl
by Just Evelyn

This is the story of a teenage trans girl told by her mother. Avail free online at http://ai.eecs.umich.edu/people/conway/TS/Evelyn/Mom_I_need_to_be_a_girl.pdf


Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender-Nonconforming Children
by Diane Ehrensaft

This is a new book that is getting great reviews from knowledgeable folks, including BVSCC member, Melissa Marsh, who works with LGBTQ youth.
http://genderborngendermade.com/


Nurturing Queer Youth
by Rebecca Harvey and Linda Stone Fish

Nurturing Queer Youth provides therapists and other mental health professionals with the insight and guidance to assist these families, going beyond accepting queer youth, to appreciating the gift that queer youth have to offer, not despite but because of their identity.


Helping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents
by Irwin Krieger

If you are the parent of a transgender teen, this book will help you understand what your child is feeling and experiencing. The book is based on the author’s extensive work with transgender teens and their families over several years. Go to www.helpingyourtransgenderteen.com for more details.


Transforming Families
by Nancy Boehnke

This is an older (2003) book published especially for families, friends, and others interested in understanding and learning about transgendered persons. It deals with all ages and many types of gender variation - FTM, MTF, intersex, crossdressing, and androgyny.


Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens
by Marke Bieschke

Teen life is hard enough with all of the pressures kids face, but for teens who are LGBT, it’s even harder. Queer is a humorous, engaging, and honest guide that helps LGBT teens come out to friends and family, navigate their new LGBT social life, figure out if a crush is also queer, and rise up against bigotry and homophobia.


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