Education a key focus on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

On International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, we encourage you to continue to add to your toolbox and affirm, support, and celebrate LGBTQ2+ people of all ages in your life!
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Improving awareness, learning allyship skills, and increasing your knowledge about available resources and supports has a long-term impact on decreasing transphobia in our communities. 

Together, through education and commitment, we can all make a difference. Check out the education section on our website for more tips, resources, and educational opportunities!

Supporting gender creative children and trans youth

Attention

  • Pay attention to words and actions
  • What is the child telling you about their gender?

Affirmation

  • Allow space for gender expression
  • Give children permission to be themselves
  • Show respect for gender by using correct names and pronouns

Support

  • Support children to live in their authentic genders
  • SUpport families so they can support their children
  • Create safer spaces in your organization and community

Referrals

  • Provide referrals for gender-affirming supports

Supporting parents and caregivers

Listening

  • Listen to parents' experiences and beliefs without judgement
  • Listen to the goals they have for their children
  • Listen to the fears they have about the future

Encouragement

  • Encourage parents to understand how affirming their child's gender can support their goals and protect against their fears
  • Share that research shows children are healthier when their parents and caregivers are supportive
  • Provide space to process feelings while supporting their children

Information

  • Provide accurate information and resources
  • Map out possible futures and what services are available

Referrals

  • Offer to connect families with peer support groups, culturally relevant supports, and affirming faith communities
  • Provide referrals for gender-affirming supports
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