Southern Arizona Gender Alliance

Transgender Community Support & Advocacy since 1998

Resources for Trans Youth and Families

SAGA’s Resources
SAGA has a very active and effective parental support group, Trans Parents, which meets monthly and provides opportunity for the parents of gender creative children to meet with other parents and share ideas about effective parenting of trans and gender fluid children. Trans Parents is open to all parents and custodians of trans kids.


TransYouth Family Advocates,
TransYouth Family Advocates (TYFA) are parents, family, friends and caring adults dedicated to educating and raising public awareness about the medical and cultural challenges faced by children with gender variant and gender questioning identities and the families who love them.

Gender Spectrum Education and Training,
Gender Spectrum Education and Training is dedicated to creating supportive and nurturing environments for all children through trainings, information, and resources offered to families, schools, and organizations.

Parenting and Support


The Family Acceptance Project,
The Family Acceptance Project (FAP) is a community research, intervention and training initiative to study the impact of family acceptance and rejection on the health, mental health and well-being of lesbian, gay and bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.

Transfamily is a support group for transgender and transexual people and their family and friends based out of Cleveland, Ohio. They provide referrals, literature, and over-the-phone information on all transgender issues. Although their meetings are held in Cleveland, Ohio, the Internet has enabled them to extend helping hands to transgender individuals and their families across the globe.

Support groups

PFLAG Tucson
PFLAG Tucson promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. PFLAG provides opportunity to dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. Call (520) 360-3795, e-mail , or visit their website at

Rainbow Families
Rainbow Families is a group by and for LGBTQS family units (single and/or partnered), their supporters, and those thinking of beginning their own families. Rainbow Families meets once/ month, generally on a Sunday, sharing our journeys over fun-filled times. For more information visit their website at


“Parents’ Reactions to Transgender Youths’ Gender Nonconforming Expression and Identity” by A.H. Grossman, A.R. D’Augelli, T.J. Howell, and S. Hubbard. In Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services Volume 18 (2005).

“Male-to-Female Transgender Youth: Gender Expression Milestones, gender atypicality, victimization, and Parents’ Responses” by A.H. Grossman, A.R. Augelli, and N.P. Salter. In Journal of GLBT Family Studies Volume 2 (2006), pages 71-92.

Our Trans Children (Third Edition: 2001) by PFLAG T-Net. Available at

Education and Schools


Safe Schools Coalition,
An international public-private partnership in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth to help schools to build safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

Human Rights Watch,
Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world by standing with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice; by investigating and exposing human rights violations and holding abusers accountable; by challenging governments and those who hold power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law. HRW has researched and challenged the discrimination and harassment of LGBT youth in U.S. schools.


“Counseling and Advocacy with Transgender and Gender-Variant Persons in Schools and Families” by Stuart F. Chen Hayes. In Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education & Development Volume 40, Issue 1(2003), pages 34-49.

From Teasing to Torment: School Climate in America by GLSEN and Harris Interactive (2001).

“From Silence to Safety and Beyond: Historical Trends in addressing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Issues in K-12 Schools” by Pat Griffin and Mathew Oullett. In Equity and Excellence in Education, volume 36 (2003), pages 106-114.

Hatred In The Hallways: Violence and Discrimination Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Students in U.S. Schools by the Human Rights Watch (2001).

“Embracing Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth in School Based Settings” by Nicole J. Little. In Child & Youth Care Forum, volume 30: Issue 2 (2001), pages 99-110.

“Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Youth Recommendations For Schools” by The Transgender Law Center. Available at

Healthcare  Literature

“Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth: Health Concerns, Services, and Care” by C. Ryan. In Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs, volume 20 (2003), pages137-158.

“To the Beat of a Different Drummer: The Gender-Variant Child” by E.C. Perrin, E.J. Menvielle, and C. Tuerk. In Contemporary Pediatrics (May 1, 2005).

“Early Medical Treatment for Transsexual People” by the Gender Identity and Research Society. Available at

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health, Inc. (WPATH). “Standards of Care for Gender Identity Disorders, Sixth Version,” (February 2001). Available at

Mental Health Care—Literature

“Extending the Boundaries of Research on Adolescent Development” by M.R. Goldfried and A.C. Bell. In Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Volume 32 (2003), pages 531-535.

“Recognizing Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Teens in a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Practice” by M. Rosenberg. In Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, volume 42 (2003), pages 1517-1521.

“Transgender Children and Youth: A Child Welfare Practice Perspective” by G. Mallon and T. DeCrescenzo. In Journal of Homosexuality, volume 42 (2006), pages 215-241.

“Chapter 9: Transgender Children and Youth” by Arlene Lev. In Transgender Emergence: Therapuetic Guidelines for Working with Gender-variant People and Their Families (2004).

“Transgender Youth and Life-Threatening Behaviors” by A.H. Grossman and A.R. D’Augelli. In Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior (In press).

Legal Assistance

Lambda Legal,
Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. They have resources for transgender and gender-variant youth in schools and for gender-variant youth the custody of child welfare agencies.

Transgender Law and Policy Institute,
The Transgender Law and Policy Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people in our society. The TLPI brings experts and advocates together to work on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality. Their website provides examples of transgender inclusive policies in K-12 schools.

Sylvia Rivera Law Project,
The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice.