Information & Resources on Gender Identity

The following resources are provided for your convenience.  It is by no means exhaustive.  If you are looking for a specific resource, please feel free to contact me.  I am frequently updating and adding to the resources.


Gender Identity Development, American Academy of Pediatrics

Mental Health of Transgender Kids Who Are Supported in Their Identities, Olson KR, Durwood L, DeMeules M, et al. Mental Health of Transgender Children Who Are Supported in Their Identities. Pediatrics. 2016;137(3):e20153223 

How to Use Gender-Neutral Words, by Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue (8/27/18)

How to Talk to Transgender Youth, according to experts and their parents, NBC News, by Julie Compton (12/31/18)


Is it Just a Phase, What to Do When Transgender Youths Ask to Transition, by Bianca Palmisano, Psychiatry Advisor (8/30/18)


Stopping transphobia before it starts,  (4/26/18), article with links to educational video developed by Gender Creative Kids Canada, 

Ways to Support Name & Pronoun Change Jamey Hampton blog post

Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria, response by Gender Dysphoria Working Group (a group of medical, mental health, researchers and academics devoted to health and happiness of transgender youth)

Local Parent Support Groups:

Essex/Cape Ann (1st Tuesday of the month 7:00pm)

First Universalist Church of Essex, 57 Main Street, Essex

Contact: Melanie at

Greater Boston PFLAG, Andover Parent Support Group, (2nd Tuesday of month, 7-9pm)

Contact Deb at for details

Seacoast Outright, Parents of LGBTQ+ Support Group, (1st Friday of the month in Portsmouth, NH), 7:15 to 8:45 pm, further information e-mail Christine at 


Local Youth Groups:

McVAGLY (Merrimack Valley Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth), welcomes youth ages 13-23. Check Facebook for updates: Meetings are Mondays, 6:30-8:30 pm at North Parish Unitarian Universalist, 190 Academy Road

NAGLY (North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth), a welcoming group for youth ages 14–23, meets every Tuesday. They also have a middle school group which meets every other Monday, and TRANS-cendence (ages 13-23) meets every other Wednesday. There are parent and educator groups as well. Location: Museum Place Mall, 2 East India Square, Suite #121, Salem MA 01970. Contact: Steve Harrington,, 978.224.2102

Seacoast Outright, LGBTQ+ Youth Group, Fridays (21 & under in Portsmouth, NH) 7-9pm

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT GROUPS for trans kids of all ages and their links can be found at the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) 

Trevor Space, is a free, monitored social and networking site for LGBT youth

Websites on Understanding Gender:

Gender Spectrum

Center of Excellence for Transgender Health

Family Acceptance Project

Conferences (family inclusive):

Philadelphia TransHealth Conference

Gender Conference NYC
First Event (Boston beginning 2020)

Gender Odyssey 

True Colors-Connecticut


The Science of Being Transgender, (12/13/18) by Science VS

Transgender Friendly Health Care Resources

American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement: Ensuring Comprehensive Care and Support for Transgender and Gender-Diverse Children and Adolescents, (issued September 2018)  

Boston Medical Center: Child and Adolescent Transgender Center for Health (CATCH), 617-414-4841


Fenway Health, transgender health program information: Contact  (857-313-6589): 

GeMS  (Gender Management Service) at Children’s Hospital:  617-355-4367 

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Family medicine practice providing care to transgender children and adults (Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Primary Care)  Director Ciaran DellaFera, MD; 978-686-0090, 34 Haverhill St., Lawrence, MA 01841 

MGH Department of Medicine, Transgender Health Program (launched 10/2018). The clinic, located on the hospital’s main campus,  is overseen by Robert Goldstein, MD, PhD. The program will work with colleagues from across the hospital to provide multidisciplinary care for the transgender community. Contact: | 617-643-7210 | 

Sidney Borum Junior Health Center, a division of Fenway Health for youth ages 12-29; primary care, transition management, therapy; questions and appointments: 617-457-8140;

WPATH Standards of Care: Flexible standards for transition-related mental and physical healthcare

for trans people.

Gender Dysphoria Affirmative Working Group: The GDA Working Group is a broad coalition of experts who have authored hundreds of papers and books, and worked with thousands of trans youth, adolescents and adults.

MA Organizations:

Mass Transgender Political Coalition (MassTPC)  Educates the public, advocates with state, local, and federal governments, engages in activism, and encourages empowerment of community members through collective action.

Online Support/Communities

Q-Chat Space:  A Community for LGBTQ+ Teens, provides support, connection around shared interests, and overseen by trained facilitators

LGBTQ+ friendly Crisis Resources:

TRANS LIFELINE: (877) 565-8860

   •     The Trevor Project (serving youth to age 24):  (866) 488-7386

   •     National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255 (online chat available)

   •     Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741

   •     The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline:  (888)-843-4564

   •     The GLBT National Youth Talkline (youth serving youth through age 25): (800) 246-7743


Education/School Resources

Safe Schools Program, Massachusetts Department of Education (DOE) laws and regulations:

Safe Schools Program Team

Email:  Phone: 781-338-6319

HRC Welcoming Schools: comprehensive list of books related to gender broken down by school-age 

GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) Organization for students, parents, and teachers that tries to affect positive change in schools.


Summer Camps:

Camp Aranu'tiq New campers ages 8-13, family camp, building confidence, resilience, and community for transgender & gender-variant youth and their families through camp experiences.

List of LGBTQ+ Camps (national)

Merrimack River Wellness: LGBTQ+ inclusive and supportive counseling services in Newburyport.