Young people who identify as transgender experience high rates of family and community rejection. That, compounded with growing up in a world that typically sees people as male or female, means that transgender youth arrive at youth-serving agencies with substantial trauma histories. In addition to providing a welcoming and safe environment, it’s important that programs and systems understand the experiences of transgender youth and their unique service needs.
In this toolkit, we explore different areas that transgender youth may have to navigate - shelters and transitional living programs, sexual health clinics, and foster care. For each space, there are steps that adults can take to help transgender youth feel welcome and successfully make their way into adulthood.