Gender and Sexuality Development Program Resources
For Parents and Caregivers
GLMA Provider Directory
This tool allows patients/families to find LGBT-friendly healthcare providers.
Supporting Mental Health of Your Transgender Child
One of the best ways any parent can take care of their child is to take care of themselves. Find information on how to seek mental health services for you and your child.
Supporting Your Transgender Child after They Come Out
Once your child comes out to you, you are going to be faced with a lot of decisions, and it is very important to talk to your child about each step that you take with it.
Understanding Your Child’s Gender and Sexuality
This resource provides information for parents about gender identity, the difference between binary and nonbinary trans people, and what they can do to help their transgender child.
Gender Identity and Sexuality Podcast
Listen to Dr. Hawkins discuss common developmental stages, gender language, when to refer to a gender specialist, and how providers can talk to both patients and parents about gender and sexuality.
Resources for Adolescents
Coming Out to Parents and Friends as Transgender
Since everyone’s gender identity is unique to them, there is no one perfect way to come out. It can be tricky to figure out how to come out, but it is an important step in getting to be yourself.
Forming Safe and Healthy Relationships as Transgender Youth
Find information about coming out to potential partners, consent, limits and boundaries, and the signs of an unhealthy relationship.
Out4STEM Internship Program
The Out4STEM Internship Program provides Philadelphia’s LGBTQIA youth with healthcare and STEM-oriented instruction, mentorship, academic support, and college/career preparation in an inclusive, safe space. It aims to promote resilience, peer support networks, and diverse educational experiences.
Support for Your Mental Health as Transgender Youth
It is always OK to ask for help. Find information about mental health services for transgender youth, crisis hotlines and support groups.
Understanding Your Gender and Sexuality
Gender is not binary, but more akin to a spectrum, with “male” and “female” being either endpoint or pole of the spectrum.