Gender Creative Kids

The first National Workshop on Gender Creative Kids held in October 2012 at Concordia University gave rise to a new book!

Gender Creative Kids Canada is proud to announce the publication of Supporting Transgender and Gender Creative Youth: Schools, Families and Communities in Action.  This book brings together cutting edge research, social action methods, and theory on the topic of transgender youth and gender creative children. Organized in three sections covering theoretical and clinical, educational, and community perspectives, the chapters specifically address issues and challenges in education, social work, medicine, and counseling as well as recommendations that are relevant for parents, families, practitioners, and educators alike. The result is a well-researched and accessible book that will provide support and knowledge to a broad audience of individuals invested in improving the social worlds of gender diverse children and youth.

This publication, and the conference that gave rise to it (the First National Workshop on Gender Creative Kids), was born out of a desire to begin a national conversation in Canada about childhood gender creativity. Unlike the United States, which has seen the rise of a number of new nongovernmental organizations actively working to address the needs of gender creative children and their families, Canada currently lacks a national forum for discussing and realizing social transformation on behalf of children and families.

Faced with the need for research and social action Annie Pullen-Sansfaçon, Elizabeth Meyer, and Kimberley Manning developed a project designed to develop research and practice simultaneously. Our first step was to procure a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant to run three interlinked, multidisciplinary pilot studies and host a national workshop on childhood gender creativity. A subsequent grant from SSHRC enabled us to expand the scope of the workshop and to disseminate findings in the form of this edited book and through this website which went live in the summer of 2013.

More information on the book can be found on the publisher website: