Gender Creative Kids

First Results Released from New Study of Trans Children, Youth, & Parents!

The Trans Health Research Group with the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University, in collaboration with Parents of Gender Creative Kids NL, has just released the first results of the TransKidsNL Study, which examined the health care and support needs of trans children and youth and their families in Newfoundland & Labrador.

CBC Newfoundland and Labrador reported on the study with a radio interview.

For more information about the study, please contact the lead investigator, Dr. Julie Temple Newhook, at


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:



Gender Creative Kids Canada will be at Trans Pride Montreal!


Come and join us on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Comité Social Centre Sud (1710 Beaudry Street, Montreal) – Free Parking!!

At 10:45, Gender Creative Kids Canada will be presenting a key note:  Representatives will be explaining the organization, its mission, its activities and future projects. Testimonies will illustrate the challenges and realities faced by parents and children in the creative “gender” and trans youth. The presentation will be followed by a discussion with the audience and will be hosted by members (parents and children) of the organization.

**Simultaneous translation available (English-to-French and French-to-English) **

Gender Creative Kids Canada will also have a table – where you will be able to meet other parents and kids all day long.  Come and visit us on Trans Pride Day!!


Gender creative Kids / Enfants transgenres Canada now offers training in primary schools

Gender creative Kids / Enfants transgenres Canada now offers training in elementary schools. These training sessions are aimed at teachers, specialists and other staff such as child care teams.

The training, which can be expected to last about 90 minutes, aims at demystifying gender identity / gender / sexual orientation issues and discuss possible solutions to better integrate a transgender child and / or to help schools becoming more inclusive for all, regardless of gender identity / gender expression of all children.




First National Workshop on Gender Creative Kids

From October 25-26, 2012, this workshop brought together over 70 academics, activists, parents, and providers to present papers and discuss how to create better resources and support for gender creative children and their families.   A conference volume will be published by Peter Lang fall 2013: Supporting Transgender and Gender Creative Youth: Schools, Families, and Communities in Action.