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Ontario – Backgrounder – Talking about gender identity and gender expression
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In 2012, Ontario added the grounds “gender identity” and “gender expression” to the Human Rights Code. The OHRC then moved to update its Policy on discrimination and harassment because of gender identity. In 2012-13, the OHRC did a literature review revealing a wealth of information on how gender identity and human rights is understood from a… read more »

Puberty suppression linked to improved well-being in transgender youth
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1. Youth with gender dysphoria (GD; significant discontent with the sex assigned at birth), who underwent treatment with puberty suppression reported significant improvements in GD and body image difficulties.  2. After treatment with puberty suppression, participants reported improvements in global psychological functioning as well as on measures of objective and subjective well-being. Evidence Rating Level:… read more »

Johanna Olson, MD Medical Director, Center for Transyouth Health and Development, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
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Johanna Olson, MD is a pediatrician in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Medical Director of the hospital’s Center for Transyouth Health and Development. She specializes in the care of transgender youth, gender variant children, youth with HIV, and chronic pain. Board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Dr. Olson… read more »

Summer Camp – Camp Ten Oaks
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Who We Are Camp Ten Oaks is a one-week, sleep-away camp for children and youth ages 8-17 from LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, queer) identities, families and communities. The program first opened its doors in August 2005. Now, it’s at capacity with 72 campers each summer. The intentional magic of summer camp EMPOWERMENT THROUGH… read more »

Cafe Scientific: Trans – a new image within society
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Transgender, transsexual , gender and variance identity: these terms are too vague for most of the general public. There is much that is still not understood about the trans communities and prejudices persist. Approximately 100 people from the general public, medical community and associations attended a discussion at the Monument National on gender identity and… read more »

Gender Doesn’t Limit You
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Educators at St. Francis School in Austin, Tex., teamed up with researchers from the Gender and Racial Attitudes Lab at the University of Texas at Austin to examine ways to counteract gender bullying among young children. The project team tested a traditional multicultural technique — using literature to challenge gender stereotypes — against a more… read more »

Think Outside the Box (Grades K-2)
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Framework Gender norms and stereotypes are so ingrained in our society that adults are often surprised to realize how early children internalize these ideas. When young children get caught up in stereotypical notions of gender, though, it can harm their self images and the way they interact with peers. Children need opportunities to consider these… read more »