Supporting Trans Youth

On June 24, 2021, the Center of Excellence hosted an Ask Our Experts session on supporting trans and gender diverse youth in the midst of a record-breaking year for anti-trans legislation. Please find the link to the recording below as well as a list of resources and peer-reviewed articles clinicians can use to better meet the needs young trans people.

Christopher Bellonci (he/him)

Ashley Austin (she/her)

Ryan Papciak (he/him)

Supporting the Mental Health of Trans & Gender Diverse Youth Amid Anti-Trans Legislation

Thirty-three states have introduced more than 100 bills targeting the rights of trans people, the majority of which would affect children and youth. These bills, which range from barring trans students from participating in sports to criminalizing gender-affirming medical care, are detrimental to the health and well-being of young trans people. This session provided an opportunity to connect with clinical and legal experts from across the country on supporting the mental health of trans youth affected by this legislation.


The National SOGIE Center has compiled a list of federal and evidence-informed guidance that challenges recent legislative and regulatory actions being taken by states limiting access to gender-affirming care and support.

Youth Move National Peer Center

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

American Academy of Pediatrics

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

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