Parent and Family Supports

In January of 2016 a group of parents, educators, and youth came together in a local school district board meeting room to discuss gender diversity issues and concerns for the youth.   Later in the fall of 2016 the group launched a Family Support Group for families with gender diverse youth.

There is now a standing date for this parent and family support group for families with transgender and gender expansive children.

The parent support group meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month during the school year.
The early childhood family playgroup meets on the 1st Saturday of each month during the school year.

As a Support Group We Ask You to Adhere to
Three Basic Agreements:
· Confidentiality equates to a sense of security and environment of trust, both crucial to a successful group atmosphere. All groups require members agree to maintain confidentiality, essentially adhering to the idea, “What is said here, stays here.”
· Anonymity allows all families to participate with a sense of privacy and safety. If you see someone who attends the group when you are out in public, it’s fine to acknowledge them and chat. However, it would be inappropriate to tell someone else where you met or discuss confidential family information without a shared agreement.
· Participation is always voluntary. People have a right to just listen and others will become frequent speakers. Practice asking for what you need and share discussion time accordingly.

Facilitator: Julie Heffernan, UOTeachOUT co-director and Tina Gutierez-Schmich Bethel Equity Director

PRIDE 2018Join us for Pride 2018

There will be an information and activity table at 2018 Eugene PRIDE Celebration for UOTeachOUT: School and Community Educational Outreach and Consulting.

There will be an adjacent table for the Gender Diversity Family Support Group at the Eugene Pride Celebration on Saturday, August 11th at Alton Baker Park.


Eugene Resources for Families:


Trans*Ponder is a grassroots, completely transgender founded and led non-profit based in Eugene, Oregon. It provides support, education, and advocacy for the Trans/Gender Diverse community and its allies.

Trans*Ponder offers; several monthly meetings; special events for Trans/Gender Diverse folks and our allies; inclusivity trainings to professional organizations and businesses; and advocacy services.



Online Resources for Families:

Gender Spectrum:

Our Mission
To help create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.
What We Do

In a simple, straightforward manner, we provide consultation, training and events designed to help families, educators, professionals, and organizations understand and address the concepts of gender identity and expression. Our accessible, practical approach is based on research and experience, enabling our clients to gain a deeper understanding of gender all along the spectrum.

We present an overview of how society currently defines gender and how these restrictive definitions can be detrimental to those who do not fit neatly into these categories. We then help you identify and remove the obstacles so all are free to be their authentic selves.


Leading the conversation. Shaping the media narrative. Changing the culture. That’s GLAAD at work.

GLAAD serves as the communications epicenter of the LGBT movement, equipping advocacy leaders with the tools they need to communicate more effectively. GLAAD is also reinventing the way social media moves equality forward.


In 1990, a small, but dedicated group of teachers in Massachusetts came together to improve an education system that frequently allowed its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students to be bullied, discriminated against and/or fall through the cracks.

Over 25 years later, that small group has grown into the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Today, we’re known as GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.

We face a pervasive problem with a set of new challenges. 8 out of 10 LGBT students are still harassed at school each year because of who they are.

We are working to change that.


PFLAG chapters work directly with schools and stakeholders in their communities, providing support, resources, training, creative programs, and even model policy to create an environment of respect. Our umbrella program to support their efforts, work with our national partners and raise visibility of the issues facing LGBTQ youth in learning environments is our Cultivating Respect: Safe Schools for All program. Our advocacy work at the federal, state and local levels are an integral part as well. All of this work is designed to reinforce and support the work done by our local chapters to ensure that we all create and support learning environments that help all students find educational success.


Mission: TransActive Gender Center provides a holistic range of services and expertise to empower transgender and gender diverse children, youth and their families in living healthy lives, free of discrimination.

Trans Youth Equality Foundation

Education, advocacy, and support for transgender youth and their families. The Trans Youth Equality Foundation provides education, advocacy and support for transgender and gender non-conforming children and youth and their families. Our mission is to share information about the unique needs of this community, partnering with families, educators and service providers to help foster a healthy, caring, and safe environment for all transgender children.

Trans Youth Family Allies (TYFA)

Mission: TYFA empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities, to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected.

Welcoming schools

Creating Safe and Welcoming Schools For All Children & Families. HRC Welcoming Schools is a comprehensive approach to creating respectful and supportive elementary schools with resources and professional development to embrace family diversity, create LGBTQ-inclusive schools, prevent bias-based bullying and gender stereotyping, and support transgender and gender-expansive students.

Teen centered organizations:


Trans Student Educational Resources is a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment. In addition to our focus on creating a more trans-friendly education system, our mission is to educate the public and teach trans activists how to be effective organizers. We believe that justice for trans and gender nonconforming youth is contingent on an intersectional framework of activism. Ending oppression is a long-term process that can only be achieved through collaborative action.

Trans athletes is a resource for students, athletes, coaches, and administrators to find information about trans inclusion in athletics at various levels of play. This site pulls together existing information in one central location, and breaks down information into easy-to-reference areas to help you find what you need.



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