The 2016-2017 CYFC Scholar in Residence Program is focused on trans youth and their needs, strengths, health, and family and community connections. As part of this work, Derek Mahan, a graduate research assistant with the program, has compiled a list of local resources and related research on trans youth.
Bridge for Youth — At this organization, experienced counselors work with youth and parents to help them handle challenging situations, reconnect as a family, or transition to an alternative living option. Bridge for Youth also offers supports groups for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) teens and their families. To learn more about Bridge for Youth's mission, attend a tour day at its Minneapolis location and meet Executive Director Michelle Basham.
Reclaim — This organization aims to increases access to mental and integrative health support so that queer and trans youth may reclaim their lives from oppression in all its forms. To learn more about Reclaim's services and mission and gain more insight on transgender and gender nonconforming work, attend an upcoming Reclaim community potluck dinner on August 25or September 29. Dinners are held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Reclaim office, 771 Raymond Ave., St. Paul, MN 55114.
OutFront Minnesota — This group’s mission is to create a state where LGBTQ people are free to be who they are, love who they love, and live without fear of violence, harassment or discrimination. To learn more about being an ally for the transgender community, attend Trans* Folks, Friends, & Allies group meetings for people of all genders, organized by OutFront Minnesota's Anti-Violence Program. The meetings provide a safe space to gather, network, share resources and experiences, discuss local and national events in trans activist communities, and celebrate gender identities and expressions. Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cafe Southside, 3405 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55407.
- 5 Things You Should Know About Trans People — Trans Student Education Resources
- Tips and Strategies for Meeting the Needs of Transgender Youth — Advocates for Youth Publications
- Genderpalooza! A Sex and Gender Primer — Scarleteen: Sex Ed for the Real World
- How to Support Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Youth — Lambda Legal: Making the Case for Equality
Watch for announcements about upcoming events and research publications regarding trans youth in future issues of CYFC Monthly.
For more information about the Scholars program, visit CYFC Scholars. For more about the challenges facing LGBTQ youth, read CYFC Scholars' this article from the March CYFC Monthly by Colleen Fisher and Lynette Renner, Associate Professors in the University of Minnesota School of Social Work: Victimization Experiences of LGBTQ Youth in Minnesota