A list of resources and service providers have been compiled to assist members in supporting Gender Independent Children and Trans Youth/Adults in their schools and communities. Gender Independent Children are children whose gender identity or expression differs from what others expect. Until recently, there has not been a lot of resources or supports for Gender Independent Children and Trans Youth/Adults.
From time to time, this list will be updated as new services, programs, and resources are developed.
To view the resources, click here:
PDF |Word (updated March 2020)
These related articles from Voice Magazine are also available:
At the 2015 Annual Meeting ETFO members passed the Transgender Policy resolution. This policy is now part of the ETFO reference book. Read the policy here:
journey to implement and embrace its transgender policy, Perspective Magazine, Canadian Teachers’ Federation, Issue No. 23, February 2017.
To find out what you can do as an educator to resist transgender erasure and support staff and students in your workplace (PDF |
To find out what you can do to be a trans ally and support students and staff in your school or workplace (PDF |
One strategy to create an all gender friendly classroom is to post the
Every Member Of Our Group Has The Right document (PDF |Word). It is important to introduce and discuss the contents in this document with your students.
Reflections of Me...ETFO’s Body Image Curriculum is a research-based resource that assists teachers in ensuring that children develop positive body image and self-esteem. The resource can be purchased from ETFO's online store
For more information about supporting students in their gender and sexuality,
EWS has created a new workshop called
Gender and Sexuality 101. For more information on the
Gender and Sexuality 101 workshop, click here (PDF |Word).
To find out more about the workshop and what our facilitators are saying, click here (PDF |Word).
Social Justice Begins With Me (SJBWM) is an ETFO literature-based resource kit for Early Years to Grade 8 available in both a suitcase and CD version. This year-round resource builds on the concepts originally introduced in
We're Erasing Prejudice for Good and is organized using ten monthly themes: Self-Esteem, Sharing Our Lives, Peace, Building Supportive Communities, Rights of the Child, Caring Hands, Untie the Knots of Prejudice, Local and Global Citizenship, True Worth and Beauty and Circles and Cycles.
For more information on SJBWM,
SJBWM booklists were created to make members aware of the picture books that are included in the resource. This particular
booklist includes LGBTQ picture books.
The Every Teacher Project is a national research study that was carried out by the University of Winnipeg in partnership with the Manitoba Teachers Society (MTS). Every teacher organization in Canada assisted the researchers and project partners in getting the word out about the initial online survey, where over 3,400 teachers from across Canada participated in the largest study to date worldwide on teachers' perspectives on LGBTQ-inclusive education.The Every Teacher Project on LGBTQ-Inclusive Education in Canada's K-12Schools Final Report can be found
here in English and French.
The Every Teacher Project Toolkit includes an Appendix D:How can I support Trans* Students? on page 157.
The 519 is committed to the health, happiness and full participation of the LGBTQ community. A City of Toronto agency with an innovative model of service, space and leadership that strives to make a real difference in people’s lives, while working to promote inclusion, understanding and respect.
Creating Authentic Spaces: A Gender Identity and Gender Expression Toolkit to Support the Implementation of Institutional and Social Change is a resource from the 519.