Yesterday, The Human Rights Campaign released a new go-to guide for pediatricians and parents of transgender children.
The resource offers support and information on how to talk to a child in easy to understand words about gender identity and fluidity. It also helps explain the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation.
“For the parents of transgender youth, the information they seek in the hours and days after their child comes out can make all the difference in the health and wellbeing of that young person,” Jeanette Jennings, mother of transgender star Jazz Jennings.
“Although it wasn’t always easy, we’ve been fortunate to see our daughter Jazz grow into a strong, confident, and happy young woman. So much of her successful transition is the result of the information and support we were able to access early in her journey; and with unconditional love our daughter is thriving.”
Jazz’s family was actually very involved in creating the guide. Their daughter’s coming out story is included in the resource, and Jeanette was selected to review the guide and provide input prior to its release. And the American Academy of Pediatricians and the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians joined the HRC in developing the supporting information that is now available to parents and doctors.
“While our country continues our national conversation around transgender equality, we must never forget that at the center of this dialogue are real children fighting to be seen, valued, and respected,” said Mary Beth Maxwell, HRC’s Senior Vice President for Programs, Research, and Trainings.
“This new guide provides parents and clinicians alike with vital information in their ongoing pursuit of doing right by all young people. Our partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians reinforces the overwhelming medical consensus that respecting and affirming transgender young people is not only necessary, but also potentially lifesaving.”