Gender Multispecialty Service (GeMS) | Patient Resources

Boston Children’s resources

Boston Children’s Guide to Gender Identity and Pronoun Use. This guidebook for health care professionals and others is a good basic primer on pronouns. Download now.

Changing names and gender markers. This document contains information from GeMS on changing your child’s name and gender marker. Download now.

GeMS guidelines for finding a therapist. This document can help guide your family to finding a gender-affirming therapist. Download now.

Mindfulness Skills Group. This is an innovative, day-long mindfulness group for transgender and gender diverse youth, adolescents, and young adults who are already involved with GeMS. Participants will learn everyday mindfulness techniques to manage stress and cope with anxiety related to navigating the many stages of gender transition. Additionally, members will have opportunities to benefit from mutual aid, to meet peers with similar experiences, and to feel connected to the GeMS community. If you are interested in being part of one of our monthly groups, please contact a mental health or medical clinician on your GeMS team.

Recommended reading. This is list of GeMS-recommended books about gender for children and adults. Download now.

External resources

Please note that neither Boston Children’s Hospital nor the Gender Multispecialty Service unreservedly endorses all of the information found at the external websites listed below. These links are provided as a resource.

Camp Aranu’tiq. Summer camp for gender non-conforming youth ages 7 to 18

Campus Pride. Extensive information about LGBTQ+ resources in colleges and universities throughout U.S.

The Family Acceptance Project. Research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for LGBTQ+ youth

Gay and Lesbian National Hotline. Anonymous peer counseling, information, and referrals with a huge database (888.THE.GLNH)

Gay and Lesbian Advocate and Defenders (GLAD). Legal rights, advocacy

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLESN). Provides educators and families support, training, advocacy tools, and research to create safe and affirming schools for all

Gender Spectrum. An organization that helps families, organizations, and institutions increase the understanding of gender

Pediatric Endocrine Society. Offers a variety of educational materials for gender-diverse patients and their families.

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). National and local listings available for family LGBTQ support

Safe Schools Program for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Students. A joint initiative of the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth

Trans Youth Family Allies (TYFA). Collaborates with service providers, educators and communities

Trans Youth Equality Foundation (TYEF). Support, resources and networking services, based in Portland, ME

The Trevor Project. The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ people under 25

Trans Student Educational Resources. Includes the “Gender Unicorn” infographic, which helps explain gender in an easy-to-understand image

Welcoming Schools. A project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation provides educators with a comprehensive approach to improve elementary school climates, to embrace diversity, avoid gender stereotyping and end bullying