Join the conversation - Working with gender diverse young people and their families

Join the conversation - Working with gender diverse young people and their families

26 April 2017

This webinar explored the information and skills needed for practitioners to work effectively with gender diverse young people and their families.

Please post your comments and questions below.

This webinar introduced ideas of gender and identity formation and discussed the struggles that individuals, families and services face in responding to the changing landscape in this area. Adapted case studies from Queerspace’s own work were used to discuss ways of working with and supporting these young people and their family members. This webinar provided an opportunity to explore some of the essential information and skills needed for practitioners to deepen their understanding of gender, and work in an inclusive and affirmative manner.

A full recording of this webinar is available on our YouTube Channel.

The audio, transcript and presentation slides are also available.

Related resources

  • Drummond Street Services: queerspace
    queerspace provides a safe and supportive space to obtain information and support services aimed at improving mental health and wellbeing by specialist queer and queer affirmative mental health practitioners.
  • Rainbow Network
    The Rainbow Network aims to empowering service providers to provide safer, more inclusive services for young same sex attracted, intersex, trans* and gender diverse Victorians
  • QLife
    QLife provides nation-wide, early intervention, peer supported telephone and web based services to people of all ages across the full breadth of people’s bodies, genders, relationships, sexualities, and lived experiences.
  • Transcend: support for transgender children and their families
    Transcend is a parent-led peer support network and information hub for transgender children and their families in Australia.
  • Transfamily
    TransFamily is a peer support group for parents, siblings, extended family and friends of a trans person.
  • Ygender
    Ygender is a peer led social support and advocacy group for trans/gender diverse young people.
  • Gender Service, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
    The Royal Children's Hospital Gender Service aims to improve the physical and mental wellbeing outcomes of children and adolescents who experience gender dysphoria.

Further reading

  • Drescher, J, & Byne, W. (2014). Treating Transgender Children and Adolescents: An Interdisciplinary Discussion.
  • Ehrensaft, D. (2011). Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender Non-Conforming Children.
  • Pepper, R. & Brill, A. (2008). The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals.
  • Pepper, R. & Brill, S. (2016). The Transgender Teen.
  • Testa, R.J. et al (2015). The Gender Quest Workbook: A Guide for Teens & Young Adults Exploring Gender Identity.

The feature image was supplied by Drummond Street Services' Queerspace team.


Thank you so much for this informative webinar. It has inspired me to do more in my work to ensure we are actively being supportive of gender diverse young people.
Thanks for this inspiring presentation. One of the greatest challenges is to support young people to be 'fluid'... that they don't have to 'label' themselves, and that it's ok that they may not be 100% sure of their gender or sexuality. What advice would you give professionals to provide a enviornment that allows young people not to feel they need a label if they are unsure?
I was wondering in the area of terminology, is there a time when a transgendered person stops being transgendered? In another word, if a transgendered woman, who had been assigned as male at birth (or viceversa), lives as a woman and is seen as a woman, does she call herself transgendered for the rest of her life? Also, is the word trans a verb or a noun?
In terms of gender, I have a question re its definition and use. In the traditional/conservative view of our society, gender is primarily seen as male and female. These then are very strongly correlated to stereotypical characteristics of each, ie. Males will be strong/tough, emotionally in control, not wear too much jewellery, be sporty, be the breadwinner etc... With the rise of the feminist movement and the quest for gender equality over the last decades, a lot of these stereotypes are being challenged/questioned and breaking down. What a male/female person should do and look like is becoming much more fluid and interchangeable. Many cis people are now very comfortable stepping into non-conforming gender roles, behaviours and looks. I sometime get the feeling from discussions that in the queer space (that is the best I can describe it) the perception on how a male and female person should look or feel like, is still tied to the more traditional/stereotypical views of the differing gender roles/characteristics. What are your thoughts?
Great webinar and highly necessary! I have two questions: Do you think homelessness is more prevalent for gender diverse people? What are some important considerations for state housing authorities and supported accommodation providers?
Thanks Louise and Ari for your warmth and expertise, and CFCA for holding this important event. It was mentioned that presentations of gender diverse young people and their families to services like Queerspace at Drummond Street are increasing quite dramatically. Why do you think this is?
Hi all - Thanks for submitting these questions. Louise and Ari will respond over the next few days. Please take a moment to familiarise yourselves with our user discussion guidelines and moderation process:
Ken Knight

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