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enGender works to educate and advocate for the right for gender diverse youth to self-determine their expressions and identities - even if they are 3 years old. We align ourselves with news agencies and documentary projects that are congruent with our mission to help educate our communities and publics about gender diverse youth. Please contact Sandra (sandra@engendernow.org) if you have any inquiries. 

enGender has been featured in the following:

 
 
 Kids play with a parachute at Rainbow Day Camp in El Cerrito. (Photo: Sandra Collins)

Kids play with a parachute at Rainbow Day Camp in El Cerrito. (Photo: Sandra Collins)

When Kids Want to Transition to Another Gender

25 May 2018. Forum/KQED/NPR
According to the American Psychiatric Association, children as young as two can present with gender dysphoria, defined as a conflict between a person's assigned gender and that with which they identify. To many clinicians, and to parents of kids who persistently identify with the nonconforming gender, social transition -- which can include changing a child's name, preferred pronoun, or dress -- is the best way to ensure happiness and emotional well-being. But other experts worry that kids who socially transition too young may suffer adverse effects should they later change their minds about their gender identity. We'll explore the issues.


Are 3-Year-Olds Too Young to Change Genders? Transgender Researchers Disagree

23 May 2018. The Science of You/KQED/NPR

  • Many gender clinicians now recommend parents 'socially transition' kids who persistently express a transgender identity.
  • But research has shown most children will give up their transgender identity by the time they are adolescents.
  • Not all researchers agree, though, that this research is valid.
    Gracie, 7, poses for a picture in her room. Gracie is transgender; she socially transitioned to a girl at the age of 4. (Lauren Hanussak/KQED)

 

Gracie, 7, poses for a picture in her room. Gracie is transgender; she socially transitioned to a girl at the age of 4. (Lauren Hanussak/KQED)


 In this Wednesday, July 12, 2017 photo, Sandra Collins, executive director and founder of enGender, reads a book to campers at the Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp in El Cerrito, Calif. Collins says, “A lot of these kids have been bullied and had trauma at school. This is a world where none of that exists, and they're in the majority. That’s a new experience for kids who are used to hiding and feeling small.” (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)   JEFF CHIU/AP

In this Wednesday, July 12, 2017 photo, Sandra Collins, executive director and founder of enGender, reads a book to campers at the Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp in El Cerrito, Calif. Collins says, “A lot of these kids have been bullied and had trauma at school. This is a world where none of that exists, and they're in the majority. That’s a new experience for kids who are used to hiding and feeling small.” (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) 

JEFF CHIU/AP

Transgender day camp among first to include 4-year-olds

7 August 2017. Associated Press (AP). Jocelyn Gecker.

EL CERRITO, Calif. (AP) — In some ways, California's Rainbow Day Camp is very conventional, with kids making friendship bracelets, playing basketball and singing songs. But in other ways, it's extraordinary unique.

The day camp in El Cerrito, in the San Francisco Bay Area, caters to transgender and "gender fluid' children, ages 4 to 12. Experts say it's one of the only camps of its kind in the world open to preschoolers.