Welcome to Transkids.

This site is primarily for teachers in primary schools. It is not just for teachers in primary schools with transgender children in their class, it is for all primary school teachers. (However there is also material here which may be useful to secondary teachers and parents.)

The reason for this is that if you have a transgender child in your class or your school, you are very unlikely to know it. Transgender children, especially transgirls (ie people who are female but were assigned male gender at birth), are extremely secretive and feel that they are freaks. They become aware at quite a young age that their gender identity and the way they feel is unacceptable. Other children will often pick on any sign of  them not fitting into the gender into which they have been born in order to brand them sissies.

Transgender children need to know that they are OK, that the way they are is not unique and that, even if they do not feel they can tell anyone. Hopefully given this, they will feel reassured and may grow in confidence enough to start to be themselves, remembering the Shakespearian adage,

"This above all, unto thine own self be true."

"Tomboys" usually do not have quite so many problems as transgirls, but still often suffer from homophobic taunts and as such sometimes try to keep their gender identity suppressed also.

All transgender children have problems, but those problems are not caused by beng transgender, that is never a problem in itself. The problem is everyone else's attitude towards transgender children, whether they are other children, their parents, other children's parents or school staff. This site aims to help rid transgender children of the problems of other people's negative opinions.

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