A primer for students, teachers, administrators, and parents, Expanding Gender: Youth Out Front, explores the varied identities of trans and gender expansive youth and young adults through four documentaries that allow these brave individuals to share their own stories. This collection features professionally developed curriculum for use in Genders & Sexualties Alliance meetings, as well as integration into classrooms. An accompanying Action Guide for Genders & Sexualities Alliances includes resources to enhance GSA activism—within schools and communities at large—thus creating safer spaces for LGBTQ people.
All films in this collection are closed captioned.
Jeremy Asher Lynch, 14 minutes
Jake, a confident and lovable gender expansive seven-year-old, invites us into his world of hockey playing and skirt wearing to explore the transformative power of love and support from adults.
A Place in the Middle
Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson, 24 minutes
This short is the true story of a young Hawaiian girl who aspires to become the leader of her school’s boys-only hula troupe, and an inspiring teacher who uses traditional culture to empower her.
Glenn Holsten, 11 minutes
This short documentary traces the journey of resilience and self-acceptance of Monica Rose, a strong young transwoman of color. Despite being rejected by her church and family, Monica knew she had to live a life that was true to her. Today she is a proud, confident person with a bright future.
J. Mitchel Reed, Lucah Rosenberg-Lee, 22 minutes
Profiling the lives of three young transmen of color, this short doc explores what life is like living as a black man, when no one knows you are transgender, and how each man perceives his own journey with gender after many years of being presumed as a cisgender man.
Curriculum & Action Guides
Student & Teacher Reviews
"Keep on keeping on."
–Nicole Poulin, Thomas Russell Middle School
"Students really connected to the personal stories of young people who were similar to them, whether they were LGBTQ or not. LGBTQ students who are not yet fully out also strongly related to these films and were moved by seeing someone who was like them face challenges and push through to the other side. I love that there are personal, amazing stories about young LGBTQ folks of color."
"I am amazed that both the DVD and curriculum are free, and good quality. This DVD sparked discussion about stereotypical gender roles that is applicable to all people and provided an 'in' for allies and those with limited knowledge to really understand how these social concepts are damaging to all people."
–Angela Baerwolf, Black Hawk Middle School
"I believe Tomgirl helps teachers develop a deeper understanding of gender by providing a positive example of a young person expressing all aspects of their personal sense of gender. I also appreciate Tomgirl for highlighting someone who is happy, supported, and clearly very loved for being exactly who they are. Thank you for helping get this film out to our schools and community."