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 Gay-Straight Alliance meetings, as well as integration into classrooms. An accompanying Action Guide for Gay-Straight 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