By Laura Gallant, 5/25/23, https://positiveexperience.org/category/blog/
Positive childhood experiences (PCEs) should be available and accessible to all children. The health and well-being of children and youth who are transgender (trans) or nonbinary has been a topic of much political debate over the past year, as some states are making gender-affirming healthcare illegal, and school boards are banning books with LGBTQ+ content. These actions build barriers to PCEs for trans and non-binary youth. At the HOPE National Resource Center, we have created a resource to help lessen these barriers; Promoting PCEs for Children and Youth who are Transgender or Non-binary.
It is common for trans and non-binary youth to experience bullying and disapproval, leading to a higher risk of anxiety and depression. PCEs are known to heal the brain after traumatic experiences, making it imperative to intentionally promote PCEs that support trans and non-binary youth in feeling safe, supported, and loved. Below are 10 ways to promote PCEs, they are intended for everyone, whether there is a youth in your life who identifies as trans or non-binary, your organization works with youth, or you live in a community with youth. Learn more and read the full resource on our website.