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LGBTQ+ Youth

2024 Engayge Scholarship

High School seniors residing in the Southcoast Massachusetts area are eligible to apply for the 2024 Engayge Scholarship. Evaluation criteria also includes scholastic achievement, demonstrated financial need, as well as the student’s participation in extracurricular activities and community involvement. Recipients of the scholarship award will receive $1,000 toward their first semester college tuition.

Who is eligible?
🏳️‍🌈Identifies as LGBTQIA+
🧑‍🎓'23-'24 High School Senior
🏠Lives in Southcoast Massachusetts
💵Demonstrates Financial Need
How to Apply:
Complete Application Form at the link below AND attach the following:
▪️ 1 Letter of Recommendation from a Teacher/Counselor
▪️ 1 Letter of Recommendation from an outside source
▪️ Copy of Transcripts
The scholarship recipients will be recognized at the Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Awards in May 2024.




















Books for Everyone

The Gender Book by Mel Reiff Hill and Jay Mays The GENDER book is a fun, colorful, community based resource, which illustrates the beautiful diversity of gender – a gender 101 for anyone and everyone. BUY HERE
The Every Body Book: The LGBTQ+ Inclusive Guide for Kids about Sex, Gender, Bodies, and Families by Rachel E. Simon An illustrated LGBTQ+ inclusive kid’s guide to sex, gender and relationships education that includes children and families of all genders and sexual orientations, covering puberty, hormones, consent, sex, pregnancy and safety. BUY HERE
A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson Archie, a snarky genderqueer artist, is tired of people not understanding gender neutral pronouns. Tristan, a cisgender dude, is looking for an easy way to introduce gender neutral pronouns to his increasingly diverse workplace. The longtime best friends team up in this short and fun comic guide that explains what pronouns are, why they matter, and how to use them. A quick and easy resource for people who use they/them pronouns, and people who want to learn more! BUY HERE

Books for Kids

Gender Exploration

The Gender Identity Workbook for Kids: A Guide to Exploring Who You Are by Kelly Storck

The Gender Identity Workbook for Kids offers fun, age-appropriate activities to help your child explore their identity and discover unique ways to navigate gender expression at home, in school, and with friends.

Who Are You? The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee An interactive wheel is used to help children explore a wide range of diverse gender identities and expressions. BUY HERE

Books for Young Kids

BunnyBear by Andrea J. Loney What does it feel like to be born a bear but feel like a bunny? Bunnybear gently explores how to feel good about one’s own identity. BUY HERE
Introducing Teddy: A Gentle Story About Gender & Friendship by Jessica Walton Introducing Teddy seeks to help young readers understand gender and what it means to transition. When Thomas, Errol’s teddy, builds up the courage to tell Errol, “In my heart, I’ve always known that I’m a girl teddy, not a boy teddy. I wish my name was Tilly, not Thomas,” Errol responds with love and acceptance for his best friend. and together they teach children about being your true self. BUY HERE
Jacob’s New Dress by Sarah and Ian Hoffman

Jacob wants nothing more than his own dress. While his parents and peers initially don’t accept his love for dresses, his mom helps him sew a dress of his own, and wearing it to school his peers come to understand that it’s okay for someone labeled a boy to wear dresses.

Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall A crayon has a red wrapper around it, and the other crayons assume that it’s a red crayon, but it’s actually a blue crayon! This crayon struggles as it is constantly told to draw red things, until one day it is asked to draw something blue. At last it is accepted as a blue crayon, and enjoys drawing blue pictures with the other crayons. BUY HERE

Books for Older Children

I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings Based off the true story of Jazz Jennings, this book takes readers through her childhood life as she realized she is a girl despite the fact she was labeled a boy at birth. A good book for explaining transgender identities to children, as it provides them a character at their age with which they can relate. BUY HERE
Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love Julian is obsessed with mermaids, and with his beloved abuela, attends a festival where everyone looks like a favorite mermaid and he shines. Beautifully illustrated! BUY HERE

Books for Teens

Gender exploration

My New Gender Workbook by Kate Bornstein

Cultural theorists have written loads of smart but difficult-to-fathom texts on gender theory, but most fail to provide a hands-on, accessible guide for those trying to sort out their own sexual identities. My Gender Workbook, brings theory down to Earth and provides a practical approach to living with or without a gender.

The Gender Quest Workbook: A Guide for Teens & Young Adults Exploring Gender Identity by Rylan Jay Testa & Deborah Coolhart This one-of-a-kind, comprehensive workbook will help you navigate your gender identity and expression at home, in school, and with peers. The Gender Quest Workbook incorporates skills, exercises, and activities from evidence-based therapies—such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)—to help you address the broad range of struggles you may encounter related to gender identity, such as anxiety, isolation, fear, and even depression. BUY HERE
How to Understand Your Gender: A Practical Guide for Exploring Who You Are by Alex Iantaffi and Meg-John Barker This down-to-earth guide is for anybody who wants to know more about gender, from its biology, history and sociology, to how it plays a role in our relationships and interactions with family, friends, partners and strangers. It looks at practical ways people can express their own gender, and will help you to understand people whose gender might be different from your own. With activities and points for reflection throughout, this book will help people of all genders engage with gender diversity and explore the ideas in the book in relation to their own lived experiences. BUY HERE
Gender Identity Workbook for Teens: Practical Exercises to Navigate Your Exploration, Support Your Journey, and Celebrate Who You Are by Andrew Maxwell Triska Discover more about who you are and who you might want to become. Whether you’ve been pondering big feelings and questions about your gender, or you’re just a little curious about it, the Gender Identity Workbook for Teens is an interactive workbook that will walk you through what gender identity actually is. You’ll learn that there are endless ways to express yourself and that there’s no right or wrong way to identify. BUY HERE
Gender Identity Guide for Teens: How to clear confusion, overcome fear, discover who you truly are and live as your most authentic self today by Sophia Daniels Living through teenage years is a challenge we all face and one which is complicated enough for most. But when you are a teenager who is also struggling with gender identity those challenges can become magnified out of all proportion, especially when others find it hard to empathize or understand what you are experiencing. Up until now there hasn’t been a lot of support but this is now changing with the help of this book. BUY HERE
The Social Justice Advocate’s Guide Handbook: A Guide to Gender by Sam Killermann This is a book about gender, but it’s not “a book about gender.” It’s not overwhelming, it’s not overly complicated, and it’s not exhausting to read. It is a couple hundred pages of gender exploration, social justice how-tos, practical resources, and fun graphics & comics. BUY HERE

Pre-teen Gender Experiences

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George by Alex Gino George is 10 years old, and while everyone refers to her as a boy, she knows that she is a girl. The author uses female pronouns when referring to George, enforcing to readers that she is in fact a girl. Throughout the story George comes out to her friends, family, and peers at school as transgender, and this conversation starts as she auditions for the role of Charlotte in her school’s production of “Charlotte’s Web”. BUY HERE
Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky Grayson is a transgender girl in the sixth grade. Grayson often feels socially left out at school, but one day bravely auditions for the role of Persephone in the school play. Grayson’s playing the role of the female character ultimately helps her realize that she in fact identifies as a girl, and the support from other students in the play aid in her self-exploration and discovery. BUY HERE
Dotson By Grayson Lee White Grayson is now twelve years old. This is his story about what it’s like growing up transgender – from small moments, like buying clothes or playing football, to the big life events, like choosing a bathroom, coming out to his friends, and picking a new name. Filled with humor and joy, Dotson is a thought provoking and honest story of one boys Journey to becoming his best and truest self-sharing that with the world. BUY HERE

Teen Gender Experiences

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Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt This heartwarming story of an ordinary family fighting to make a safer world for their transgender daughter is both engaging and informative. The Maines family’s journey includes conflict with the schools, a landmark court case, the kids’ growing up, Nicole’s transition, and Wayne’s finally coming to terms with having a transgender daughter. It’s an inspiring story and it’s likely to make you think about gender in ways you haven’t before. BUY HERE
Beyond Magenta, Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken. Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of family dynamics, living situations, gender, and the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves. BUY HERE
Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe

Started as a way to explain to their family what nonbinary and asexual means, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: it is a useful and touching guide on gender identity—what it means and how to think about it—for advocates, friends, and humans everywhere. It’s also a great resource for those who identify as nonbinary or asexual.

She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan An accessible, moving and witty memoire of a young adult’s gender affirmation process, including how they came to terms with their identity and the impact on her family, friends and career. BUY HERE
Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen by Arin Andrews This honest and captivating memoir details the author’s journey through gender affirmation during middle and high school with honesty and humor. In his captivatingly witty, honest voice, Arin reveals the challenges he faced as a boy in a girl’s body, the humiliation and anger he felt after getting kicked out of his private school, and all the changes both mental and physical–he experienced once his transition began. Some Assembly Required is a true coming-of-age story about knocking down obstacles and embracing family, friendship, and first love. But more than that, it is a reminder that self-acceptance does not come ready-made with a manual and spare parts. Rather, some assembly is always required. BUY HERE