A nationwide nonprofit that promotes gender inclusivity announced it will cease its “direct service programming” this week.
Gender Spectrum operates in 48 states, Washington D.C., and 15 countries. The organization did not disclose a reason for ending its in-person services.
In a message shared on Instagram, the organization said the change will go into effect on Sept. 27.
“We plan on maintaining a web-based hub for resources and referrals in the form of our website,” said Gender Spectrum. “We are grateful for our staff and within our community who have supported our work toward creating a more gender-inclusive society. It has been an honor serving you.”
According to its website, the organization has offered “a wide range of programs and services that utilize this lens to foster an inclusive environment for children and teens of all genders.” Teachers could take part in “professional development opportunities” that are “aimed at equipping individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to create inclusive environments and support gender-diverse individuals.” The organization also offered “family support groups” to “help parents and caregivers navigate” raising “their gender-diverse children.”
Individuals who rely on Gender Spectrum for these types of services were directed to contact other similar organizations, including PFLAG, Stand With Trans, TransParents USA, Trans Youth Equality, GLSEN and Welcoming Schools.
“Gender Spectrum’s website has been stripped of many of its programs and services like ‘Gender Inclusive Schools,’ which included a model bathroom policy and the infamous ‘Gender Support Plan’ — used to hide the social transitions of students from parents,” reports journalist Christina Buttons on X.
Based out of San Leandro, California, Gender Spectrum was founded in 2006 and began its first national transgender parent support group. The group went on to offer training in California pre-schools and elementary schools.
The California Department of Public Health gave Gender Spectrum a five-year grant to conduct a “rigorous evaluation” of the department’s professional programs. The agency also noted that schools can participate in two programs offered by the organization, The Foundations of Gender Inclusive Schools Training and The Gender Spectrum Inclusive Schools Network.
According to OpenTheBooks, Gender Spectrum has collected a total of $2.34 million from the state.
“We recognized the urgent need for comprehensive resources, education, and support for professionals, families, and communities navigating the complexities of gender identity and expression,” the organization stated. “Over the years, we have tirelessly advocated for gender-inclusive policies and practices, worked closely with professionals to enhance their understanding and skills, and empowered families with the knowledge and support they need.”
Stephanie Brill, Gender Spectrum’s founder, published the book The Transgender Child in 2008 and The Transgender Teen in 2016. Brill is considered “a leading expert on a broad range of topics related to gender diversity,” according to her publisher Simon & Schuster.