Resources for Trans People

General Resources

GLAAD.org Trans Resources—Resources for transgender people who are struggling and people who want to learn about trans identities with an emphasis on media coverage of trans people.

Hudson’s FtM Guide—The most comprehensive guide for anyone (trans-)masculine who was born AFAB, from transitioning, to legal information, to surgery information. The website looks spare, but that’s because he wants even our brothers in low bandwidth areas to more easily access the site.

PFLAG.org — With nearly 400 chapters in cities around the US, PFLAG offers support groups for LGBTQ+ people and their families. Many chapters have both an LGBQ+ group and a trans-focused support group. Their website also provides information on how to start a new chapter if there is not one accessible to you.

Affirmative Services

TGNC Speech and Voice Training—Based in Princeton, NJ, trans vocalist/activist Daya Mirabai Deuskar specializes in guiding both feminine and masculine trans voices through social and physiological transition. She works on a sliding scale and is available for lessons either in person or via Zoom. Visit her website for specifics/details.

Strands for Trans—Online database of salons and barbershops that have adopted trans-affirming practices, such as gender-neutral pricing. If you’re a business manager/owner and would like to get involved, connect with them via the form on their website.

Legal Services

TransGenderLawCenter.org—Legal resources for the trans community.

Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund—Legal resources for the trans community. Their Name Change Project helps connect low-income individuals seeking a legal name change with pro-bono lawyers (only available in certain states, but name changes are something you can do without a lawyer).

US Department of State On Updating Passports—While there is no set timeline for nonbinary individuals to elect to get (or correct) a passport to reflect their gender identity, the US Department of State now allows for trans people who identify as male or female to obtain their passport without the need to submit paperwork documenting their transition.
For people born in Tennessee (the sole state that does not allow modification of birth certificates) or from jurisdictions that make it relatively hard to update legal IDs, this is the best (or a far easier) way to apply for a legal ID that reflects your gender identity, as it can be used in place of a birth certificate when needed to show proof of US citizenship.

Crisis Resources

TheTrevorProject.org—Call 1-866-488-7386, chat online confidentially with a counselor or text START to 678678. Available 24/7.

TransLifeline—Trans-specific suicide hotline for all ages. Call 877-565-8860 for support. *Note: If you looking them up, you may read some bad press detailing the arrest of two of their original founders for embezzling $350K from the org. The organization is in new hands, so ignore all the old bashing how they don’t help out. Read the new founders’ comments here.

***If you are experiencing a medical or mental health emergency, please call 911 instead of one of the services above.***

Medical Resources

TransBucket—Online resource to help trans people seeking to physically/medically transition connect with surgeons and their patients.

Plume—Online medical service to help trans individuals medically transition. Founded by the trans community, to help the trans community. They can help you obtain HRT, write letters for surgery, write letters for name and gender changes, and connect with trans-friendly primary doctors and therapists. Currently does not accept insurance, but HSAs can pay for it. Usually $99/month, though NJ and NY residents pay $90/month as labs must be paid for on site.

Folx Health—Provided for clinicians who are queer and trans themselves. Services include HRT to PrEP, ED, STI Care and more. Folx offers plans starting at $59/mo; again doesn’t accept insurance, but an HSA/FSA can pay for its services.

Planned Parenthood—While they has locations in 32 states, only some locations offer HRT. If you’d like to know if local locations offer HRT, you must call. PP states a commitment to serving the needs of their community; if your local center does not offer trans-related services, let them know that they should.

For students

Schools in Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools—National Educational Association in collaboration with NCLR, Gender Spectrum, HRC, and the ACLU.

GLSEN: Supporting Trans and GNC Youth—For K-12 students, families, and schools on supporting trans youth.

College Scholarships for LGBTQ+ Students — List of scholarships offered specifically to LGBTQ+ students. Some are limited to certain parts of the country, while others are available nationwide.

Most Highly LGBTQ+-Affirming Colleges in the USA. Via Campus Pride.

Most Highly LGBTQ+-Affirming Colleges per state. Via Campus Pride.

This comprehensive guide for anything I’ve missed for college students and their families.

Employment Opportunites

HRC’S Corporate Equality Index — Annual report ranking the top U.S. trans- and LGBTQIA+ friendly employers based on their demonstrated commitment to pride equality.

Support Groups

PFLAG — With nearly 400 chapters in cities around the US, PFLAG offers support groups for LGBTQ+ people and their families. Many chapters have a trans-friendly group. Their website also provides information on how to start a new chapter if there is not one accessible to you.

Gender Spectrum — Online groups for trans youth/adolescents and their families. Divided by age group (pre-teens 11-12, teens 13-19). Groups are sometimes centered around one topic, such as “Home for the Holidays,” or for one group of people, such as grandparents or fathers. Offer groups in English and Spanish.