Resources for Trans People

General Resources 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. — 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 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—The US Department of State now allows for trans people who identify as male, female, or non-binary to obtain their passport without the need to submit medical documentation or a doctor’s letter. Non-binary individuals must still fill out by hand the passport forms, as computer services are still being updated to accept the ”X” marker.
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 at least 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

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

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

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 and 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 Opportunities

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. Offers groups in English and Spanish.

General and Multi-City Medical Resources

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.

One Medical—Provides on-site health services to the LBGTQ community in various cities.

CAN Community Health—A non-profit organization whose services I now attend to; while focusing on those with HIV, they extend their services to the wider LGBTQ community.

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

Specific Resources by Region (Continuously Expanding)

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

The Center (NYC), Callen Lorde Medical Center, and Mount Sinai Medical Center—Supports the local LGBTQ community, providing communal and health services to New York City and northern NJ.

Mazzoni Center—Health and community center supporting the LGBTQ community around Philadelphia and southern NJ.

Whitman Walker Health—Aim to provide safe, respectful, and affirming care for the DC area.

519 Church Street Community Center—Center hub for the LGBTQ community around Toronto.
Rainbow Health Center—Provides health services to the community in and around Toronto.

Center on Halsted—Supports the LGBTQ community center in Chicago.

Atlanta Pride—Provides services for the LGBTQ community in and around Atlanta and northern Georgia.

Family Tree Clinic and North Memorial Health—Offers HRT as well as legal services for TGNC folx around the Twin Cities (St. Paul—Minneapolis) area.

Rebirth OB/GYN: Gender Center—Help trans folx around the Salt Lake City area to socially and medically transition.

Seattle LGBTQ Community Development—Provides a safe space for the LBGTQ community in and around Seattle.

LA LGBT Center—Supports the LBGTQ community of LA and Southern California.

San Fransisco LGBTQ Community Center—Provides for the LGBTQ community in and around San Francisco.

LGBT Center of Western Montana—Community center that provides services and connections to the LGBTQ community of western Montana. (Note: local health centers tend to have long waiting lines for trans people wishing to medically transition. Montana also seems to have laws in place prohibiting telemedicine services for testosterone therapy, and restrictions on trans women to get estrogen therapy; you must also now obtain gender affirmative surgery to update your gender marker on state documents, though a passport card can help bypass this for $70.)

Please do ***NOT*** email me if you work for a ”rehab”, ”medical”, or ”community” center that is for-profit, does not work ***IN-NETWORK*** with insurance companies to cover costs, encourage the purchase of HRT over the internet from foreign or medically-licensed pharmacists, or related bullshit. I will look into adding community centers and medical establishments that serve rural or large areas, including private ones, but they need to be community-based, work with insurance companies or social services, and be a positive force with the local community for me to consider adding them.
Please do not contact me if you aim to ”heal” or ”cure” us from being LGBTQIA. We call that conversion therapy, and has already been conclusively, unequivocally proven to harm our community. I will publicly mock your attempts, and even potentially dox you, for having such chutzpah to contact me about such bullshit.