LGBTQ

This page offers resources for those who identify as LGBTQ+ or are looking to better understand the community. For ways to get involved, go to Trans Advocacy or check out the organizations listed below.

Definitions

Transgender 101: A Guide to Gender and Identity to Help You Keep Up with the Conversation

Frequently Asked Questions about Transgender People

GLAAD Media Reference Guide glossary of terms

The TransAdvocacy Glossary

Sylvia Rivera Law Project: “Transgender and gender non-conforming youth in school.”

 

Identity and Self-Care

The Gender Playbook: A Guide to Figuring out Your Non-Binary Identity

These 5 Myths Might Be Holding You Back from Non-Binary Transition

Help! I think I May Be Non-Binary, But How Can I Know?

LGBTQ History and Leadership

Transgender Visibility Timeline, 1952-2012, courtesy of GLAAD

15 Trans People Who Have Made History” from the past 150+ years

Microaggressions and Myths

Frequently Asked Questions about Transgender People

“Trans Women Are Not ‘Biologically Male‘”

I’m Bisexual, But I’m Not…

9 Questions Gay People Have for Straight People

If Lesbians Said the Stuff Straight People Say

Organizations and Resources

Gender Spectrum provides “an array of services to help youth, families, organizations and institutions understand and address concepts of gender identity and gender expression, including how societal, cultural, organizational and community definitions of gender can be detrimental to any young person that does not fit neatly into these categories.” They offer resources for teens, families, schools,  and the medical community, along with a national support hotline and resources for mental health, legal issues, and social services.

GLAAD “rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change.” They offer lists of transgender advocacy and support groups, resources for transgender people in crisis, transgender programs at LGBT organizations, tips for allies and the media, among other resources.

Lambda Legal “is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.”

The National Center for Transgender Equality “is the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people.” Find resources  about news, issues, knowing your rights, and taking action.

The TransAdvocate “is investigative news and nuanced commentary from a boots-on-the-ground trans advocate perspective. What sets the TransAdvocate apart is its commitment to publishing contextual pieces based upon original investigative effort. In other words, we don’t simply repeat the news from other media sources, we report the news as discovered through actual investigative work and fact-checking.”

Transgender Law Center “is a multidisciplinary organization that advances the movement for transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) people using an integrated set of approaches, including strategic litigation, policy advocacy, educational efforts, movement building, and the creation of programs that meet the needs of TGNC communities.” They offer a legal hotline and resources for employment, family law, health, housing, identity documents, immigration, prisons and policing, public accommodations, and youth.

Trans Lifeline “is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the well being of transgender people. We run a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. This line is primarily for transgender people experiencing a crisis. This includes people who may be struggling with their gender identity and are not sure that they are transgender. While our goal is to prevent self harm, we welcome the call of any transgender person in need.”

Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC) “is a national organizing collective led by trans women of color created to uplift the narratives, leadership, and lived experiences of trans and gender non conforming people of color.  Historically, we have been the catalyst of change for social justice movements.  TWOCC works to empower our community and comrades to create and sustain revolutionary change!”

Trans Youth Equality Foundation “provides education, advocacy and support for transgender and gender non-conforming children and youth and their families. Our mission is to share information about the unique needs of this community, partnering with families, educators and service providers to help foster a healthy, caring, and safe environment for all transgender children.” The offer resources for parents, youth, educators, providers, and a list of recommended books

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), “is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, interdisciplinary professional and educational organization devoted to transgender health. Our professional, supporting, and student members engage in clinical and academic research to develop evidence-based medicine and strive to promote a high quality of care for transsexual, transgender, and gender-nonconforming individuals internationally.”

 

Resources for Youth

Claim Your Rights” by PFLAG.

Trans Youth Equality Resources: Recommended books by age group, shared stories, “Let’s talk about binding,” “Coming out: Youth thoughts,” pros and cons of disclosure, and writing and art.

Trans Student Educational Resources “is a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment. In addition to our focus on creating a more trans-friendly education system, our mission is to educate the public and teach trans activists how to be effective organizers. We believe that justice for trans and gender nonconforming youth is contingent on an intersectional framework of activism. Ending oppression is a long-term process that can only be achieved through collaborative action.”

PFLAG National Scholarship Program for graduating seniors of high school.