Resources

Support groups & information

QLife Australia – phone/chat support, information, and resources

QLife works across Australian to connect queer and trans people to support and resources in their local area. They have a phone line and web chat for non-crisis peer LGBTQ support and an online directory of support groups, health care providers, and other resources for transgender and gender diverse people.

Posted Jan 22
The Enchanté Network of Canada

Enchanté is a national network connecting and supporting over 160 pride centres and 2SLGBTQ+ service providers in all provinces. Trans Canadians can use their membership list to find support locally.

Posted Jan 22
TGEU Directory

TGEU networks trans support groups throughout Europe.

Posted Jan 22
ILGA (International Lesbian and Gay Ascn) Global Directory

ILGA provides a worldwide directory of lgbtq groups and information on the status of trans people globally.

Posted Jan 22
CenterLink Directory of LGBTQ Centers (US+)

CenterLink is one place to look for local lgbtq support especially in the US.

Posted Jan 22
Transspace

Transgender online support chat group.

Posted Sep 17
Trans Lifeline

Support for US and Canadian residents, dedicated to the well being of transgender people. They run a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs members of our community might have.

Posted Nov 16
Transgender Peer Associates

A not-for-profit company, that aims to provide social and emotional support services, including peer support and mentoring, to any individual that identifies as transgender, transexual, gender assigned incongruent, transvestite, crossdresser, intersex, gender queer, gender questioning or any actual or perceived gender variance, their significant others and those who support them.

Posted Sep 14
Gendered Intelligence

Creative workshops, arts programmes, conferences and youth group sessions.

Posted Sep 14
Transsexual Road Map

An excellent free guide to process of transitioning, and the social issues around it.

Posted Sep 14
Transgender Zone

Comprehensive website including medical information, a guide to venues and opinion about transgender representation in the media for both MtFs and FtMs.

Posted Sep 14
Scottish Transgender Alliance

Support for trans people, equality organisations, policymakers and employers in Scotland, UK.

Posted Sep 14
Mermaids

Family and individual support for teenagers and children with gender identity issues.

Posted Sep 14
Gender trust

Organisation which supports adults whose lives are affected by gender identity issues, as well as families and employers of transsexual or transgender people.

Posted Sep 14
Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES)

Information for trans people, their families and medical professionals.

Posted Sep 14
Clare Project

Brighton, UK based support group ‘open to anyone wishing to explore issues around gender identity’.

Posted Sep 14
The Beaumont Society

National self-help body run by and for those who cross-dress or are transsexual, and for their partners.

Posted Sep 14

Changing personal docs and other legal resources

(US) Trans Legal Services Network via Transequality

The groups listed here can provide some legal support in transition and may be able to connect you to further resources. Some may run name change clinics that would support a transgender person through the whole name change process while others may be more informal.

Posted Jan 22
International Over View: ILGA Trans Legal Mapping Report 2019 ed.
Posted Dec 21
Table of US Name, ID, and BC processes, 2021, from Movement Advancement Project

see the citations pdfs for relevant laws in each state

Posted Dec 21
US birth certificate amendments state by state

A state by state guide to birth certificate changes in the United States

Posted Dec 14
Press for change

Political lobbying and educational organisation campaigning for equality and human rights for British trans people through legislation and social change. The original website is archived here.

Posted Sep 14
Sylvia Rivera Law Project

US-based organisation seeking to raise the voices of marginalised trans people.

Posted Sep 14

Culture & community

The Angels

Forum ‘supporting the TG community’.

Posted Sep 14
Club Wotever

A London UK bar space for trans, queer, LGBT people and their friends, with an emphasis on queer/trans performance.

Posted Sep 14
Deep Stealth Productions

Founded by Calpernia Addams and Andrea James, Deep Stealth strives for positive media representation of trans people.

Posted Sep 14
Meta

A unique digital magazine which brings you the very best of trans and genderqueer news, advice and entertainment.

Posted Sep 14
Sparkle

The ‘national transgender celebration’ which takes place in Manchester every year.

Posted Sep 14
Trans Media Watch

Aims to combat prejudiced or sensationalist media reporting of trans issues, and offer advice to people or organisations.

Posted Sep 14
Transfriendly

Online forum for the trans community.

Posted Sep 14

Spouses/Partners

Reddit’s my partner is trans

A discussion forum for partners, significant others and spouses of trans people.

Posted Jul 17
Depend

Support group for families and friends of transsexual people in the UK.

Posted Sep 14

Trangender youth and family support

(Virtual Groups) TransFamilies

TransFamilies provides peer support and information for parents of transgender and gender diverse youth through virtual group meetings, and includes meetings for many specific demographics, including a fathers group, a group for neurodiverse parents, and groups in Spanish.

Posted Jan 22
(US) Standwithtrans.org

Stand With Trans connects parents of trans youth for peer support including online groups, and has numerous resources/links about transgender youth issues in the United States including navigating college in transition.

Posted Jan 22
(EU+) IGYLO Directory of lgbtq youth programs

Transgender youth and their parents throughout Europe can find support, information, and advice through the local groups listed here.

Posted Jan 22
Importance of Gender Affirming Care for Transgender & Gender Expansive Youth

An article on the Importance of Gender Affirming Care for Transgender and Gender Expansive Youth by nursinglicensemap.com

Posted Jan 22

Female to male specific

Spectrum Outfitters- The British Binder Company
Posted Mar 18
Breast binders for Tomboys and FTM by T-Kingdom
Posted Mar 18
FTM Chest Binders for Trans Men by Underworks
Posted Mar 18
GC2B Binders and Apparel

gc2b say they provide the best and safest chest binders at the most affordable prices. They offer 11 colors and two styles. We are not affiliated with them at all but lots of guys have recommended them so this link is here in the hope it helps someone.

Posted Jan 17
TransGuys

‘The internet’s magazine for transgender men’.

Posted Sep 14
FTM Resource Guide

For trans men and friends, with tips on hormones, grooming, clothing, surgery and more.

Posted Sep 14
FTM International

A comprehensive website for the female-to-male community, offering information about healthcare, law, events and family support.

Posted Sep 14

History & politics

The Empire Strikes Back

Trans woman Sandy Stone’s spirited rebuttal of Janice Raymond’s book The Transsexual Empire (1979). This essay is one of the key texts of the 90s trans rights movement.

Posted Sep 14
Gender Variance Who’s Who

‘Essays on trans, intersex, cis and other persons and topics from a trans perspective’. Includes plenty of further reading, with a list of international trans resources.

Posted Sep 14
Intersex UK

Committed to human rights for intersex people.

Posted Sep 14
Just Plain Sense – The Trans Tapes

Interviews by Christine Burns with a variety of trans people.

Posted Sep 14
Transgender Day of Remembrance

Observed every 20 November to commemorate victims of transphobic violence.

Posted Sep 14
Women Born Transsexual

For people who recognise transsexualism as an innate condition rather than a gender identity disorder.

Posted Sep 14

Hormone replacement therapy

HRT Providers in Maine

MaineTransNet has worked closely with and helped to train several specific organizations in providing culturally competent care around the State of Maine.

Posted Sep 17
Online Blood tests

We do not recommend self medication. We do recognise your right to choose. Self medication is very risky without blood tests. This website has been recommended by an independent third party, however transgender.support cannot in any way attest to its trustworthiness.

Posted Sep 16

Medical services & healthcare

US TLDEF Trans Health Project: Providers, insurance, and other resources.

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund Trans Health Project has guides to common insurance problems and policies, and some information on finding trans friendly medical practitioners including directories.

Posted Jan 22
Trans Health UK: Guide to Public and Private Care

This trans-led group provides relatively currently information about both private gender services and NHS GIC wait/status throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Posted Jan 22
Online blood tests

We do not recommend self medication. We do recognise your right to choose. Self medication is very risky without blood tests. This website has been recommended by an independent third party, however transgender.support cannot in any way attest to its trustworthiness.

Posted Sep 16
Contradictions between Tylenol (Paracetamol) & Emla (Lidocaine) creams

Talk to your doctor before using prilocaine topical together with acetaminophen. Prilocaine topical can cause a condition called methemoglobinemia that reduces the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood to different organs, and combining the medication with acetaminophen may increase the risk.

Posted Dec 14
UK NHS primary care circular – How to help trans people

This is a direct download link to a document, that should have been circulated to all UK based general practitioners in early 2014. It is guide on how to aid all trans* people, be it early, mid, late or post transition. If your GP feels unsure of how to help you, please download, print and show this document to them. It will help guide them in your care.

Posted Sep 14
National archives – Gender Identity

UK department of health documents relating to gender identity.

Posted Sep 14
NHS Choices

The UK NHS page on gender dysphoria, covering terminology, symptoms and treatment.

Posted Sep 14
Trans Health

Magazine covering health and fitness issues.

Posted Sep 14
World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)

Professional organisation devoted to ‘the understanding and treatment of gender identity disorders’. Originally named after pioneering physician Harry Benjamin, WPATH produces the ethical guidelines and standards of care for professionals working with patients with gender identity issues.

Posted Sep 14

Relationships & dating

Men Who Love Trans Women

For cis men who ended up here seeking trans women, this series where a trans journalist interviews cisgender men interested in trans women might be informative, as well as her other work.

Posted Sep 14

Surgeons & surgery

Non-standard lower surgery AMA / Q&A
Posted Nov 19
Twitter feed showing recovery of non conforming genital surgery.
Posted Jul 19
DrHeidi Wittenberg – Surgeon who provides Penile Preservation Vaginoplasty
Posted Dec 18
Info on Penile Preservation Vaginoplasty

An example of other surgical options: Keeping penis, but also getting a vaginoplasty.

Posted Dec 18
Virtual FFS

This site details the typical differences between men and women’s facial structures and help gives a better understanding of any facial work you may need. For a fee you can also send your pictures to the site’s author and she will alter them to approximate your results post feminine facial surgery. Recommended.

Posted Sep 14
Facial team

Facial Team was founded by Dr. Luis Capitán (Spain) and Dr. Daniel Simon (Brazil), specialists in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, primarily to meet the demand for Feminine Facial Surgery.

Posted Sep 14
GRS Montreal – Dr Brassard

Dr. Brassard is a Canadian SRS surgeon in Montréal Québec. He does both MtF and FtM surgeries. His MtF technique is the standard penile inversion method.

Posted Sep 14
Suporn clinic

Dr Suporn Watanyusakul MD is an aesthetic plastic and reconstructive craniofacial surgeon specializing in the fields of SRS, FFS and Augmentation Mammaplasty (AM) operations, and whose Clinic is in Chonburi, Thailand.

Posted Sep 14

Voice training

(US) Universities Promoting Access to Transgender Voice Therapy

The programs listed here have worked to respond to a lack of education on transition related vocal therapy and improve access to those services by including local transgender communities in their training for students. University clinics are generally low cost and able to work with insurance and the uninsured. Different clinics may have options for telehealth as well as both private and group support, and can help trans men, women, and non-binary people prepare their voice for transition with the help of speech therapy students and licensed/experienced supervisors.

Posted Jan 22
Expanding the evidence: Developments and innovations in clinical practice, training and competency within voice and communication therapy for trans and gender diverse people
Posted Jul 19
VoiceUp Voice Therapy App
Posted Nov 18
Good Tool to aid voice therapy

There is a free version of the app available on the store.

Posted May 18
MtF Voice Training Regimen

Reddit post on voice training regimen.

Posted Oct 14
M2F vocal exercises

Useful vocal exercises. Note: Pitch, Intonation, Resonance, Other speech features, Non-speech features links on the left.

Posted Oct 14

Proof that transition improves quality of life

Reduction in Mental Health Treatment Utilization Among Transgender Individuals After Gender-Affirming Surgeries: A Total Population Study

In this first total population study of transgender individuals with a gender incongruence diagnosis, the longitudinal association between gender-affirming surgery and reduced likelihood of mental health treatment lends support to the decision to provide gender-affirming surgeries to transgender individuals who seek them.

Posted Oct 19
Dutch study of 6793 people attending the Amsterdam GIC between 1972 and 2015 show genital surgery regret rates of 0.6% for trans women and 0.3% for trans men.
Posted Jul 18
Chosen Name Use Is Linked to Reduced Depressive Symptoms, Suicidal Ideation, and Suicidal Behavior Among Transgender Youth
Posted Apr 18
First accurate data showing male to female transgender surgery can give better life

Scientists have developed a transgender-specific questionnaire, which confirms for the first time that gender surgery significantly improves quality of life for the majority of patients. The study shows that 80% of male-to-female patients perceived themselves as women post-surgery.

Posted Mar 18
Effects of different steps in gender reassignment therapy on psychopathology: a prospective study of persons with a gender identity disorder.

A marked reduction in psychopathology occurs during the process of sex reassignment therapy, especially after the initiation of hormone therapy.

Posted Jul 17
Is hormonal therapy associated with better quality of life in transsexuals? A cross-sectional study.

The present study suggests a positive effect of hormone therapy on transsexuals’ QoL after accounting for confounding factors. These results will be useful for healthcare providers of transgender persons but should be confirmed with larger samples using a prospective study design.

Posted Jul 17
Determinants of quality of life in Spanish transsexuals attending a gender unit before genital sex reassignment surgery.

Cross-sex hormonal treatment, family support, and working or studying are linked to a better self-reported QoL in transsexuals. Healthcare providers should consider these factors when planning interventions to promote the health-related QoL of transsexuals.

Posted Jul 17
Quality of life of individuals with and without facial feminization surgery or gender reassignment surgery.

Transwomen have diminished mental health-related quality of life compared with the general female population. However, surgical treatments (e.g. FFS, GRS, or both) are associated with improved mental health-related quality of life.

Posted Jul 17
Young adult psychological outcome after puberty suppression and gender reassignment.

A clinical protocol of a multidisciplinary team with mental health professionals, physicians, and surgeons, including puberty suppression, followed by cross-sex hormones and gender reassignment surgery, provides gender dysphoric youth who seek gender reassignment from early puberty on, the opportunity to develop into well-functioning young adults.

Posted Jul 17
Quality of life and sexual health after sex reassignment surgery in transsexual men.

Results of the current study indicate transsexual men generally have a good quality of life and experience satisfactory sexual function after SRS.

Posted Jul 17
The case for bilateral mastectomy and male chest contouring for the female-to-male transsexual.

The literature showed that bilateral mastectomy is necessary for trans men to live safely and effectively in their reassigned gender role, and further that it acts as a prophylaxis against distress, ameliorates extant distress as well as providing improved quality of life and global functioning for this patient group.

Posted Jul 17
Patient satisfaction with breasts and psychosocial, sexual, and physical well-being after breast augmentation in male-to-female transsexuals.

In this prospective, noncomparative, cohort study, the current results suggest that the gains in breast satisfaction, psychosocial well-being, and sexual well-being after male-to-female transsexual patients undergo breast augmentation are statistically significant and clinically meaningful to the patient at 4 months after surgery and in the long term.

Posted Jul 17
Psychosocial Adjustment to Sex Reassignment Surgery: A Qualitative Examination and Personal Experiences of Six Transsexual Persons in Croatia

As the first study in Croatia conducted with persons who have undergone gender reassignment, the results of the present research confirm the importance of individual factors in the psychosocial adjustment of transsexual individuals following SRS in a country whose social environment is hostile towards gender nonconformity.

Posted Jul 17
Hormone-treated transsexuals report less social distress, anxiety and depression.

The results suggest that most transsexual patients attending a gender identity unit reported subclinical levels of social distress, anxiety, and depression. Moreover, patients under cross-sex hormonal treatment displayed a lower prevalence of these symptoms than patients who had not initiated hormonal therapy.

Posted Jul 17
Hormonal Treatment Reduces Psychobiological Distress in Gender Identity Disorder, Independently of the Attachment Style

Our results suggested that untreated patients suffer from a higher degree of stress and that attachment insecurity negatively impacts the stress management. Initiating the hormonal treatment seemed to have a positive effect in reducing stress levels, whatever the attachment style may be.

Posted Jul 17
Removing transgender identity from the classification of mental disorders: a Mexican field study for ICD-11

This study provides additional support for classifying health-related categories related to transgender identity outside the classification of mental disorders in the ICD-11. The reconceptualisation and related reclassification of transgender-related health conditions in the ICD-11 could serve as a useful instrument in the discussion of public health policies aimed at increasing access to appropriate services and reducing the victimisation of transgender people.

Posted Jul 17

Studies