Resources

Studies into the cause of Gender Incongruence

Sex Dimorphism of the Brain in Male-to-Female Transsexuals

The observed differences between MtF-TR and controls raise the question as to whether gender dysphoria may be associated with changes in multiple structures and involve a network (rather than a single nodal area).

Posted Jul 17
Regional cerebral blood flow changes in female to male gender identity disorder.

The ACC and insula are regions that have been noted as being related to human sexual behavior and consciousness. From these findings, useful insights into the biological basis of GID were suggested.

Posted Jul 17
White matter microstructure in female to male transsexuals before cross-sex hormonal treatment. A diffusion tensor imaging study

Our results show that the white matter microstructure pattern in untreated FtM transsexuals is closer to the pattern of subjects who share their gender identity (males) than those who share their biological sex (females). Our results provide evidence for an inherent difference in the brain structure of FtM transsexuals.

Posted Jul 17
The microstructure of white matter in male to female transsexuals before cross-sex hormonal treatment. A DTI study

Our results show that the white matter microstructure pattern in untreated MtF transsexuals falls halfway between the pattern of male and female controls. The nature of these differences suggests that some fasciculi do not complete the masculinization process in MtF transsexuals during brain development.

Posted Jul 17

Proof that transition improves quality of life

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

Spouses/Partners

Reddit’s my partner is trans

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

Posted Jul 17

Support groups & information

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
Gender matters

Provides a comprehensive programme of practical support, counselling, advice and information for anyone with any questions or problems concerning their gender identity, or whose loved ones are struggling with gender identity issues.

Posted Sep 14
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
The Beaumont Society

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

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
Depend

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

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

US birth certificate amendments state by state

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

Posted Dec 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
Gendered Intelligence

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

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
Transfabulous

Former London-based organisation devoted to transgender performance art, with an interesting archive.

Posted Sep 14
Transfriendly

Online forum for the trans community.

Posted Sep 14

Female to male specific

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
Original Plumbing

US magazine ‘dedicated to the sexuality and culture of FtM trans guys’.

Posted Sep 14
FTM UK

UK-based FTM lifestyle forum.

Posted Sep 14
FTM Resource Guide

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

Posted Sep 14
FTM Network

A British-based site acting as a friendship/support group for FtM transgender and transsexual people.

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
Genderqueer Revolution

For people beyond gender binaries.

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
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
Trans London

London UK discussion group.

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
HRT Self-Medication: Information Accuracy and Risks of HRT

This article compares recommendations from medical and non-medical sources, and explains conditions that could result from HRT, whether therapy is medically monitored or not. This information is not provided or intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or care.

Posted Sep 14

Medical services & healthcare

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
Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic online support group

A discussion group for those who have used the Gender Identity Clinic at Charing Cross, London, UK.

Posted Sep 14
Mind OUT

Service for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people with mental health concerns.

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
Transhealth UK

The London Gender Clinic, the UK’s largest private service.

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

Presentation

Bra size calculator

Not exactly a trans resource exactly, but we felt it may be of some use to you :)

Posted Jan 15

Relationships & dating

Trans partners

A Uk based site for the female partners of TV.TG and TS people.

Posted Sep 14
TV chix

TvChix aims to become the #1 contacts site for crossdressers and transgendered women.

Posted Sep 14

Surgeons & surgery

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
TS surgery guide

Created to become a collective of information on surgeons that serves the transgender community. Their mission is to provide transsexual and transgender individuals with the ability to select the right surgeon for them.

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

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