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General Resources:

Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association
A professional organization devoted to the understanding and treatment of so-called gender identity "disorders." The HBIGDA Standards of Care outline the group's consensus about psychiatric, psychological, medical, and surgical approaches to treating trans people.

Transgender Health Program
Launched by Vancouver Coastal Health in June 2003 to improve transgender health services in British Columbia, this site offers an extensive online library of health information, including training materials for clinicians.

Transgender Care
Health information for transgendered people, written by professionals who specialize in caring for the trans community. Contains detailed protocols for medical treatment and detailed background on surgical procedures.

TS Roadmap
A comprehensive guide to the transition process written primarily for trans women, including practical advice for each step along the way.

Susan's Place - Transgender Resources
One of the largest collections of trans-related links, as well as online discussion forums and othe resources.

Academic & Literary Sites:

Trans Academics
An online gathering place where people of all genders can discuss gender theory and the latest academic research.

Trans Feminism
A sibling project of "Trans Academics," this site offers a trans-positive space for the discussion of the intersections of gender diverse and feminist identities/communities.

Psychology of Gender Identity & Transgenderism
The personal experiences of a transsexual psychologist and a scientific critique of the psychopathology of gender identity disorder.

Gender Identity Research and Education Society
This UK-based group maintains an archive of educational materials on issues surrounding gender identity and transsexualism.

Trangender Warrior: The Domain of Leslie Feinberg
Webpage of transgender activist Leslie Feinberg, author of "Stone Butch Blues,"  "Transgender Warriors," "Trans Liberation," and other bestsellers.

Activism and Advocacy:

International Foundation for Gender Education
Advocacy group to promote understanding and acceptance of all people, and freedom of gender expression. 

Sylvia Rivera Law Project
Based in New York City, the SRLP works to improve access to social, health, and legal services for low-income people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming.

National Transgender Advocacy Coalition
Working for the advancement of civil rights for transgendered, intersexed, and gender variant people through lobbying in Washington and other legislative action.

National Center for Transgender Equality
A national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people.

Transgender at Work Project
The TAW project addresses workplace issues for the transgendered, and provides resources for innovative employers to help transgendered employees.

Transgender American Veterans Association
The TAVA acts to ensure that transsexual and transgendered veterans receive appropriate medical care in accordance with Veterans Health Administration standards.

New York Transgender Rights Organization
(COMING SOON!) A new statewide advocacy group working to end discrimination and ensure civil rights for all New Yorkers. Please contact Spectrum for more information. - Emi Koyama's Activist Site
Great website by a self-identified "multi-issue social justice slut synthesizing feminist, Asian, survivor, dyke, queer, sex worker, intersex, genderqueer, and crip politics." Whew! Check out her downloadable genderfuck fliers, buttons, and other fun stuff.

GenderWarrior - Eli R. Green
Eli's work revolves around ending oppression based on gender identity and sexual orientation for all. Ze is also the founder and webmaster of 


Translating Identity Conference
An annual academically oriented conference at the University of Vermont in Burlington focusing on gender and gender identities held in October.

Southern Comfort Convention
The world's largest transgender conference, held every year in Atlanta, Georgia.

Gender Odyssey
The largest national conference devoted to issues affecting FTM people, their families, and allies.

Chicago's Be-All
Transgender convention with seminars, vendors, and social events held annually in Chicago.

Diva Las Vegas
Billed as "a vacation, not a convention," this event is all about fun social events, with no seminars or speakers.

Lake Erie Gala
Without the formal workshops or lectures of other T conferences, but lots of planned activities for fun, friends and relaxation.

Tri-Ess - Holiday En Femme
Convention for heterosexual male crossdressers, spouses, and supporters hosted by the Society for the Second Self.

Tri-Ess - SPICE
Spouses' and Partners' International Conference on Education hosted by the Society for the Second Self

Crossdressers' Getaway Weekend
A crossdressers' social event organized by CDS Bookstand Publishers.

Eureka En Femme
Twice annual crossdressers' vacation event in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Esprit Conference
A West Coast conference focused on changing lives for the better and creating pride and self-respect for anyone who is transgendered.

Fantasia Fair
A week-long transgender event in Massachusetts that attracts people from the entire range of the GLBTI community - crossdressers, transsexuals, intersex individuals, M2Fs, F2Ms, and their significant others.

First Event
Social event sponsored by the Tiffany Club of New England, a crossdressers' group in Boston.

IFGE Conference
Academic conference of the International Foundation for Gender Education.

Resources for Transgendered Youth:

The Antijen Pages
A web portal for young transgendered people that includes how-to hints, SRS experiences, high school stories, and other writings by trans youth.

British support group for gender variant children and teenagers.

Transgender Network of PFLAG
An affiliate of Parents and Families of Lesbians and Gays, focusing specifically on promoting the health and well-being of trans people, their families, and friends. 

Resources and news for trans youth and educators.

Queer Bodies
An outreach project for intersex youth, created by Bodies Like Ours.

Male-to-Female Sites:

Anne Lawrence's MTF Resource Page
Compiled by Anne Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D

Tara's Transgender Resources
Lots of useful information about MTF transition.

Female-to-Male Sites:

Hudson's FTM Resource Guide
Excellent source of reliable, non-judgmental information on FTM issues written by a trans man in the Boston area.

The largest FtM (Female to Male) transexual link listing, directory, massive surgery list (top surgeons and bottom surgeons), FtM Spouse, Friends, and Family section (SOFFA), FtM and spouse journals, pictures, photos, sex advice, and all other
trans, F2M, tranny boy, gay, lesbian, or questioning needs.

FTM Phalloplasty Information Hub
Detailed information on phalloplasty procedures, hospitals, and surgeons. Graphic photos.

FTM International
The largest and oldest international organization serving the global Female-to-Male community.

An online photo repository of FTM gender reassignment surgeries. A login ID and password are required to upload or view post-op pictures.

The Transitional Male
A comprehensive, educational, support based website designed for transmen, their significant others, family and friends.

FTM Informational Network
Email discussion list for FTMs and website with links to many helpful pages.

TransMan's Informational Project
Good resources, plus online chat every night at 10 p.m. eastern time.

Cross-Dressing Sites:

Society for the Second Self (Tri-Ess)
Organization for heterosexual male crossdressers and their supporters.

Free online community for cross-dressers, other TG people, and those who love them.

Genderqueer Sites:

(Coming soon)

Intersex Sites:

Intersex Society of North America
U.S.-based organization devoted to ending shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for intersex individuals.

Bodies Like Ours
Information and peer support group for intersex.

Intersex Initiative
West coast organization with a wealth of resources, including an online newsletter, speaker's bureau, teaching tools, and essays on legal issues.

Intersex Awareness Day
A movement to create an international day of grass-roots action to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries on intersex children.

Personal Journeys:
Interesting personal blog site.
Personal website of Jennifer Reitz, a post-op transwoman, with a lot of good general information about gender dysphoria.

Just Evelyn
Memoirs of a young transwoman.

Lynn Conway
A famed pioneer of microelectronics chip design and electrical engineering / computer science professor shares her personal experiences. 

Project XY
Perspectives from a young Asian-American transman undergoing hormone treatment. 

Ethan's FTM Transition
Personal account of a veterinary medicine student from Vermont, with beautiful body
art photos.

FTM Diary
Diary entries from an anonymous trans man that first appeared in the Boston Phoenix, an alternative weekly newspaper

Raven Kaldera's Activist Writing
Thought-provoking essays on transgender life, sexual freedom, and paganism. 

A personal journal of gender and trans issues by Helen Boyd, author of "My Husband Betty." 

Dragonfly Rising
Website of Qwo-Li Driskill, a Cherokee Two-Spirit/Queer poet, essayist, activist, and popular educator also of African, Irish, Lenape, Lumbee, and Osage ascent. 

Professional Services:

Samuel Lurie: Transgender Awareness Training and Advocacy
Samuel Lurie works with advocates and allies of transgender people to help meet the needs of trans people in health care and social services. He also trains people to offer trans awareness trainings in their own communities, and has developed specific curricula that can be adapted to various audiences. 

Anne Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D
Physician and medical researcher specializing in clinical sexology, based in Seattle. 

GLBT National Help Center
Free and confidential telephone and email peer-counseling, information, and local resources. National hotline: 1-888-THE-GLNH (1-888-843-4564); Youth Talkline: 1-800-246-PRIDE (7743)

Toby R. Meltzer, M.D., P.C.
Website of Dr. Toby Meltzer, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and a leading expert on surgical options for transgendered people.

GRS Montreal
Gender reassignment surgery practice of Drs. Pierre Brassard and Yvon Menard in Montreal, Canada.

Spirituality and Religion:

Huriyah: A Queer Muslim Magazine
Founded in 2002, Huriyah publishes articles on Islam and queer identities.

Unitarian Universalist Church
Office of Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian & Transgender Concerns

The Unitarian Universalist Church has been strong voice in the fight for the rights of transgender, bisexual, intersexed, lesbian, gay and gender variant people.

Trans Comics and Other Fun Sites:

"Venus Envy," by Erin Lindsey
One of the best-known trans-oriented comic strips featuring the story of Zo , a transsexual teenager and her friends.

"Lean on Me," by Jane Gordon

"Transe-Generation," by Matt Nishi

"Closet Space," by Jenn Dolari

"From Then On Fourth," by Elizabeth Troub

Products for Sale:

Mango Products
Prostheses and apparel for transmen (FTM guys)


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