LINKS for Transgender Youth

Trans*Topia – http://www.youthresource.com/community/transtopia/
Youth Resource’s site for transgender, transsexual and gender queer young people. Whether you’re MtF, FtM, somewhere in between, or nowhere on that paradigm, we know you will find something here that will interest you. Includes stories from other young people who talk about their experiences of being transgender. You can also check out more information about being trans, including articles about therapy, health and trans youth, and transitioning. If you want additional information, look at our books list as well as other resources.

Trans Proud – http://www.transproud.com/
OutProud’s website for transgender youth. Headline news, links to other transgender sites for trans youth, loads of resources and information, stories of other transgender teens, message boards, as well as resources for parents of transgender children.

Resources for Young Transsexuals – http://www.annelawrence.com/youngindex.html
A section of Dr. Anne Lawrence’s Transsexual Women’s Resource website, designed to empower transsexual women by providing factual information, informed opinion, and personal narrative. Links to many great websites about and for trans youth.

Mermaids – http://www.mermaids.freeuk.com/
A family support group for children and teenagers with gender identity issues. The organization is located in the UK, but the website has many useful resouces for transgender youth.

Sarah’s Room – http://www.geocities.com/WestHollywood/Village/8517/
A transsexual teen’s page about their struggle to become the person they really are. Page includes many transgender resources, links, help, and tips especially appropriate for the transgender teen.
Links for Parents, Families and Social Service Providers

TransFamily – http://www.transfamily.org
TransFamily is a support group for transgendered and transsexual people, their parents, partners, children, other family members, friends, and supportive others. We provide referrals, literature, and over-the-phone information on all transgender issues. Although our meetings are held in Cleveland, Ohio, the Internet has enabled us to extend helping hands to transgendered individuals and their famlies across the globe.

Our Trans Children, A Publication of the Transgender Network of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). Third Edition, 2001. Avialable online at: http://www.transproud.com/pdf/transkids.pdf

Why Don’t You Tell Them I’m a Boy? Raising a Gender- Nonconforming Child, by Florence Dillon. A mother’s experience with raising a transgender (FtM) son. Available online at: http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/whydontyoutellthem.pdf

Mom I Need To Be a Girl, by Just Evelyn. Copyright 1998
Walter Trook Publishing, 276 Date St. , Imperial Beach, CA 91932.
Out of print but available online at: http://ai.eecs.umich.edu/people/conway/TS/Evelyn/Evelyn.html

Social Sevices with Transgendered Youth, Gerald P. Mallon, DSW, Editor, Harrington Park Press, 1999 ( Haworth Press, Inc.) Through personal narratives and case studies, Social Services with Transgendered Youth explores the childhood and adolescent experiences of transgendered persons. Addressing the differences between male-to-female (MTF) and female-to-male (FTM) individuals and identifying the specific challenges of transgendered persons from diverse races, cultures, and religious backgrounds, this compelling book offers suggestions that will help social workers and the youths’ families learn more about the reality of transgendered persons’ lives. http://www.haworthpressinc.com
Agencies and Sites Serving LGBT Youth

National Youth Advocacy Coalition: Washington, DC – www.nyacyouth.org
The National Youth Advocacy Coalition is a social justice organization that advocates for and with young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) in an effort to end discrimination against these youth and to ensure their physical and emotional well being.

National Parents, Friends, and Families of Lesbians and Gays: Washington, DC – www.pflag.org
Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG) is a national non-profit organization with over 80,000 members and supporters and more than 460 affiliates in the United States. This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced and serviced by the PFLAG national office.

Youth Assistance Organization: San Francisco, CA – www.youth.org
YOUTH.ORG is a service run by volunteers, created to help self-identifying gay, lesbian, bisexual and questioning youth. YOUTH.ORG exists to provide young people with a safe space online to be themselves. The PERSON project (www.youth.org/loco/PERSONProject/) provides almost everything you might need to know about GLBT equity organizing in K-12 public education in the USA.

The National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth: San Raphael, CA – www.outproud.org
OutProud, The National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth, serves the needs of these young men and women by providing advocacy, information, resources and support. Our goal is to help queer youth become happy, successful, confident and vital gay, lesbian and bisexual adults.

YouthResource: Washington, DC – www.youthresource.com
YouthResource, a Web site created by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) young people 13 to 24 years old, takes a holistic approach to sexual health by offering support, community, resources, and peer-to-peer education about issues of concern to GLBTQ young people. YouthResource has four focus areas: health, advocacy, community, and issues in our lives.

Advocates for Youth – www.advocatesforyouth.org/
Youth Resource is a project of Advocates for Youth. Other projects include:
Ambiente Joven (www.ambientejoven.org) for Latino/Latina LGBTQ youth
YouthHIV (www.youthHIH.org) providing support for Peer Educators, HIV Positive Youth, and Young People Involved in HIV Vaccine Trials
MySistahs.org (www.mysistahs.org) for and by young women of color

Youth Guardian Services – www.youth-guard.org
Youth Guardian Services is a youth-run, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides support services on the Internet to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, and straight supportive youth. At this time the organization operates solely on private donations from individuals.
Safer Schools
Gay, Lesbian, Straight, Education Network – www.glsen.org
Creating safe schools for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. GLSEN is the leading national organization fighting to end anti-gay bias in K-12 schools. GLSEN strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

Safe School Coalition – www.safeschoolscoalition.org
A public-private partnership in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth. The Safe Schools Coalition offers resources as a starting point for educators, parents/guardians and youth. The mission of the Coalition is to help schools become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

SIGNS School Survival Guide – http://www.centeryes.org/SIGNS/
SIGNS is a project of the Youth Enrichment Services Program of the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center. They are a group of student leaders working to end hate and homophobia in schools by starting Gay Straight Alliances and other student groups. Resources for students and teachers
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Human Rights Watch, Hatred in the Hallways – http://www.hrw.org/reports/2001/uslgbt/
Based on in-depth interviews with 140 youth and 130 teachers, administrators, counselors, parents, and youth service providers in seven states, this report offers the first comprehensive look at the human rights abuses suffered by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students. Order the report or read it online
Legal Information
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund – www.lambdalegal.org
Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, the transgendered, and people with HIV or AIDS through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.

National Center for Lesbian Rights – www.nclrights.org
NCLR is a national legal resource center with a primary commitment to advancing the rights of lesbians and their families. The NCLR youth project ( http://nclrights.org/projects/youthproject.htm) provides direct, free legal information to youth and their legal advocates; directly litigates cases for youth in schools and other settings; and advocates for school and mental health policies for LGBT youth of all gender identities. Site includes safe school guidelines and sample policies.

Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders – www.glad.org
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) is New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression. Resources are primarily for New England states.

American Civil Liberties Union Lesbian & Gay Rights Project – www.aclu.org/issues/gay/hmgl.html
The Lesbian and Gay Rights Project is a special division of the national ACLU. It is staffed by experts in constitutional law and civil rights who have years of experience handling cases involving lesbians and gay men, writing lesbian/gay civil rights laws, and making the case for fair and equal treatment regardless of sexual orientation. Check out the special feature on making schools safe for LGBT youth (http://www.aclu.org/issues/gay/safe_schools.html)
Resources for Deaf LGBT Youth
Deaf Queer Youth – http://www.youthresource.com/community/deaf/
There are millions of deaf or hard of hearing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Look within these pages for resources, stories, and information by and about the deaf GLBTQ community.
Other National Resources

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force – www.ngltf.org
NGLTF is the national progressive organization working for the civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, with the vision and commitment to building a powerful political movement. Site includes library and publications from the NGLTF Policy Institute, the LGBT movement think tank. Most publications are downloadable.

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation – www.glaad.org
GLAAD promotes fair, accurate, and inclusive representation of individuals and events in all media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Site includes publications and resources.

Lambda – www.lambda.org
LAMBDA is a non-profit, gay / lesbian / bisexual / transgender agency dedicated to reducing homophobia, inequality, hate crimes, and discrimination by encouraging self-acceptance, cooperation, and non-violence. Includes youth outreach section with lots of resources. Note: not Lambda Legal

Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere – www.colage.org
Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere, the only national and international organization supporting young people with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents. Lots of resources for kids and youth.

GenderPAC Youth – www.gpac.org/youth/
The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition (GenderPAC) works to end discrimination and violence caused by gender stereotypes by changing public attitudes, educating elected officials and expanding legal rights. There’s a new wave of grassroots activism coming… Gender YOUTH. This is your chance to get involved in the new gender rights movement sweeping college campuses around the country.

Human Rights Campaign – www.hrc.org
The Human Rights Campaign effectively lobbies Congress; mobilizes grassroots action in diverse communities; invests strategically to elect a fair-minded Congress; and increases public understanding through innovative education and communication strategies. HRC is a bipartisan organization that works to advance equality based on sexual orientation and gender expression and identity. The FamilyNet (http://www.llego.org/www.hrc.org/familynet/index.asp) is the most comprehensive and up-to-date resource on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) families.

LLEGÓ, the National Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Organization – http://www.llego.org
LLEGÓ is the nation’s only nonprofit organization devoted to represent and address the growing needs of Latina/o lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities on an array of social issues ranging from civil rights and social justice to health and human services. Today, with over 30 dedicated staff and a budget of $3.1 million dollars, LLEGÓ’s work is focused on developing solutions to social, health and political disparities that exist due to discrimination based on ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity affecting the lives and well-being of Latina/o LGBT people and their families.