Being transgenderism, being transsexual.
Gender dysphoria, & gender identity
Links to other Internet web sites
Transgender/transsexual web sites:
Many of the following are non-profit groups, understaffed,
overworked and in need of funds. As you surf their websites,
please consider making a funding contribution to those that ask.
American Educational Gender Information Service, Inc. (AEGIS) is a
"...nonprofit clearinghouse for information about transgender and transsexual
issues." They have a number of publications: the journal Chrysalis: The Journal of Transgressive Gender Identities; AEGIS News (a membership
newsletter), The Transgender Treatment Bulletin, etc. They have a number of
advisories on Transsexual medical concerns. AEGIS is now part of GEA. See: http://www.gender.org/
The Center for Gender Sanity describes its function as: "A refuge
from male/female dichotomies, sex-based stereotypes, and other gender
madness..." They have a consulting service for transsexuals in the workplace.
They have many information sheets on their web site, including a list of links
of potential interest to transsexuals in the workplace and their employers.
The Colorado Gold Rush is an annual conference sponsored by the Gender Identity
Center of Colorado since 1998. It is typically three days long and is held in February or
March. They feature speakers and workshops. See: http://www.coloradogoldrush.org/
Lynn Conway has created a "... major informational and support site for transgender and transsexual people. The site now reflects years of field work and empirical research, and intensive efforts at framing and writing up the resulting observations regarding this previously almost invisible, highly stigmatized minority about which many superstitions still prevail. She is a electrical engineering professor at the University of Michigan. See: http://ai.eecs.umich.edu/ Her personal story is moving and remarkable. See: http://ai.eecs.umich.edu/
The FTM Information Network is a personal web site based on a FTM transgender person's personal experiences.
It has items of interest to transsexuals extracted from the media, links to
other web sites, an e-mail list, etc. vSee: http://www.ftminfo.net/
FTM International serves the Female-to-Male transsexual community.
They have sponsored over 1,650 information and networking meetings worldwide.
They distribute the FTMInternational Newsletter, the FTMI Yellow
Pages Resource Directory, and an educational CD on FTM transition. See: http://www.ftmi.org/
The FTM Resource Guide provides "information on topics of interest
to female-to-male (FTM, F2M) trans men, and their friends and loved ones."
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network "... strives to
assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected
regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression." They have
over 4,000 gay-straight alliances (GSAs) and about 40 full time staff. See: http://www.glsen.org/
The Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) has represented
transgender people since the early 1980s. GLAD launched a Transgender Rights
Project in 2008. See: http://www.glad.org/
Gender Education and Advocacy (GEA) is "a national
organization focused on the needs, issues and concerns of gender variant people
in human society." See: http://www.gender.org/
GenderTalk was "the leading talk radio program on all issues of
gender" for a decade before its last broadcast in 2006. They have over 400 programs archived online. See: http://www.gendertalk.com
GLAAD publishes a Transgender Glossary of Terms at: http://www.glaad.org as a guide for journalists and others writing about transgender topics.
The International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE)
advocates freedom of gender expression. They promote understanding and
acceptance of all people whether they identify themselves as Transgender,
Transsexual, Crossdresser, Agender, Gender Queer, Intersex, Two Spirit, Hijra,
Kathoey, Drag King, Drag Queen, Queer, Lesbian, Gay, Straight, Butch, Femme,
Faerie, Homosexual, Bisexual, or Heterosexual. They supply information on
events, post stories from site visitors, grant awards, have a bookstore, sponsor
conferences, etc. See: http://www.ifge.org/
The International Journal of Transgenderism is a quarterly journal that "... provides an intellectual forum that stimulates new ways of thinking and understanding various aspects of being transgender."
The National Center for Lesbian Rights has many articles on transgender. See http://www.nclrights.org/ and do a search for transgender.
The National Center for Transgender Equality is "dedicated to
advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration
and empowernment." See: http://transequality.org/
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) has a
section offering support for transgender people and their families. They have a list of other transgender support groups. See: http://community.pflag.org/
The Renaissance Transgender Association has as its mission the
provision of "... the very best comprehensive education and caring support to
transgender individuals and those close to them." They are centered in
Pennsylvania and have chapters in PA and in three other states. See: http://www.ren.org/
Sara's World - transgender life is a personal website by Sara, a transgender woman in Luxenbourg. Her website's goals are to disseminate information and to reduce discrimination. Most of her website is in French. See: http://www.sara.lu/
The Southern Comfort Conference is the largest transgender
conference in North America. It is held annually in late September and/or
early October. It features seminars, vendors, authors, entertainers and
leaders from the entire spectrum of the transgender community. Invited are
transsexuals, cross dressers, spouses, family members, etc. See: http://www.sccatl.org/
The Straight Spouse Network (SSN) "... is an international
organization that provides personal, confidential support and information to
heterosexual spouses/partners, current or former, of gay, lesbian, bisexual or
transgender mates and mixed-orientation couples for constructively resolving
coming-out problems." See: http://www.straightspouse.org/
The Transgender Law and Policy Institute is ".. dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people in our society." They
list legislative and other news items. See: http://www.transgenderlaw.org/
The Transgender Support Site may have been the first site devoted to transgender topics, having been
founded by Melanie Anne in 1994 when there were only a very few thousand web
sites on the Internet. (The WWW now consists of almost 200 million sites.) Her
site describes lessons on developing a truly female voice, a 1,200 page
transition diary, a sex change handbook, and lots of other material. See: http://heartcorps.com/
The Transgender Workplace Diversity Network welcomes "... HR
managers, diversity professionals, lawyers, transgender employees and allies,
and anyone else who would like resources on these issues." See: http://transworkplace.ning.com/ They have a blog, forum and notes concerning transsexuality.
Transsexual Road Map has over 1,600 essays on
transsexualism! They try to help transsexuals "... making informed purchasing
decisions and setting realistic, achievable transition goals." See: http://www.tsroadmap.com/
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)
"...is a professional organization devoted to the understanding and treatment of
Gender Dysphoria." They sponsor biennial symposia and publish
recommended Standards of Care for transsexuals. See: http://www.wpath.org/
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