QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT TRANS-INDIVIDUALS AND PROVIDER RESOURCES:
Transgender is an umbrella term used to describe people whose gender identity (sense of themselves as male or female) or gender expression differs from that usually associated with their birth sex. Many transgender people live part-time or full-time as members of the other gender. Broadly speaking, anyone whose identity, appearance, or behavior falls outside of conventional gender norms can be described as transgender. However, not everyone whose appearance or behavior is gender-atypical will identify as a transgender person.
A variety of conditions that lead to atypical development of physical sex characteristics are collectively referred to as intersex conditions. These conditions can involve abnormalities of the external genitals, internal reproductive organs, sex chromosomes, or sex-related hormones. Intersex was originally a medical term that was later embraced by some intersex persons. Many experts and persons with intersex conditions have recently recommended adopting the term disorders of sex development (DSD). They feel that this term is more accurate and less stigmatizing than the term intersex.
At the completion of this module, the participant will understand the diagnosis and elements of treatment of transgenderism and Gender Identity Disorder (GID).
This document contains suggested competencies for use in counseling with transgender
clients. These competencies are geared toward professionally trained counselors who work with transgender individuals, families, groups, or communities.
The Transgender Aging Network (TAN) exists to improve the lives of current and future trans/SOFFA (significant others, friends, family and allies) elders by: Identifying, promoting communication among, and enhancing the work of researchers, service providers, educators, advocates, elders and others who are interested in trans/SOFFA aging issues; Promoting awareness of concerns, issues, and realities of trans/SOFFA aging among service providers, researchers, advocates, health care professionals, the lesbian/gay/bisexual and trans communities, and other relevant audiences; Advocating for policy changes in public and private institutions, services, organizations, programs, etc. to provide better access for and respectful and appropriate treatment of trans/SOFFA elders; and Providing communication channels through which trans/SOFFA elders can give and receive support and information.
TransHaven was formed in June of 2009 to meet the under-served advocacy needs that of the Missouri Transgender Community. There are many areas in which transgender individuals in the community may experience discrimination. But in evaluating this list, there are three overarching themes that emerge. To be truly inclusive, barriers need to be broken down, quantified as Access, Safety, and Respect.
RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES OF TRANS-PEOPLE:
In a simple, straightforward manner, Gender Spectrum provides consultation, training and events designed to help families, educators, professionals, and organizations understand and address the concepts of gender identity and expression. Our accessible, practical approach is based on research and experience, enabling our clients to gain a deeper understanding of gender all along the spectrum. We present an overview of how society currently defines gender and how these restrictive definitions can be detrimental to those who do not fit neatly into these categories. We then help you identify and remove the obstacles so all are free to be our authentic selves.
The Center for Gender Sanity assists with all aspects of transition in the workplace. We consult with employers and HR professionals to guide them through an employee’s change to a different gender presentation. We offer diversity training specifically on transgender issues for all levels of management and workers.
While PFLAG provides support, education, and advocacy for the whole LGBT community, PFLAG’s Transgender Network – or TNET – specifically focuses on support for transgender people and their parents, families, and friends. It provides education on some issues unique to the transgender community, and focuses on issue advocacy to ensure equal rights for the transgender community at local and national levels.
PFLAG has been officially transgender inclusive since 1998, and more and more trans folks and their families are turning to us for information, understanding and support. Certainly, trans families need PFLAG at least as much as gay, lesbian and bisexual families, since they have fewer resources and much more complex issues. We in PFLAG take pride in being welcoming, loving, growing persons, unafraid to walk where our commitment takes us. It is in this spirit that PFLAG’s Transgender Network presents this new edition.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR PROVIDERS:
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), formerly known as the (Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association, HBIGDA), is a professional organization devoted to the understanding and treatment of gender identity disorders. WPATH Mission Statement. As an international multidisciplinary professional Association the mission of WPATH is to promote evidence based care, education, research, advocacy, public policy and respect in transgender health.
Prejudice directed against any group is damaging to the social, emotional, and economic well-being of the affected group and of society as a whole. Therefore, social workers internationally and in the U.S. advocate that all individuals, regardless of gender, sex, or sexual orientation are entitled to equal opportunities and are afforded the basic human right to live free of discrimination. Furthermore, NASW is committed to advancing policies and practices that will improve the status and equality of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
IFGE promotes acceptance for transgender people. We advocate for freedom of gender expression and promote the understanding and acceptance of All People: Transgender, Cis-gender, Transsexual, Crossdresser, Agender, Gender Queer, Intersex, Two Spirit, Hijra, Kathoey, Drag King, Drag Queen, Queer, Lesbian, Gay, Straight, Butch, Femme, Faerie, Homosexual, Bisexual, Heterosexual, and of course – You!
AEGIS is now a part of Gender Education and Advocacy (GEA). The American Educational Gender Information Service, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit clearinghouse for information about transgender and transsexual issues. We publish the journal Chrysalis: The Journal of Transgressive Gender Identities; AEGIS.
HATE CRIMES AND VIOLENCE AGAINST TRANSGENDER PEOPLE:
Transgender Day of Remembrance – November 20th is recognized as the national Transgender Day of Remembrance – an opportunity for communities to come together and mark the passing of transgender or those perceived to be transgender individuals who have been murdered because of hate. Transgender Day of Remembrance provides a forum for transgender communities and allies to raise awareness of the threat of violence faced by gender variant people and the persistence of prejudice felt by the transgender community. Communities organize events and activities including town hall style “teach-ins,” photography and poetry exhibits, and candlelit vigils. These activities make anti-transgender violence visible to stakeholders like police, the media and elected officials.
The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence.
A thoughtful manual for parents and caregivers of transgender children, written by Stephanie Brill and Racel Pepper, gender therapists.
According to the American Psychological Association, “Transgender is an umbrella term used to describe people whose gender identity (sense of themselves as male or female) or gender expression differs from that usually associated with their birth sex. Many transgender people live part-time or full-time as members of the other gender. Broadly speaking, anyone whose identity, appearance, or behavior falls outside of conventional gender norms can be described as transgender. However, not everyone whose appearance or behavior is gender-atypical will identify as a transgender person”…. Click here to Read the APA Article.