Trans Lifeline – This hotline is for trans people, and its staff and volunteers are all trans, in myriad ways, from different backgrounds. They have answered over 50,000 calls since 2014, and their outreach is only continuing to grow. From their website: “Because of the particularly vulnerable relationship transgender people have with police, it is also the only service in the country with a policy against non-consensual active rescue.” That means that if you call, a volunteer cannot and will not call a responder to your residence unless you are explicitly asking for that. Also, if you want to call and just chat with a fellow trans person about your day or about your cats, you’re more than welcome to do that too! Their number is 877-565-8860 in the U.S. and 877-330-6366 in Canada.
National Alliance on Mental Illness – This is a good place to start for assistance from a mental health standpoint. You can find your local chapter and also you can call their helpline at 800-950-6264.
National Institute of Mental Health – This is more of an informational page as opposed to a place for support. Lots of scientific research and links. You’ll hear this from me again and again: sometimes it feels as though gender dysphoria, anxiety, depression, social anxiety, trauma, PTSD, etc. are interchangeable. It is so important to be able to self-reflect and understand from different perspectives what might be going on.
Neutrois Nonsense – This is Micah’s blog, and it is a great resource for non-binary transition, including but not limited to: Featured Voices, information on low-dose testosterone, personal perspectives, top surgery details, and much more.
Dara Hoffman-Fox – She is a gender therapist who has a plethora of youtube videos out there. Her website states, “Empowering, supporting, and encouraging transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals through education and shared experience.” Lots of good stuff to read up on and videos to watch.
The Gender Unicorn – This page is put together by a coalition called “Trans-Student Educational Resources.” This is a fun, visual exercise to structure discussions of gender. There is also a critique of its precursor, The Genderbread Person (see below).
The Genderbread Person – V-3.3, most recently updated in March of 2015. This is a newer version on the graphic that spawned different ways to talk about people, gender, sexuality, etc. A quote from the creator, Sam Killermann: “Gender is one of those things everyone thinks they understand, but don’t. This tasty little guide is meant to be an appetizer for understanding. It’s okay if you’re hungry for more.”
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