Selected resources for young women

This list is extremely selective. I don't list any of the personal sites of young women unless I have verified their identity. I don't have time to sort out which ones are the fakes (and there are a lot of fake ones out there!). In addition, many well-meaning young women have misinformation about transition on their sites, so I generally recommend taking advice from the established sites listed on my main links page.

Good books

You probably already know about "Mom, I Need to Be a Girl," but you should also check out From Within by Vicky and "Hidden in Plain Sight" by Leslie Townsend. She began transition in her teens and lived stealth for 18 years before writing her book.

The Transgender Child: This comprehensive first-of-its-kind guidebook explores the unique challenges faced by families raising gender variant and transgender children.

Our Trans Children (PDF: requires reader) is a nice booklet by PFLAG, which can be very helpful to show your family.

Transparent: Love, Family, and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers is a book by Cris Beam about her work with low-income teen transitioners in the Los Angeles area.

Good articles

Excellent information compiled by Lynn Conway on transitioning early in life.

Trans Mission: about kids who are transitioning before adolescence.

Articles on young TSs from the AntiJen site.

Good sites

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PFLAG Transgender Network (TNET) has many great resources for you and your parents. Mary Boenke has a FTM son and founded TNET in 1995. She is also a co-author, with Jessica Xavier and Nancy Sharp, of the popular 16 page introductory booklet, Our Trans Children (en espanol Nuestros/as Hijos/as Trans), which has sold over 13,000 copies. She has just edited a book called Trans Forming Families, which contains 31 essays from family members whose lives were touched by a trans loved one.

If you want to see an example of one of the best moms ever, check out Just Evelyn's site. She helped her daughter begin transitioning at 15. Her book, "Mom, I need to be a girl," and accompanying website have helped many parents understand what you're going through. Check it out!

TransYouth Family Advocates: a great new resource for gender-variant children. Recommended by Just Evelyn herself!

TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation: new advocacy group by parents of transgender children.

Gender Odyssey Family advocacy group by parents of transgender children.

 

Of all the people who strive to help young transitioners, I doubt many do more than Aunt Jenny. Her Antijen pages are a haven for young TSs to share experiences.

From Within is a great memoir written by Vicky when she was 19, about growing up with gender issues and how she got through it all. Very inspirational!

The Youth Resource site has a good article by Richard Haynes on medical issues for young transitioners.

In 2007, German Magazine Spiegel had a profile of a 14-year-old named Kim who was Germany's youngest recorded transitioner. The case led to discussion in many countries about early transition.

TransProud is a newer site that looks like it has potential.

The New York Times had a very uplifting piece in May 2002 about a 13-year-old FTM whose parents and teachers helped him go to school as a boy without the other kids knowing. (You may need to register to view the article. If it's no longer available, contact me and I can send you a copy.)

Letting children express their chosen gender gains further acceptance: another great New York Times piece from 2006.

Jennifer Reitz transitioned in her early twenties back before you were probably even born. She has some great advice on transitioning at her fun and informative site. http://transsexual.org/index.html

Woman's Own Magazine had a feature in June 2004 about Johanna, the youngest German transsexual woman to get state-funded services. A great story to show to your parents. Via Lynn Conway.

Mermaids is a good British site focusing on the needs of young transitioners.

Jayne is one of many young women in their early 20's with cool stuff going on. Be sure to read her article on doubts and watch for her in Transgeneration.

Nika is a cool chick with a nice bulletin board.

LINK: Action Kit for Transgender Youth from Lambda Legal

Several activist groups are working together to address trans health needs from a client perspective. One of the most forward-thinking summaries is US Trans Health Priorities: Eliminating Disparities (PDF: requires reader).

In addition, UK-based GIRES has been doing excellent work in summarizing current research on medical aspects of transsexualism, and addressing the needs of young trans clients.

LINK: A guide by and for young trans people in the UK from the Department of Health

LINK: Developing Consensus Guidelines for Endocrinological Intervention in the Gender Identity Development Treatment of Adolescents

LYRIC has a great list of queer youth organizations around the nation.

Vancouver

LINK: Vancouver Trans Advocacy Group (VanTAG) (vantag.org)

The Vancouver Trans Advocacy Group (VanTAG) is a team of activists advocating the fair recognition of medical needs and human rights of transgendered people in BC. VanTAG's members include transgendered individuals; family members and friends of trans people; and loved ones affected by inequities present in our social systems. Our aim is to facilitate a peaceful and productive conversation between the community and care providers.

LINK: Transgender Health Program Vancouver (vch.ca/transhealth)

Toronto

Do not under any circumstances go to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, aka The Clarke Institute!

Although their site does not have much information, Trans Youth Toronto! is a drop-in in downtown Toronto for transsexual and transgender youth age 26 and under. It's a place to get together, access resources, hop on the internet for free and surf trans-youth websites, get information and referrals, chat about issues relevant to our lives as TS/TG youth, learn with and from each other...The 519 Church Street Community Centre, 519 Church St. Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9 Tel 416_392-6878, extension 104 Fax 416_392-0519

 

Baltimore

Do not under any circumstances go to Johns Hopkins!

Instead, check out GLCCB and the SAIM program.

Baltimore LGBT Task Force

Chicago

TYRA - Trans Youth Resource and Advocacy
A group for transgender and questioning youth to hang out, gain support from peers, and to get informed.
Meets Wednesdays 6:00-8:00pm @ 3179 N. Broadway Youth Center
Contact: Casey Schwartz 773-935-3151 X2 caseys@howardbrown.org
 
Broadway Youth Center,
3179 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657   
773-935-3151
http://www.howardbrown.org/commservices-youth.asp

BYC Services Brochure (attached):
http://www.howardbrown.org/documents/BYClist.pdf

Dr. Rob Garofalo:
http://www.childrensmemorial.org/findadoc/doctor.asp?ID=635

Howard Brown Health Center,
4025 N. Sheridand Road, Chicago, IL 60613   
773-388-1600
http://www.howardbrown.org/

Los Angeles

Check out my list of Los Angeles resources for several great youth-oriented programs.

San Francisco

The Transgender Clinic at Tom Waddell Health Center is a great youth resource.

Dimensions Clinic is a clinic exclusively for young queer/tg people, and it's been around for almost 10 years. They have over 50% trans clients, roughly half MTF and half FTM. It's one of the only clinics in the country that implement a harm reduction model in our work and does not use "gatekeeper" tactics when folks are attempting to receive services.

This emerging trend holds great promise for a new are of self-determination regarding our unique health needs.

Bad sites

Be very careful when corresponding with supposed young trans and gender-variant people online. There are very few real ones out there!

As an example of why young readers need to be extremely careful, there are fake sites that even I fell for, like the now removed Changez Le Monde site.

Check out my pages on fakes, wannabes and internet safety for young people.

Send me your thoughts, links, and advice!

If you transitioned in your teens or twenties and have any advice you'd like to share, please contact me , and I'll give it a permanent (and anonymous) home.