Resources for Gay and Trans People

The Trevor Project – Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

The Trevor Project Lifeline – 1-866-488-7386. Or text the word Trevor to 1-202-304-1200. Standard text messaging rates apply. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

The “It Gets Better” Project – ItGetsBetter.org is a place where young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender can see how love and happiness can be a reality in their future.  It’s a place where our straight allies can visit and support their friends and family members.  It’s a place where people can share their stories, take the It Gets Better Project pledge and watch videos of love and support.

Born This Way – A photo/essay project for LGBTQ adults (of all genders) to submit childhood pictures and stories (roughly ages 2 to 12), reflecting the memories and early beginnings of their innate selves. See how nurture allows what nature endows – and it’s their nature, their truth! (And personally, this blog got me through a lot of tough nights)

Suicide Prevention Line – 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Again…Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

and answers…

GLSEN – At GLSEN, we want every student, in every school, to be valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We believe that all students deserve a safe and affirming school environment where they can learn and grow.

GSANetwork – Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a national youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other and community resources through peer support, leadership development, and training.

PFLAG – Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization. Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and full societal affirmation of LGBTQ people through its threefold mission of support, education, and advocacy.

NOH8 – While inspired by the passage of Prop 8, the scope of the NOH8 Campaign has grown to stand against discrimination and bullying of all kinds. The message of ‘No Hate’ can be interpreted and applied broadly, and speaks to each person in their own way.

A NY Times blog article about transgender issues – this provider a bt of information that may help you or the people around you figure things out.

A Wiki-How Article that gives a surprising amount of information about the steps involved in transitioning FTM. It actually helped me a great deal figure out how to get my feet under me.

And a similar Wiki-How article about transitioning from MTF for the ladies out there. I can’t personally attest to whether this one is as good as the FTM one, but it seems to be on the up and up.

Lambda Legal’s Guide to Changing Your Birth Certificate Gender – This one’s less useful for me; my birth certificate is not issued by a state…. it’s military-issued certificate of birth abroad, but a good resource for you ladies and gents with state-issued certificates

Document Amendments: Consular Report of Birth Abroad – A blog post of mine explaining how I updated my Consular Report of Birth Abroad, (FS-545; FS-240), including wording for the required affidavit of changes.

Transequality.org’s listing of driver’s licence change policies by state. Crazy useful; great info all summed up nicely for those of you struggling to figure out how to change your IDs.

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