Support Groups and Service Organizations
The following is the contact information for various non-profit, not-for-profit, and charitible organizations that provide services
to the transgender community.
Organizations such as these provide a variety of services. Some offer people to talk with who understand
gender issues or are transgender themselves. Other offer legal advice, and others still provide educational activities such as
conferences, seminars, and outreach activities. Of course, all of these organizations are good for networking - to find others in
your area or worldwide who can get you in contact with the right people. Best of all, most of these people are fun to be with.
Most likely, you will make new friends that you will keep forever.
American Civil Liberties Union, LGBT Project http://www.aclu.org/lgbt/
The LGBT Project fights discrimination and moves public opinion on LGBT rights through the courts, legislatures and public education.
Amnesty International GLBT Network www.ai-lgbt.org/
Working to protect human rights worldwide. Gender, like race or sexual orientation, is not acceptable basis on which to imprison people.
COLAGE is a national organization supporting children, youth and adults with LGBT parent(s).
Connecticut Outreach Society (COS) www.ctoutreach.org
A Hartford-based transgender support group.
Connecticut TransAdvocacy Coalition (CTAC) www.transadvocacy.org
The Connecticut TransAdvocacy Coalition [CTAC] mission is to improve, through education, political and social advocacy and activism, societal
attitudes and the law in order to achieve equal rights for the trans and gender non-conforming individuals and communities.
Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) www.isna.org
The Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) is the premier resource for people seeking information and advice about atypical
reproductive anatomies and disorders of sex development.
Kindred Spirits www.trans-spirits.org
Based in the Southern Appalachians near Asheville, North Carolina, Kindred Spirits is the forum to learn and teach in the world of the "two-spirit".
Mathew Shepard Foundation www.MatthewShepard.org
This charitable organization's mission is to support diversity programs in education and to help youth organizations establish environments where
young people can feel safe and be themselves. Their goal is to replace hate with understanding, compassion and acceptance.
Mid Hudson Valley Transgender Association http://www.ren.org/rafil/MHVTA/
The Mid-Hudson Valley Transgender Association's (MHVTA) principal mission is to provide outreach and support for our members, their families,
their friends, and to be active in the Transgender Community and the greater community of the Mid-Hudson Valley, New York. MHVTA is a
non-discriminatory group which is structured to allow participation by all those who support the transgender community.
National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) www.nctequality.org
The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is a 501(c)3 social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through
advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. If you need
help, please dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You will be routed to the closest possible crisis center in your area. With over 120 crisis
centers across the country, their mission is to provide immediate assistance to anyone seeking mental health services. Call for yourself, or someone
you care about. Your call is free and confidential.
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) www.pflag.org
Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG) is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 500
affiliates in the United States. This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced and serviced by the PFLAG national office, located in
Washington, D.C., the national Board of Directors and 13 Regional Directors.
Press For Change www.pfc.org.uk
Press for Change is a political lobbying and educational organisation, which campaigns to achieve equal civil rights and liberties for all trans
people in the United Kingdom, through legislation and social change.
Real Life Experience (RLE) www.fantasiafair.org
Real Life Experience, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is "committed to providing safe space and opportunities for self-exploration
and learning for all members of our diverse community." Each October, they present Fantasia Fair - a week-long event in Provincetown.
Renaissance Transgender Association www.ren.org
Renaissance Transgender Association is a national transgender support and education organization with many chapters in the eastern United States.
River City Gems www.rivercitygems.org
The River City Gems is a Sacramento-based social and support group for crossdressers, their partners, and their families whose mission is to
provide their members opportunities to socialize in a personally affirming, safe, and supportive environment as well as raise awareness of the transgender
community and to promote a positive image to business owners, the media, and the general public.
Straight Spouse Network (SSN) www.straightspouse.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.
Tiffany Club of New England (TCNE) www.tcne.org
One of the largest and oldest transgender support group in New England.
TransFamily is a support group for transgender and transsexual people, their parents, partners, children, other family members,
friends, and supportive others.
Transgender American Veterans Association www.tavausa.org
Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that acts proactively with other concerned gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender (GLBT) organizations to ensure that transgender veterans will receive appropriate care for their medical conditions in accordance with
the Veterans Health Administration’s Customer Service Standards promise to “treat you with courtesy and dignity... as the first class citizen
that you are.”
Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) www.transgenderlegal.org
TLDEF is committed to ending discrimination based upon gender identity and expression and to achieving equality for transgender people through public education,
test-case litigation, direct legal services, community organizing and public policy efforts.
True Colors www.ourtruecolors.org
True Colors works to create a world where youth, adults and families of all sexual orientations and gender identities are valued and affirmed.
We challenge all forms of oppression through education, training, advocacy, youth leadership development, mentoring and direct services to youth
and those responsible for their well-being.
Transgender Zone www.transgenderzone.com/
The Transgender Zone supports those who feel they are confused about their gender, those who are looking for support for someone who
is transgender, and health and social care professionals who want to learn more about the subject.
Unity of the Pioneer Valley groups.yahoo.com/group/unity-of-the-pioneer-valley
A transgender support group from the Springfield, Massachusetts area.
World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) www.wpath.org
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (formerly known as the Harry Benjamin International Gender
Dysphoria Association, Inc. or "HBIGDA") is a professional organization devoted to the understanding and treatment of gender
identity disorders. These are the folks who publish the Harry Benjamin Standards of Care