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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 American Civil Liberties Union, LGBT Project
The LGBT Project fights discrimination and moves public opinion on LGBT rights through the courts, legislatures and public education.

Amnesty International Amnesty International GLBT Network
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 Connecticut Outreach Society (COS)
A Hartford-based transgender support group.

Connecticut TransAdvocacy Coalition Connecticut TransAdvocacy Coalition (CTAC)
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 Intersex Society of North America (ISNA)
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 Kindred Spirits
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 Mathew Shepard Foundation
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 Mid Hudson Valley Transgender Association
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)
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 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
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 Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
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 Press For Change
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.

Fantasia Fair Real Life Experience (RLE)
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 Renaissance Transgender Association
Renaissance Transgender Association is a national transgender support and education organization with many chapters in the eastern United States.

River City Gems River City Gems
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 Straight Spouse Network (SSN)
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 Tiffany Club of New England (TCNE)
One of the largest and oldest transgender support group in New England.

TransFamily TransFamily
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 Transgender American Veterans Association
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 And Education Fund Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF)
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 True Colors
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 Transgender Zone
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
A transgender support group from the Springfield, Massachusetts area.

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)
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 (SOC).