(Adapted from GLAAD’s Transgender Resources: If you have additional resources to share, please send them to realboymovie (at) gmail (dot) com)

resources for transgender people in crisis

The Trevor Project‘s 24/7 Lifeline at 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386) or Trevor Chat, the Trevor Project’s online messaging service
Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)
Do you live outside the United States? If so, check out The Trevor Project’s list of international resources here.

support for trans people, their families, and allies

Gender Spectrum (support for families, trans youth, and educators)
Gender Diversity (support for families, trans youth, and educators)
Trans Youth Equality Federation (support for families and trans youth)
Trans Youth Family Allies (TYFA) (support for families and trans youth)
PFLAG’s Our Trans Loved Ones (support for families)
PFLAG’s Straight for Equality: Guide to being a trans ally (support for allies)
TransLife Center at Chicago House (support services)
Gender Identity Project at the NYC LGBT Center (support services)
COLAGE’s People with Trans Parents (support for kids of trans parents)
Transgender Care Listings (extensive list of healthcare, social, political, and other resources)

resources based outside the usa

TGEU (Europe: advocacy, research, education)
All About Trans
(UK; media project)
Gendered Intelligence (UK; education & advocacy)
GIRES (UK; research & education)
TranzWiki (UK; support)
Mermaids (UK; support for gender expansive youth and their families)
Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) (Ireland; education & advocacy)
Movimento Identità Transessuale (Italy; advocacy, medical, legal)
Transgender Network Switzerland (Switzerland; advocacy, education)
Gender DynamiX (South Africa; advocacy, education)
YGender (Australia; support & advocacy)
Families Like Mine (a resource from BeyondBlue) (Australia; support for families of gender expansive youth)

issue-specific organizations

TransTech Social Enterprises  (economic empowerment)
L.A. LGBT Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Project  (economic empowerment)
SF Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative  (economic empowerment)  (info about trans athletes)
Transfaith (trans-led organization focused on issues of faith and spirituality)
SPART*A  (advocacy for trans military service members)
Transgender American Veterans Association  (advocacy for trans veterans)

general information and resources

The full “Injustice at Every Turn” report, with breakdowns by race and ethnicity. “Injustice at Every Turn” is a survey of over 6,400 transgender people detailing the discrimination faced by this community.
Our Trans Loved Ones is a resource for friends and family members of transgender and nonbinary people
The Trans 100 is an annual list of 100 amazing and inspiring trans Americans who are visible within their communities.
We Happy Trans is a website devoted to sharing positive stories from trans people everywhere.
TSER, Trans Student Equality Resources, provides trans*-related information on school issues and supports efforts for creating policy change in school districts.
GLSEN’s Safe Space Kit:
MassTPC’s Transgender 101

media resources


PFLAG’s Reading List for Adults
PFLAG’s Reading List for Young Adults
PFLAG’s Reading List for Children
TransCare’s Book List



52 Tuesdays (2014; fiction) 16-year-old Billie’s reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans for gender transition and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons.
Boy Meets Girl (2014; fiction) Ricky, a 21-year-old transgender young woman living in Virginia, dreams of becoming a designer in New York.
By Hook or By Crook (2001; fiction) This innovative Sundance hit spins a tremendously entertaining adventure story about two butch buddies on the streets of San Francisco in search of love and money.
Drunktown’s Finest (2014, fiction) Three young Native Americans – an adopted Christian girl, a rebellious father-to-be, and a promiscuous transsexual – strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation.
Finding Kim (2016; documentary) A Seattle Transgender man begins to embark on his gender transition at 50 years old.
Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger (2014; documentary) Performance artist and writer Kate Bornstein explodes binaries while deconstructing gender—and her own identity.
Kumu Hina (2014; documentary) Imagine a world where a little boy can grow up to be the woman of his dreams, and a young girl can rise to become a leader among men. Welcome to Kumu Hina’s Hawai’i.
Lady Valor
(2014; documentary) Former U.S. Navy SEAL Kristin Beck’s search of the American ideals that she protected have a whole new meaning as she lives her life truthfully as a transgender woman.
Major! (2015; documentary) MAJOR! explores the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated Black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years.
A Place in the Middle (2015; short documentary) The true story of a young girl in Hawaiʻi who dreams of leading the boys-only hula group at her school, and a teacher who empowers her through traditional culture.
Prodigal Sons (2008, documentary) Returning home to a small town in Montana for her high school reunion, filmmaker Kimberly Reed hopes for reconciliation with her long-estranged adopted brother, Marc, but along the way she uncovers stunning revelations.
Red Without Blue (2007; documentary) Identical twins Mark and Alex have always defined themselves in terms of each other, so when Alex decides to undergo a sex change operation, Mark starts to question his own identity.
Southern Comfort (2001; documentary) A Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Winner, Southern Comfort documents the final year in the life of Robert Eads, a female-to-male transsexual.
Transit Havana (2016; documentary) Is Cuba becoming a safe haven for trans people? Transit Havana follows Odette, Juani and Malú as they wait for gender reassignment surgery – performed by European top surgeons and organized by the president’s daughter, Mariela Castro.
Woman on Fire
(2017; documentary) A portrait of Brooke Guinan, the first openly transgender firefighter in New York City.

Transgender Lives: Your Stories is an interactive campaign created byThe New York Times to allow transgender people to tell their own stories in their own words.
I AM: Trans People Speak is a campaign created by the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) and sponsored by GLAAD to raise awareness about the diversity of transgender communities. It lifts the voices of transgender individuals, as well as their families, friends, and allies.


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