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MIT trans-news email list
The trans-news at MIT email list is a moderated list providing MIT/local news, event announcements, and other items of interest to trans people and allies at MIT. Go to http://mailman.mit.edu/mailman/listinfo/trans-news for additional information or to subscribe.

Please note: All of the links posted below are external websites, and may become outdated or nonfunctional. We are not responsible for their content.

Social and Support Groups

Boston Area Trans Support
A peer run support group for young (teen, college-age, and twenty-something) transgender people in the Boston area. It is inclusive of those who are questioning their gender, from MTF to FTM to genderqueer to whatever gender descriptor you prefer. It is for those who are seeking others of similar age for support in realization of one's gender identity, and help with coming-out, transition concerns, and anything else that members wish to bring up. BATS is a LGBTIQ friendly safe space, with confidentiality respected among members.

A group offering support and socialization for the Significant Others, Friends, Family and Allies of FTM (Female To Male) Trans-people.

A New England area female-to-male (FTM) trans support, information, and social group for people assigned female at birth who feel that is not an accurate or complete description of their gender. Meets monthly in Boston.

Tiffany Club of New England
The Tiffany Club's mission is to provide outreach and support and to be active in the Transgender Community. The club is mainly comprised of people on the MTF spectrum. TCNE holds weekly Tuesday meetings at their clubhouse in Waltham, MA. They also sponsor 'You Are Not Alone," an informal support group open to all transgender or questioning people.

Information & Action

The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition
An organization of activists across the state who are committed to ending discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression.

Gender Talk Radio
The leading worldwide weekly radio program that talks about transgenderism in the first person. Presents news, information, and exciting new voices that challenge our traditional view of gender -- and more.


Please note that this links page is not an exhaustive listing of transgender and transsexual websites.

General Trans Information/Organizations
FTM Spectrum
MTF Spectrum
Youth Sites
Legal Information
TG/TS Health Links
Information for Family, Partners, Friends, and Allies

General Trans Information/Organizations

Center for Gender Sanity
Provides information and publications about transitioning at work, for employees, co-workers, and employers. They also have a large links page on gender-related topics.

The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition (GenderPAC) works to end discrimination and violence caused by gender stereotypes by changing public attitudes, educating elected officials and expanding human rights. The web site contains educational materials, youth and parenting resources, workplace fairness information, and other items of interest.

Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign works for equal rights for lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender people. The Transgender section of their website covers work, family, and legal issues. In addition, they have developed two excellent trans-specific resources. Transgender Americans: A Handbook for Understanding is an accessible, comprehensive guide for allies. Coming Out as Transgender covers coming out issues in relation to the workplace, families, and legal issues. Both may be freely downloaded from the HRC website.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has expanded its mission beyond the scope of its implied focus on gay and lesbian issues. The transgender section of the website contains extensive information about transgender civil rights coverage in jurisdictions throughout the United States. The Task Force’s growing attention to transgender issues includes the publications Transgender Equality: A Handbook for Activists and Policymakers and Transitioning Out Shelters: A Guide to Making Homeless Shelters Safe for Transgender People. Access the website to download these publications for free.

TSER: Trans Student Equality Resources
Trans Student Equality Resources, Inc. is a youth-led organization dedicated to improving the educational environment for trans* and gender nonconforming students through our advocacy, affirming that one's gender identity is a valuable form of human diversity. We believe that trans* and gender nonconforming youth should be allowed the same opportunities and respect enjoyed by their peers and that an equal education is a matter of civil rights.

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FTM Spectrum

For Ourseves: Reworking Gender Expression (FORGE)
FORGE is a national education, advocacy and support umbrella organization supporting FTMs (female-to-male transsexuals and transgender people, and others who were assigned female at birth but who have some level of masculine identification) and SOFFAs (Significant Others, Family, Friends and Allies). This site has a lot of good information on its resources page.

FTM International
The largest, longest-running volunteer run educational organization serving FTM transgender people and transsexual men. FTMI provides information, a newsletter and other publications, support, and monthly meetings and special events.

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MTF Spectrum

Lynn Conway's Home Page
Contains an array of informational pages and updated reference links concerning gender identity and gender transition. The site also links to webpages containing photos and "success stories" of over 150 other people who've undergone gender transitions (both MtF and FtM).

TS Roadmap
This site has many helpful items about the transition path, including workplace issues, coming out, legal issues, family, financing medical care, safety, sexuality, and much more. It also has specific information on changing names, drivers licenses, birth certificates, and dealing with insurance that is pertinent to both MTFs and FTMs.

Helen Boyd's page contains a number of online forums for crossdressers, partners, and many other people on the MTF spectrum, including a Partners’ Corner, CD/TV/TG/TS Discussion, Sex & Sensibility, TG News, and TG Events Listings. She also has links to various TG organizations and a recommended reading list.

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Legal Information

Sylvia Rivera Law Project
SRLP works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination or violence. They are based in New York City.

Transgender Law and Policy Institute
TLPI is a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people in our society. The TLPI brings experts and advocates together to work on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality.

Transgender Law Center
The TLC is a civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities. While they are based in California, their web site contains useful documents on a variety of legal issues facing trans people. They also offer the publication Beyond the Binary: A Tool-Kit for Gender Identity Activism in Schools.

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TG/TS Health Links

Trans Health Online Magazine
An online magazine about health and fitness for transsexual and transgender people. Has interesting articles on fitness, transition and specific health needs/conditions, and hormone therapy.

Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association, Inc. (HBIGDA)
The Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association, Inc. (HBIGDA) is a professional organization devoted to the understanding and treatment of gender identity disorders. It develops and publishes Standards of Care for the treatment of gender identity disorders.

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Information for Family, Partners, Friends, and Allies

PFLAG's Transgender Network (TNET)
In 2002, the PFLAG Transgender Network (TNET) became PFLAG's first "Special Affiliate," recognized with the same privileges and responsibilities as PFLAG chapters. TNET is focused specifically on promoting the health and well-being of transgender persons, their families and friends, and provides resources to PFLAG chapters and to the National Office. The site contains various resources for parents, friends, and loved ones of trans people.

TransFamily is a support group for transgender and transsexual people, their parents, partners, children, other family members, friends, and supportive others. They provide referrals, literature, and over-the-phone information on all transgender issues.
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Miscellaneous Links

The International Journal of Transgenderism
The IJT is peer reviewed, published quarterly and updated with new articles during the quarter. IJT welcomes the submission of original scholarly articles on any aspect of transgenderism from within any discipline. Articles submitted are subject to the usual academic processes of anonymous peer review. The journal also occasionally re-publishes previously published articles and books, which are of significant interest, and which may not be readily available.

Trans Academics
Trans-Academics.org is a place where people of all genders can discuss gender theory, the trans community and its various identities, both as a part of the academic world and day-to-day life. Lists current research projects, academic papers, research tools, trans course syllabi.

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