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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Please note: All of the links posted below are external websites, and may become outdated or nonfunctional.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.


Local Social and Support Groups

Boston Area Trans* Support
groups.yahoo.com/group/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.

Compass
www.compassftm.org
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
www.tcne.org
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.

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Local Information & Action

The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition
www.masstpc.org
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
http://www.gendertalk.com
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.

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General Trans* Information/Organizations

Center for Gender Sanity
www.gendersanity.com
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.

GenderPAC
www.truechild.org
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
www.hrc.org
The Human Rights Campaign works for equal rights for lesbian, bisexual, gay, and trans* people. The trans* 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
www.thetaskforce.org
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has expanded its mission beyond the scope of its implied focus on gay and lesbian issues. The trans* section of the website contains extensive information about trans* civil rights coverage in jurisdictions throughout the United States. The Task Force’s growing attention to trans* 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
www.transstudent.org/mission
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.

National Center for Transgender Equality
transequality.org/index.html
The NCTE advances the equality of trans* people through advocacy, collaboration, and empowerment.

Gender Odyssey
www.genderodyssey.org
Gender Odyssey is an international conference that focuses on the needs and interests of transgender and gender-nonconforming people.

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FTM Spectrum

For Ourseves: Reworking Gender Expression (FORGE)
www.forge-forward.org
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
www.ftmi.org
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
ai.eecs.umich.edu/people/conway/conway.html
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
www.tsroadmap.com
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.

(En)gender
www.myhusbandbetty.com
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
www.srlp.org
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
www.transgenderlaw.org
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
www.transgenderlawcenter.org
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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Trans* Health Links

Trans Health Online Magazine
www.trans-health.com
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.

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)
www.wpath.org/site_home.cfm
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) promotes evidence based care, education, research, advocacy, public policy and respect in transgender health.

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Information for Family, Partners, Friends, and Allies

PFLAG Transgender Support
community.pflag.org/transgender
PFLAG is an organization for families, friends, and other allies of LBGTQ people. This page has links to various resources for trans* youth and their families.

TransFamily
www.transfamily.org
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

Trans Academics
www.trans-academics.org
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. Note: This is an archived site.

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Trans* is an umbrella term which describes people whose gender identities and expressions are not fully defined by the gender they were assigned at birth. Trans* people may identify as one, none, or with several of the following gender-related identities: Agender, androgyne, bigender, gender fluid, genderfree, genderless, genderqueer, intergender, multigender, neutral, neutrois, nonbinary, third gender, trans*, transgender, transsexual, trans man, trans woman, and two-spirit, among others.

 

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