Transgender Resources

UC and Campus-Specific Resources

Education & Information

Los Angeles Community Organizations

Higher Education Resources

Mental Health Resources

Medical/Physical Health Resources

Advocacy Organizations
Faith-Related Resources

Legal Services (Including Name Change)

Relationship & Family Resources

Job Seeking Resources

Competency

UC and Campus-Specific Resources

Campus Support

TransUP:
UCLA’s Transgender and genderqueer‐centered group that focuses on finding social equality through discussions and advocacy.  To learn more, please email transuclapride@gmail.com.

Medical Services & UC SHIP Coverage

All UC campuses offer the same benefits for trans* students, including, doctor visits, travel and procedures. Hormones are covered under the prescription plan and counseling is provided by the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) office.

For more specific information regarding insurance, please read the UC SHIP Benefit Booklet or contact Barbara Rabinowitz, Student Insurance Manager at the Ashe Student Health Center. She can be reached at (310) 825-3416 or brabinowitz@ashe.ucla.edu.

UC Employee Benefits

As of July 1, 2005, UC’s employee insurers (with the exception of Western Health Advantage, which insures relatively few UC employees) began offering coverage of certain transgender-related surgical needs. While print materials regarding the coverage are not yet available, UC employees and their covered family members should feel free to call their insurer’s member services department with questions about the coverage, since the insurers indicate they have trained their customer services staff in this regard. Should they have additional questions, employees are encouraged to call the UCOP staff member who helped negotiate the coverage: Joan Manning, 510-987-0746. UC health insurers for employees also offer hormone therapy and psychological counseling. 

For more information, please visit the University of California Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Association.

Mental Health Services

UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS):

In addition to individual services, CAPS provides a range of programs to promote mental health, emotional resilience and wellness throughout the campus community. Appointments can be made in person or over the phone by calling (310)825-0768.

To meet with a counselor, please schedule a 15 minute screening appointment and ask for a therapist who specializes in gender identity concerns.  Alternatively, you can contact the following counselors directly to set up an appointment:

  • Amanda di Bartolomeo - adibartolomeo@caps.ucla.edu
  • Saeromi Kim - skim@caps.ucla.edu
  • Dee Chappelear - dchappelear@caps.ucla.edu

Gender Identity Spectrum Support Group

The gender identity spectrum support group welcomes students who are exploring and/or identify ans transgender, gender fluid, and gender nonconforming in their identity and expression.  Relevant issues to be addressed include:

  • challenges around coming out
  • negotiating gendered environments
  • establishing identity-affirming relationships
  • coping with gender binary norms
  • accessing health and social services supportive of transgender people
  • addressing issues related to the transitioning process

If interested or if you have questions, please contact Saeromi Kim, Ph.D. at CAPS at (310) 825-0768 or email skim@caps.ucla.edu

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Education & Information


Trans 101:

Terminology and Frequently Asked Questions

I Think I Might Be Transgender, Now What Do I Do?

Coming Out as a Transgender Person:
This workbook is designed to assist in your journey of coming out to family and friends as a transgender person. This material is not intended to be an exhaustive resource, but a review of current information and suggestions, as well as a series of organized to help you navigate this journey.

Pronoun Dressing Room:
Pick your pronouns and try them on.

Gender Neutral Restrooms:

UCLA Campus Map of Gender Neutral Restrooms

Refuge Restrooms:
REFUGE seeks to provide safe restroom access for transgender, intersex, and gender non-confirming individuals. When the Safe2Pee website passed out of functionality, it left a hole. Refuge seeks to, once again, provide a valuable resource for trans and queer individuals who find themselves in need of a safe restroom to use.

Learning Trans:

Learning Trans is a project, the goal of which is to produce, and to highlight trans community-produced knowledge.

We Happy Trans*:

A web and video series that provides space for sharing positive trans experiences. We Happy Trans* welcomes stories and input from the community.

Project TMOC:

Youtube video channel of 14 Transgender Men of Color of all different ages, from all different walks of life sharing their experiences and opinions living as Men of Color during their Transitions.

International Foundation for Gender Education:

IFGE promotes acceptance for transgender people. We advocate for freedom of gender expression and promote the understanding and acceptance of All People: Transgender, Cis-gender, Transsexual, Crossdresser, Agender, Gender Queer, Intersex, Two Spirit, Hijra, Kathoey, Drag King, Drag Queen, Queer, Lesbian, Gay, Straight, Butch, Femme, Faerie, Homosexual, Bisexual, Heterosexual, and of course - You!


FTM International:

The Voice of FTMs throughout the world. FTM International and cognate groups have represented FTMs at numerous events worldwide, informing and educating diverse communities about our lives.

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Higher Education Resources

TONI Project:

The Transgender On-campus Nondiscrimination Information (TONI) Project is the first-of-its-kind space for students to share college and university policies important to transgender people, and organize for policy change on campus.

Trans-Academics.org:

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. The listserv is not currently active, but there is an archive of information.

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Los Angeles Community Organizations

FTM Alliance of Los Angeles:

A community-based organization dedicated to empowering the female-to-male [FTM] transgender community, and to increasing the visibility and acceptance of FTMs in Southern California.

Gender Justice LA:

A Los Angeles based non-profit organization working to build the collective power of the transgender community. We operate several programs, including a campaign for affordable quality healthcare, advocacy and education, and community wellness programs.

TransSolidarity:
Building solidarity among transgender and gender queer people, partners, parents, families, and allies in Los Angeles.

LA Gay & Lesbian Center:

The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s broad array of services for the entire LGBT community includes many programs developed specifically to meet the needs of both MTF (male-to-female) and FTM (female-to-male) transgender people, including job seeking, support groups, and legal services.

Lifeworks:

LifeWorks is the youth development and mentoring program of the LA Gay & Lesbian Center. We offer one on one, peer, and group mentoring opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth ages 12-24. Our goal is to help LGBTQ youth to realize their goals and dreams with a safe space, positive and affirming role models, and workshops & activities that are fun and educational.

South Bay Center:

The Lesbian, Gay, Bi & Transgender Community Organization is to provide a focal point for the members of our community in the South Bay for education, social interaction, personal growth, and political power, and to foster public understanding of our community.

SoCal Queer Events:

The goal of this site is to serve the queer, gender diverse, trans community and spread the word about public events in Southern California. These include social gatherings, political action, drag shows, support groups, and just about anything safe & open.

Trans* Athlete:
Trans* Athlete is a resource for students, athletes, coaches, and adminstrators to find information about trans* inclusion in athletics at various levels of play.

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Mental Health Resources

UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS):

In addition to individual services, CAPS provides a range of programs to promote mental health, emotional resilience and wellness throughout the campus community. Our 24-hour telephone access line (310-825-0768) allows students, parents and other members of our campus community to receive counseling and consultation in the use of CAPS’s many offerings. Appointments can be made in person or over the phone. Additionally, CAPS offers a Gender Identity Spectrum Support Group--if you are interested please contact Dr. Saeromi Kim at skim@caps.ucla.edu.

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone. If you are a youth who is feeling alone, confused or in crisis, please call The Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386 for immediate help.

Los Angeles Gender Center:

The Los Angeles Gender Center provides an environment of safety, support, and understanding for exploring gender and sexuality. We are eight experienced therapists who specialize in gender identity, transgender, gender expression, sexual orientation, sexuality, relationships, and intimacy. We assist adults, adolescents, children, and their families with facing the challenges and embracing the enrichment of exploring gender and sexuality.

LA Gay & Lesbian Center:

The LA Gay & Lesbian Center provides sliding scale individual and group counseling. Transgender Perceptions is the peer-led, drop-in conversation group for men and women across the gender spectrum.  Common topics include coming out, the effects of hormone treatments, the emotional aspects of coming out, and what it can be like to be transgender in the workplace.) 

FTM Alliance Strong Minds:

FTM Alliance has a list of Southern California based therapists they update fairly regularly.

Additionally, they have two peer support groups that meet regularly (check the calendar for the next date or contact info@ftmalliance.org):

GUYS CHAT (meets on the third Sunday of every month at Plummer Park Community Center)--The Guys Chat is open to anyone assigned female at birth or in childhood who no longer feels that label is complete or accurate. (In other words…if you self-identify as trans, genderqueer, or if you are questioning, you’re welcome to attend!) Please do not bring friends or significant others to this meeting.

LOTS MEETING (meets on the third Sunday of every month at Plummer Park Community Center)--LOTS is a supportive space for partners, parents, friends, allies and others in relations with trans/genderqueer folks.

 

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Medical/Physical Health Resources

Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center (ASHE):

The Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center provides comprehensive medical care for all registered UCLA students. We are committed to creating a nurturing and non-judgmental environment for all of our patients. We will coordinate care for our transgender students at any stage of their journey. Appointments can be scheduled through the patient portal, or by calling the center at 310-825-4073. Students enrolled in UC SHIP (the UC Student Health Insurance Plan) should verify the details of their insurance coverage by speaking with someone in the insurance department, or emailing insurshs@ashe.ucla.edu.

LA Gay & Lesbian Center:

The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center provides a welcoming and accepting environment where you are free to be yourself. Dr. Maddie Deutsch, a leading expert in transgender health care, heads the Center’s Transgender Health Program, which provides comprehensive primary health care as well as trans-specific services.

Dr. Johanna Olson, Childrens’ Hospital Los Angeles:

Johanna Olson, MD is an Adolescent Medicine physician specializing in the care of transgender youth, gender variant children, youth with HIV, and chronic pain. 

Trans-Health:

A website that provides information on health and fitness for transgender and transsexual people.

TransGenderCare:

TransGenderCare contains a large archive of health information written and compiled from years of directly providing medical, psychological, electrology, and general health services to generations of transgender folk.

FTM Alliance Strong Bodies:

Guides on Medical Transition, health guides on HIV prevention and PAP tests, list of Southern California based Primary Care Providers & Endocrinologists, and names of surgeons, prosthetics businesses, menswear businesses.

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Religious Resources

The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry:
The CLGS Transgender Religious Roundtable testifies to the transfigurational power of spirituality and nurture the full thriving and dignity of people of all genders.

Transfaith:
Transfaith is a national non-profit that is led by transgender people and focused on issues of faith and spirituality. We work closely with many allied organizations, secular, spirituality and religious, transgender-led and otherwise.

Advocacy Organizations

Advocates for Youth:
Advocates for Youth champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health.

Gender Justice LA:

Gender Justice LA is building a strong grassroots multi-racial coalition of transgender people and allies to advocate for our rights, win concrete improvements in our lives, and challenge oppression.

Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico:
The Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico provides a wide range of support and educational services to trans people and their allies in New Mexico and beyond. Our services range from support groups to a speakers' bureau, to educational programs for medical and social service providers.

Trans People of Color Coalition:

Trans People of Color Coalition (TPOCC) is the only national social justice organization that promotes the interest of Trans People of Color. TPOCC is an organization to inspire and nurture collaboration among communities of color dedicated to anti-racism and fighting transphobia and the empowerment of transgender persons of color. We work to strengthen and mobilize individuals, families, and communities by changing laws, educating the public, and building social and economic strength among all persons of color. Find out more on their Facebook page.

Transgender Law and Policy Institute (TLPI):

The TLPI brings experts and advocates together to work on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality.

The Brown Boi Project:

A community of masculine of center womyn, men, two-spirit people, transmen, and allies committed to transforming our privilege of masculinity, gender, and race into tools for achieving Racial and Gender Justice. The Brown Boi Project Leadership Retreats are designed for young leaders (35 and under) that have fewer than 7 years of experience in their field and are looking to reinforce their potential with a strong foundation of skills and self-awareness. To apply please join our email list serv.

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD):

GLAAD advocates for positive stories about transgender Americans in the news and on television programs. GLAAD also helps transgender people and allies across the country share their stories in their local communities. 

 

International Transgender Day of Remembrance:

The Transgender Day of Remembrance, which takes place in November, raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgendered people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgendered people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. It gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence. For more info please visit the Facebook page.

National Center for Transgender Equality:

The National Center for Transgender Equality is a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people. By empowering transgender people and our allies to educate and influence policymakers and others, NCTE facilitates a strong and clear voice for transgender equality in our nation's capital and around the country.

Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey:

The National Transgender Discrimination Survey, co-commissioned by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality, is the most extensive survey of transgender discrimination ever undertaken. The report contains detailed information about the discrimination faced by transgender people. They have also done a thorough analysis in three separate reports focusing on the issues and needs of African American, Latino, and Asian Pacific Islander respondents.

World Professional Association for Transgender Health:
As an international multidisciplinary profession Association the mission of The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) is to promote evidence based care, education, research, advocacy, public policy and respect in transgender health.

National Center for Transgender Equality:
The National Center for Transgender Eqaulity (NCTE) is a 501(c)3 social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment

International Foundation for Gender Education:
IFGE promotes acceptance for transgender people. We advocate for freedom of gender expression and promote the understanding and acceptance of All People.

The Gender Education & Advocacy Website:
GEA is a national organization focused on the needs, issues and concerns of gender variant people in human society. We seek to educate and advocate, not only for ourselves and others like us, but for all of its many forms. We also are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in Georgia.

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Legal Services

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.

National Center for Transgender Equality:
The NCTE is a 501(c)3 social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.

Transgender Law Center:

Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.

Transgender Law & 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.

Sylvia Rivera Law Project:

We provide legal services, such as advice, direct representation, and referral to other service providers - free of charge, on issues impacting transgender, gender non-conforming people, and intersex people.

CA Trans Law 101

Protecting the Rights of Transgender Parents and their Children

A guide for parents and lawyers that provides information to help protect parent-child relationships and assist them when faced with disputes over child custody issues.

Applying for Asylum based on Gender Identity Persecution

Legal Name Change Process for California

Court-Ordered Name Change:

  1. Fill out court forms (Form NC-100NC-110NC-120NC-130, and CM-010).
  2. Make at least two copies of all your forms. 
  3. File your forms with the court clerk.  You will need to pay a filing fee ($395 in LA County, as of April 2012).  To find your local courthouse, visit  http://www.courts.ca.gov/find-my-court.htm.  Fee waivers are available: http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-feewaiver.htm.  You will be assigned a court date to appear before a judge.
  4. Publish the Order to Show Cause for Change of Name (NC-120).  This must be posted in a newspaper for four consecutive weeks before your court date.  Ask your court for a list of approved publications.  The cost of publication can vary greatly among the various approved newspapers, so be sure to check the prices before submitting Form NC-120 to the courthouse.
  5. Attend your court date.  Bring a copy of Form NC-130 for the judge to sign, as well as proof that your Order to Show Cause was published in the newspaper.
  6. Get your Decree Changing Name from the Court.  It is advisable to get at least one or two certified copies.  You can use this to change your name on your birth certificate, Social Security card, and other government-issued identification.

Social Security

California Driver's License
California Birth Certificate

United States Passport

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Relationship & Family Resources

TransOriented:
Transoriented.com has been established to provide an information resource and support group for men who have a sexual and emotional orientation towards transwomen. It also aims to humanize transoriented men in the public eye and to help family members and friends of transoriented men to get a better understanding of what it means to be transoriented.

TransYouth Family Allies:
TYFA empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected. We envision a society free of suicide and violence in which ALL children are respected and celebrated.

Transgender Network (TNET):

PFLAG's Transgender Network (TNET) includes contacts and regional coordinators for all of our chapters around the country. Their primary mission is to educate our members and allies about transgender issues – including those parents and significant others experiencing the coming out of a loved one as transgender.

Gender Spectrum:

Gender Spectrum provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens.

Kids of Transgender People (COLAGE):

COLAGE is a national movement of children, youth, and adults with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) parent/s. We build community and work toward social justice through youth empowerment, leadership development, education, and advocacy.

TMates Of Color:

Partners of FTM's of Color share their experiences and opinions in loving their partner during their transition while also recognizing their own journey.

LOTS MEETING (meets on the third Sunday of every month at Plummer Park Community Center)--LOTS is a supportive space for partners, parents, friends, allies and others in relations with trans/genderqueer folks.

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Job Seeking

LA Gay & Lesbian Center Transgender Economic Empowerment Project:

Whether you want to find a job, brush up your job skills or educate co-workers about the transitioning process, the Center has the resources you need to thrive in the workplace.

FAQ’s for Transgender Job Seekers

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Competency

World Professional Association for Transgender Health:

As an international multidisciplinary professional Association the mission of WPATH is to promote evidence based care, education, research, advocacy, public policy and respect in transgender health.