Genderpath – Books & Links

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Legal Help

Traveling Tips from National Center for Transgender Equality has published an update on what you need to know
and how the new security measures may impact transgender travelers. You can read the tips HERE for more information on how to be
prepared as well as your rights.

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund
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.

Transgender Law Center (TLC) is a civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities. Every day they connect transgender people and their families to technically sound and culturally competent legal services, increase acceptance and enforcement of laws and policies that support California’s transgender communities, and work to change laws and systems that fail to incorporate the needs and experiences of transgender people.

Get help with:  drivers license and name change; social security card and passport changes; coming out at work; transitioning at work; and health advocacy.


Support, Information and Advocacy

FTM Alliance of Los Angeles, Inc. is a community-based organization dedicated to empowering the female-to-male [FTM] transgendered community,and to increasing the visibility and acceptance of FTMs in Southern California. They provide resources, support, and leadership opportunities to people assigned female at birth or in childhood who no longer feel that label is complete or accurate, as well as our significant others, families, friends, and allies. Through education, advocacy, and activism, they are committed to creating a society where everyone is freeto choose and express their own gender.


Orange County Transgender Coalition
seeks to unite transgender and allied groups fostering greater collaboration to effectively address the physical, emotional, and social needs of the transgender community.

Links to groups for FTM and MTF, endocronologists, therapists, surgeons and vocal coaching.


Affirmative Resources for LGBT People with Disabilities

 Standards of Care

The Harry Benjamin Standards  (WPATH) of Care
These clinical standards are the ethical and clinical guidelines by which most surgeons, endocronologists, and therapists work with transgendered clients. They are standards – and not meant to be rigidly applied. You can discussany question you have regarding these with your provider to learn more about how they approach their work in this area and the criteria they use.  Download Standards here

Information For You and Your Loved Ones

Gender Education and Advocacy (GEA)
is a national organization focused on the needs, issues and concerns of gender variant people in human society.
Choices Counseling & Consulting
Website of author Arlene Istar Lev-Transgender Emergence;  a comprehensive text on the subject of therapy with gender variant people and their families.

Below is an article from her site:

Transgendered People and Their Families by Arlene Istar Lev

 Finding the right Therapist

Dr. Lev also addresses how to find the right gender therapist in the following article: TherapyGuidelines

Recommended Reading: Gender and Families

Gender Identities in A Globalized World  by Ana Marta Gonzalez

Two Spirit People edited by Wesley Thomas

Transforming Families : Real Stories about Transgendered  Loved Ones by Mary Boenke

She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jenny Finney Boylan

Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg

Gender Warriors by Leslie Feinberg

Female Masculinity by Judith Halberstam

Transgender Voices: Beyond Women and Men by Lori Girshick

Gender Outlaw by Kate Bornstein

Becoming a Visible Man by Jamison Green

Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working with Gender Variant People and Their Families by Arlene Istar Lev, LCSW

Labor of Love: The Story of One Man’s Extraordinary Journey by Thomas Beattie

She’s Not The Man I Married by Helen Boyd

The Transgender Child by Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper

Out of the Past: Gay and Lesbian History from 1869 to the Present by Neil Miller

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity
by Julia Serano

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