Resources

While there are many wonderful books on all these topics, here we offer online and media resources that can quickly and easily give you good, basic information. NOTE: CLICK ON THE BOLD, BLUE WORDS, at the beginning of each description, to link to the resource.

Recommended Online Resources  

Transgender Terms, Definitions and Proper Usage

A transgender glossary, a 'preferred and problematic' words chart and a list of defamatory words. From GLAAD.
 

Information about Being Transgender or Non-Binary

Frequently Asked Questions about Transgender People. Good, basic information for those seeking to understand transgender people. From the National Center for Transgender Equality.

Transgender People, Gender Identity and Gender Expression. Brief answers to basic questions from the American Psychological Association.

Understanding Non-Binary People: How to Be Respectful and Supportive. Brief, but excellent information from the National Center for Transgender Equality.

A 4-minute video featuring transgender and non-binary people telling their stories. From the National Center for Transgender Equality.

 Gender: The Space Between – video clips from a 30-minute CBS News documentary featuring people who identify as non-binary.

What is Gender?- a 3-minute clip from the National Geographic documentary, The Gender Revolution. Katie Couric interviews the creator of the GenderBread Person and a family with a transgender child, and looks at the biology of gender identity.
 

Transgender Children and Youth

Questions and Answers about transgender children and youth with one of the leading medical experts in the US, Dr. Johanna Olson, medical director of the Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

"Hannah is a Girl. Doctors Finally Treat her Like One." A concise, scholarly opinion piece in the New York Times tracing the positive changes that have taken place in how doctors now treat transgender children.

“Supporting & Caring For Transgender Children” – A comprehensive guide for caregivers of 5-10 year olds, created by the Human Rights Campaign, the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“Schools In Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools” – A comprehensive guide created by the ACLU, Gender Spectrum, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the National Education Association.

"School Officials Agree: Policies Protecting Transgender Student Do Not Compromise the Privacy or Safety of Other Students" - Statements from school officials who actually have trans students in their schools.

Trans Youth Equality Foundation - a national organization providing education, advocacy and support for transgender and gender non-conforming children and youth and their families. Their site also has an extensive list of recommended books.

Gender Spectrum - a national organization providing resources for creating gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.

A 6-minute CBS report on the Whittington family and their young transgender son, Ryland.

"Op-ed: Finally, Some Reliable Research on Trans Kids Like Mine" - One mother's story of learning to support her transgender child.

A 6-minute Australian news clip on a 5-year old transgender girl.

 

The Biology of Gender Identity

Between the (Gender) Lines: the Science of Transgender Identity - An article by a third-year graduate student at Harvard that overviews the research showing biological causes of transgender identity. The article is concise and highly readable, and provides links to the research referenced.

 

Transgender People in the Workplace

Transgender Inclusion is Good for Business - Gabrielle's June 2017 article in the Atlanta Business Chronicle outlining the business case for trans inclusion in the workplace.

Bathroom/Facility Access and Transgender Employees - Official guidelines from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

 

Interfaith Resources

"Transitioning to Inclusion: A Guide to Welcoming Transgender Children and Their Families in Your Community of Faith." From the Pacific School of Religion's Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion.

Gender Identity and Our Faith Communities: A Congregational Guide for Transgender Advocacy - offers unique resources, mainly for Jewish and Christian congregations, including a curriculum, liturgies and moving stories of various transgender people of faith, their friends, families and allies.

Transgender Faithful Incorporate Theology, Ritual in Their Transitions. Article from the Chicago Tribune highlighting the spiritual journeys of transgender individuals from Judeo-Christian traditions.

TransFaith Online offers resources for various spiritual traditions and opportunities to connect online and in-person with persons of different faiths.

Buddhist

Info about Courageous Freedom, Soka Gakkai International-USA’s (SGI-USA) LGBTQ Community. SGI-USA is the most diverse Buddhist community in the US with more than 500 chapters and some 100 centers throughout the country.

TransBuddhists.org – a site developed by a small collective of Buddhist practitioners from different traditions. Includes a blog and Developing Trans* Competence: A Short Guide to Improving Transgender Experiences at Meditation and Retreat Centers.                                                     

Click to preview Linda's book, published by Pilgrim Press, November 2016.

Click to preview Linda's book, published by Pilgrim Press, November 2016.

Christian

Linda's book, "The Bible and the Transgender Experience: How Scripture Supports Gender Variance."  Includes a group discussion guide and suggestions for creating trans welcoming Christian communities.

A Christian Conversation Guide - provides a step-by-step conversation guide for small group discussions on welcoming LGBTQ people, and a list of actions Christian communities can immediately take in their congregation to build inclusive communities.

Also, try Googling the word "transgender" (or LGTB) and the name of your denomination, since many denominations have groups that support transgender individuals.

Hindu

Tritiya-Prakriti: People of the Third Sex. An essay referencing Hindu perspectives on transgender people found at the Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association’s site. GALVA provides information and support for LGBTI Vaishnavas and Hindus.

A brief overview of Hindu views on LGBTQ issues, including links to several progressive Hindu organizations. Compiled by HRC.

Jewish

Making Your Jewish Community Trans-Friendly. A practical guide from Rabbi Elliot Kukla and Reuben Zellman.

TransTorah - Features rituals, prayers, essays, sermons, videos and art from rabbis and Jewish scholars that celebrate and affirm the experiences of trans and genderqueer people. 

Keshet is a national organization that works for full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life. Their site gives viewers the capability to search specifically for excellent trans-related news and content, especially under the Resources tab, on the links to Torah Queeries, TransTexts and LGBTQ Jewish Education Resources.

Muslim
A brief overview of Muslim views on LGBTQ issues, including links to several progressive Muslim organizations in the US. From HRC.

Thorns Among The Roses : A Look into the Life of a Transgender. A 10-minute video on the challenges and successes of Hazreen Shaik Daud, a Muslim trans woman, working in the Malaysian political system. 
 

Spouses of Transgender Individuals

New York Magazine highlights the journeys of wives attempting to navigate their transgender spouses transitions.

Fifteen spouses of transgender individuals talk about their current decisions regarding their relationships.

Chicago couple Ellen and Erica are interviewed about their relationship which has lasted forty plus years.
 

Cross-Dressers

Tri-Ess. An international organization. Tri-Ess is an educational, social and support group for heterosexual cross-dressers, their partners, the spouses of married cross-dressers and their families.

 

Intersex Persons

The American Psychological Association answers questions about persons with intersex conditions. 

An online medical encyclopedia article from the National Institute of Health. It describes the various conditions of being intersex and offers a helpful list of support groups for intersex people.  It also contains links to six other related health topics, such as endocrinology.

Well written, easy to understand information about being intersex, from the advocates at interACT Youth. See the "Intersex 101" brochure which notes that intersex people are as common as natural born redheads, and addresses questions like, "Why have I never heard of intersex people before?" 

What is Intersex? - a 3-minute clip from the National Geographic documentary, The Gender Revolution. Katie Couric discusses the fetal development of intersex persons and learns about the unnecessary surgeries that have been performed on intersex babies.

The archived website of the Intersex Society of North America. While the ISNA closed in 2008 to make way for other organizations, its website is still an extensive and useful collection of information about the intersex condition, with guidelines for parents and others, a faq, and even a teaching kit.

These faqs from Accord Alliance focus upon comprehensive and integrated approaches for health care providers, parents, and persons with various intersex conditions, or Disorders of Sex Development (DSD).

 

Other Helpful Resources

The Genderbread Person. A diagram of the 4 aspects of gender: gender identity, gender expression, biological sex and sexual orientation.

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health's (WPATH) Standards of Care, Version 7for medical and mental health care

Results of the 2015 US Transgender Survey showing societal challenges experienced by trans* people.

Schools In Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools. Created by HRC, NEA and other organizations. 

Georgia TRANS* Resource Guide. A listing of trans* welcoming medical and mental healthcare providers, faith communities, support groups, legal services, etc., in Georgia.

 

The Transgender Experience Across Cultures

Do online research on the following groups: the Hiijra of India, the Fa'afafine of Samoa, the Katoey of Thailand, the Muxe of Mexico, the Mahu of Hawaii and Native American Two-Spirits.

 

Documentaries and TV Series

Netflix has a great documentary series called 9 Months That Made You. In season 1, episode 2, they look at how our biological sex, and then, 8 weeks later, our gender identity, develop in utero. Includes explanations of why people are born intersex and may be born transgender, along with life experiences of people born with intersex conditions, and of a young transgender girl.

National Geographic has done an amazing 2-hour documentary called The Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric. In it, Katie meets with intersex and non-binary people, and transgender individuals of all ages. Scientific evidence and theories surrounding the biological causes of all these realities are also presented.

Amazon Prime has numerous transgender related documentaries and series. We highly recommend Trans – an excellent documentary from 2013 portraying the realities of trans children and trans youth and their families, along with transgender men and women who have come out as adults.

Reality series include I Am Jazz, based on the life of Jazz Jennings, a highly documented transgender youth and I Am Cait, which follows the experiences of Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner. Becoming Us documents the experiences of a teen whose father is transitioning. 

Fictional TV series featuring trans characters include Trans-Parent, Orange is the New Black, Glee, The Bold and the Beautiful and Sense8. In 2016, Faking It introduced television’s first intersex character. In 2017, Showtime introduced TV's first non-binary character on their program, Billions.