Resources for Allies and Loved Ones

Indiana Resources

GEKCO – Gender Expansive Kids – Central Indiana
GEKCO is a confidential support group for gender expansive children ages 12 and under and their families. Social, educational and informational opportunities for transgender and gender fluid kids and their families. Parents have a chance to get to know one another and share concerns, information and encouragement. We invite speakers to address specific issues of interest.

Indianapolis PFLAG
PFLAG is a nonprofit organization that aims to provide Support, Education and Advocacy to families, friends, allies, and LGBT people.

Other Resources

Parents of Transgender Children (private Facebook group)

Gender Diversity Support Groups (Seattle area, virtual support coming soon)

PFLAG: “Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.” Contact them to find out about chapters in your area.

Coming Out Help for Families and Friends by PFLAG

Do’s and Dont’s for Families and Friends by PFLAG

Family Links and Resources by TS Roadmap

FAQ and Resources for Parents by TransYouth Family Allies (TYFA)

Gender Spectrum FAQ

Significant Others tag at Neutrois.me

Gender Non-Binary Resources

Nonbinary.org Wiki
Nonbinary.org is a nonbinary gender visibility, education and advocacy network, arguing for equal access to employment, services and medical treatment for those who don’t fit the gender binary.This wiki is a community edited site collecting information and resources about all aspects of gender outside the binary.

Neutrois Nonsense
An intimate exploration of identity and finding life wisdom beyond the gender binary. Micah’s personal blog, but a wonderful resource exploring gender non-binary subjects and ideas. A must-read resource for anyone who is interested in gender-diverse subjectmatter.

Life Outside the Binary
Tumblr examining non-binary identities

Genderqueer Identities
Group blog by several folks on genderqueer identities.

Beyond the Binary UK
UK based magazine for gender non-binary folks

On Partial Transition and/or Transitioning without Identifying as Male by Art of Transliness

5 Myths About Non-Binary Transition by Micah

Transbucket – Surgery Results Photos

Transbucket is a website where trans men, trans women and gender non-binary folks who have had transition-related surgeries (also known as sex reassignment surgery, gender reassignment surgery (GRS), genital reconstruction surgery, sex affirmation surgery, gender confirmation surgery, sex realignment surgery) can post pictures of their results, along with before pictures, information about the doctor who performed their surgery, and reviews of how the procedure went. Different surgeons have different styles and results, so seeing after photos can help decide if the surgeon you are considering is the right one for you. You must register to use the site with a valid email; no anonymous browsing is allowed.

Gender Warriors in Evansville have created a handy map of surgeons who perform transition-related surgeries around the world. Using those tools together along with other research can help you make educated decisions.

This is in no way an endorsement of any surgeon. It is in your best interest to research any surgeon, seek out customer reviews, ask questions, get referrals from others who have used specific surgeons, etc. Surgery is a major decision, make sure you are confident in the surgeon you choose.

Therapist Questionnaire

Here’s an example of a form one of our members used in his quest to find decent service providers. Feel free to copy this and send it to potential doctors or use the questions as a guide when interviewing your doctors. Remember, it’s your journey. You get to choose who accompanies you on it!

THERAPIST QUESTIONNAIRE

YOUR NAME: ____________________________

DATE: _____________

Please answer ALL questions. If you already have a pre-existing document that addresses some or all of the questions below, you can substitute that document in lieu of fully completing this form provided that (1) you indicate which questions are addressed by the document and (2) the combination of this questionnaire and the document completely address ALL of the questions listed. Please attach additional pages as necessary.

How long have you been a practicing therapist?

Do you have a degree or license to practice therapy?

What do you consider to be your area of expertise?

What is your hourly rate? How long are your session times?

Do you offer a “sliding fee scale?” If so, under what circumstances?

Are you a member of any Preferred Provider Network? If so, which?

Are you practices consistent with the WPATH Standards of Care (SOC) version 7?

Do you understand how they changed in 2011?

Have you ever counseled any transgender clients?

If so, how many? How many were assigned female at birth or assigned male at birth?

On average, how long were your transgender clients in a therapist-clients therapeutic relationship with you?

Have you ever diagnosed anyone with Gender Dysphoria? If yes, how many times?

Do you write referral letters to medical doctors who provide HRT?

Do you write referral letters to medical doctors who provide transition-related surgeries?

Do you treat transgender youth or children?

Do you consider yourself a qualified “clinical behavioral scientist” as that term is defined under the WPATH Standards of Care (SOC) version 7? If so, please state why you feel you are qualified.

What is your professional opinion of people who feel they are transgender? What is your personal opinion?

Please list any comments you may have here:

Thank you for completing this questionnaire. Please return it using the enclosed envelope to:

Name

Address

Conferences

Gender Odyssey (FTM) — Seattle, Washington

Gender Odyssey’s conference programming is focused on the needs and interests of transgender and gender non-conforming people from across North America and around the world. Gender Odyssey is a place where we can gather together, learn from one another, and celebrate our growing communities. By creating a place where we can share our collective experience, Gender Odyssey’s primary objective is to offer tools to navigate obstacles and provide pathways to individual and community empowerment.

Southern Comfort Conference

Vendors, authors, entertainers and leaders from the entire spectrum of the transgender community will be in sunny Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to create a 4-day symposium full of learning, networking and fun just for you! This year’s conference is packed with seminars, on-site activities as well as several planned trips away from the resort & spa that you are sure to enjoy. There is something for everyone at SCC. As always, the seminar schedule reflects Southern Comfort’s commitment to serve the diverse needs of our community.

Trans-Health Conference

The mission of the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference (PTHC) is to educate and empower trans* individuals on issues of health and well-being; educate and inform allies and health service providers; and facilitate networking, community-building, and systemic change. We strive to create an accessible and respectful environment that is inclusive of diverse gender-identities and expressions as well as inclusive of diverse opinions and ideas.

Forge Forward (FTM) — Wisconsin

FORGE was founded in 1994 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to provide peer support primarily to those on the female-to-male (FTM) gender spectrum and local Significant Others, Friends, Family, and Allies (SOFFAs). Over the years, our scope has grown to include everyone in the transgender community (which we define as including SOFFAs), and many of our programs have become national. You’ll find information about the training and technical assistance we provide, plus descriptions of our major current projects.

Endocrinologists & HRT Doctors in Indiana

Indiana Transgender Network List of HRT Doctors
The following providers provide culturally-sensitive, safe services to individuals of all gender variations. Indiana Transgender Network (ITN) provides this list of medical resources as a service to those needing services. However, these providers are not endorsed by ITN and it is important for you to explore your options carefully to find the right physician for your needs. If you have concerns about any of the medical providers listed, please contact ITN site admins with your concerns.

WPATH Standards of Care

Understanding the WPATH Standards of Care will help you know what to expect of your health care professionals, and if they are not adhering to the best standards of wellness for trans clients.

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) – WPATH is a professional organization devoted to the understanding and treatment of gender identity disorders. WPATH was formerly known as the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association, Inc. (HBIGDA)

WPATH Standards of Care – Standards of Care for Gender Dysphoria developed by WPATH stating its professional consensus about the psychiatric, psychological, medical, and surgical management of gender dysphoria. The Standards of Care were updated in 2011 and significant changes were introduced to give greater autonomy and decision making to trans patients about their own care.

Stand to Pee Packers

Pee-Cock 3-in-1 Packer
This product, introduced in 2011, is designed to be a stand-to-pee packer and pack-and-play model all in one. Made of soft silicone, the shaft of the Pee-Cock has an opening throughout its length to allow for urination. The opening through the shaft also can accommodate a flexible “erection rod” that is inserted through the back of the packer to allow the Pee-Cock to be used for sexual penetration. The back of the packer is shaped like the opening of a funnel; it is pressed low and tightly against the body over the urethral opening during urination. Due to the shape of the funnel, the Pee-Cock may also work well for men who have had metoidioplasty.

Real EZP Stand to Pee Packer
Transthetics is currently a one man kitchen laboratory experiment, born out of frustration of a lack of realistic, quality, durable, easy to use and comfortable prosthetic devices available for trans men. The Real EZP gets rave reviews.

Hudson’s Guide Overview of STP Packers

Hormone Therapy Doctor Questionnaire

Here’s an example of a form one of our members used in his quest to find decent service providers. Feel free to copy this and send it to potential doctors or use the questions as a guide when interviewing your doctors. Remember, it’s your journey. You get to choose who accompanies you on it!

THERAPIST QUESTIONNAIRE

YOUR NAME: ____________________________

DATE: _____________

Please answer ALL questions. If you already have a pre-existing document that addresses some or all of the questions below, you can substitute that document in lieu of fully completing this form provided that (1) you indicate which questions are addressed by the document and (2) the combination of this questionnaire and the document completely address ALL of the questions listed. Please attach additional pages as necessary.

How long have you been a physician?

What do you consider to be your area of expertise?

Have you ever provided hormone therapy for transgender patients?

If so, how many? How many were assigned female at birth or assigned male at birth?

What is your professional opinion of people who feel they are transgender? What is your personal opinion?

If so, how many? How many were assigned female at birth or assigned male at birth?

Are you practices consistent with the WPATH Standards of Care (SOC) version 7?
Do you understand how they changed in 2011?

Do you offer a “sliding fee scale?” If so, under what circumstances?

Are you a member of any Preferred Provider Network? If so, which?

Do you write referral letters to medical doctors who provide transition-related surgeries?

Have you ever worked with any transgender youth or children?

Have you ever provided puberty blockers or hormone therapy for transgender youth?

What is your professional opinion of youth who feel they are transgender? What is your personal opinion?

Thank you for completing this questionnaire. Please return it using the enclosed envelope to:

Name

Address

Changing Name and Gender Markers on Legal Documents

Indiana Transgender Network: Changing Name and Gender Markers on Legal Documents
A step-by-step guide to changing your name and gender markers on legal documents for Indiana residents.

Indiana Transgender Network: Changing Name and Gender Markers on Legal Documents
A step-by-step guide to changing your name and gender markers on legal documents for Indiana residents.

Indiana Legal Services’ Low-Income LGBT Project
ILS’ Low-income LGBT Project is a statewide direct service program that addresses the disproportionate poverty in the LGBT community. So like all ILS services, it targets issues affecting all poor people, like public benefits, employment, personal safety, and healthcare, and issues more common to this population, like correct identity documents and discrimination.

Skye Kantola: Legally Transitioning for Trans People in Indiana
Another guide to legally transitioning by Skye Kantola. Skye became the volunteer Program Coordinator for Trans Lafayette, a support and anti-oppression group which serves trans people and their allies across Indiana. Skye now works as the LGBTQ Outreach Coordinator for the Multicultural Efforts to end Sexual Assault to prevent interpersonal violence against and within LGBTQ+ communities in Indiana.