Affirming Services

TGNC Speech and Voice Training — Daya Deuskar — Based in Princeton, NJ, transgender vocalist and activist Daya Mirabai Deuskar specializes in guiding both feminine and masculine trans voices through social and physiological transition. She works on a sliding scale and is available for lessons either in person or via Zoom. For more info, head to her website.

Strands for Trans — Online database of salons and barbershops that have adopted TGNC-affirming practices, such as gender-neutral pricing. If you're a business manager/owner and would like to get involved, connect with them via the form on their website.


Anti-racist toolkit for LGBTQ+ families, parents, and children – with chapters dedicated to different age groups, offers resources and tools for LGBTQ+ families to continue doing their anti-racism work. Boost this toolkit on social media by using #LGBTQFamiliesForBlackLives (or urge congress to pass the Justice in Policing Act)

Racial Justice Bookshelf – resource for buying anti-racist books from Black-owned bookstores. Lists books by categories, such as LGBTQ+, Intersectional Feminism, History, and more. This resource is crucial as it ensures your anti-racism dollars are not sent to large companies, many of which are complicit in upholding white supremacy.

Standing Together: Coming Out for Racial Justice – toolkit designed for LGBTQ+ organizations and activists that empowers them to lead their work through the lens of racial justice and anti-racism

For Trans BIPOC

Black AIDS Institute (BAI) – works to end the epidemic of HIV within the Black (and specifically Black LGBTQ+) communities through policy, advocacy, and direct services

BTAC-COVID-19 Response – Run by Black trans folx, provides emergency grants to trans people affected by COVID-19.

Marsha P. Johnson Institute – Protects the human rights of Black trans people by “organizing, advocating, creating an intentional community to heal, developing transformative leadership, and promoting [their] collective power.”

The Okra Project – Provides home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black trans people as a means of addressing the global crisis faced by this community.

Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC) – through several initiatives and funds, TWOCC works to support and amplify the narratives, leadership, and experiences of trans people of color.

•TWOCC's Black trans health initiative – works to provide trans people, especially those who have limited access to trans-affirming healthcare, with the resources, opportunities, and support necessary to live their truths

•TWOCC's Community funds – divided into three funds: education, survival (food, water, shelter), and wellness. If you are a Black trans person in need of funds, you are welcome to apply. If you are anybody else, I encourage you to donate.

•TWOCC's Healing and restorative justice initiative – offers writing clinics, cultural art events, healing retreats, and more to help community members process and work through trauma

Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative (SNaPCo) – Black and trans-led org that works with Black folks in Atlanta to build a future without unfair barriers, especially the criminal legal system that disproportionately incarcerates BIPOC


Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt — Documents the life of transgender actress and activist Nicole Maines (Supergirl) and her family.

The Gender Creative Child by Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D — Aimed at helping families understand gender non-conforming children and adolescents.

Tomorrow Will Be Different — Written by trans activist and candidate for the First Senate District Sarah McBride. Memoir on "love, loss, and the fight for trans equality."

Redefining Realness — First memoir by writer, director, and trans advocate Janet Mock. Addresses her "path to womanhood, identity, love, & so much more."

Surpassing Certainty — Second memoir by Janet Mock. Addresses what she learned about life in her twenties.

Community Services


Center on Halsted – LGBTQ+ community center dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of our community. They've compiled a resource guide for trans-affirming services in Chicago.

New York City

The LGBT Community Center – Offers a variety of services and support groups for LGBTQ+ people, as well as adolescent-specific programming. Located on 13th st. between 7th and 8th avenues. I interned here for a bit and have several friends who work here, and I really admire how much thought and time goes into creating their programming. The Center was founded in the 1980s, so they have a long history of supporting the community.

Ali Forney Center – Services for homeless LGBTQ+ youth.

PCYP – LGBTQ+ - competent legal services for homeless youth. Call toll-free at 877-542-8529 or e-mail

For College Students

College Scholarships for LGBTQ+ Students — List of scholarships offered specifically to LGBTQ+ students. Some are limited to certain parts of the country, while others are available nationwide.

Most Highly LGBTQ+-Affirming Colleges (overall in the U.S.) — List of the 25 most LGBTQ+-inclusive and affirming colleges in the country. Based on a study conducted by Campus Pride.

Most Highly LGBTQ+-Affirming Colleges (in each U.S. State) — List of the most LGBTQ+-inclusive and affirming colleges in each U.S. state. Based on a study conducted by Campus Pride.

Ultimate Guide to Resources for LGBTQ+ Students — comprehensive guide for prospective or current college students for navigating college as an LGBTQ+ student. Offers resources for choosing an affirming college, finding community/groups to join, scholarships/grants, fighting bullying and discrimination, and so much more.

Crisis Hotlines

The Trevor Project – Available 24/7. Call 1-866-488-7386, chat online confidentially with a counselor, or text START to 678678. Find helpful resources for trans youth to learn about trans identities.

TransLifeline – Trans-specific suicide hotline for all ages. Call 877-565-8860 for support. *Note: If you look up this org, you may read some bad press detailing the arrest of two of their original founders for embezzling $350K from the org. The organization is in new hands, and I feel more confident in regards to its trajectory. Read the new founders’ comments here.

*If you are experiencing a medical or mental health emergency, please call 911.

Employment Resources

HRC'S Corporate Equality Index — Annual report that rates U.S. employers based on their demonstrated commitment to LGBTQ+ equality. See if your employer ranks among the best.


TransYouth Family Allies — Glossary of terms related to TGNC identities. Disponible en Español.

Trevor Project Resource Center — Offers a glossary of LGBTQ+ terms for beginners


General Resources

Creating LGBTQ+ Friendly Communities in Healthcare and Education — extensive resource guide outlining common issues faced by LGBTQ+ folks seeking healthcare, along with potential solutions

LGBTQ+ Affirming Addiction Treatment — resource guide for healthcare providers seeking to provide affirming, trauma-informed substance abuse treatment to LGBTQ+ people

Top Five Struggles of the LGBTQ Community that Lead to Addiction — resource guide explaining the correlation between LGBTQ+ identity and addiction

Transgender Skin Care Guide — skin care guide addressing common skincare concerns of trans and non-binary individuals, particularly those on HRT Disclaimer: this guide uses very binary language (trans men, trans women). However, the recommendations can be generalized to many trans and non-binary individuals.

Telehealth — Multiple states

Plume — "Gender-affirming hormone therapy from your phone."  A Plume memershrip costs $99/mo and is not currently covered by insurance. Memership includes initial evaluation, labwork, surgical letters, Rx+ supplies, progress monitoring, and virtual access to care. Please note that membership does not cover the cost of your prescription.

They also offer a one-time surgery letter service (for non-members) for $150. (For context, it can otherwise cost up to $1000.00 just to obtain these letters, not including the multiple therapy sessions some clinicians require prior to writing letters.)

Plume is still expanding and aims to be available in every U.S. state. Check their website for availability in your state.

Folx Health — "Queer & Trans healthcare delivered on our terms." Folx's services are provided for clinicians who are queer and trans themselves. Services include HRT to PrEP, ED, STI Care and more. Folx offers plans starting at $59/mo, and is not currently covered by insurance.

At the time of this writing (January 2021), Folx has just launched in the U.S. and has a waitlist for new clients.

Chicago, IL

Howard Brown Health — Offer affirming care for TGNC people, details outlined here. Address and contact info available on their site.

Brooklyn Center, MN

North Memorial Health — Erik Stanley Haugland, MD aims to serve patients who have felt intimidated in other healthcare settings. Dr. Haugland specializes in transgender healthcare and follows recommendations from the WPATH Standards of Care, which set the industry precedent for TGNC-affirming care. Address and contact info available on their site.

St. Paul, MN

Family Tree Clinic — Offer HRT as well as legal services for TGNC folx. Offer services on a sliding scale in order to make treatment accessible for low income individuals. Address and contact info available on their site.

New York, NY

Apicha - Community Health Center — Offers trans and HIV/AIDS-competent medical care and community health education in Lower Manhattan. Has its own pharmacy. Address and contact info is listed on their site.

Callen-Lorde - Community Health Center — Offers trans and HIV/AIDS-competent medical care, support groups, an adolescent-specific health program called HOTT, and dental services. They have two locations: one in Chelsea, Manhattan (212-271-7200) and one in the Bronx (718-215-1800). I’ve been to both and personally had really great experiences. Chelsea location has its own pharmacy. Additionally, they will keep seeing you even if you can’t pay your medical bills because they are more interested in helping people than making money (last year, they had $4M in un-repaid debt).

IHI Therapy — Offers TGNC-affirming mental healthcare services. Address and contact info available on their site.

Toronto, Canada

Rainbow Health — Community program operated by Sherbourne Health that offers a range of gender-affirming services and trans-competent care. Sherbourne Health offers inclusive health services dedicated to helping people who may have been under-served by conventional healthcare. Their Trans Health Knowledge Base answers FAQs about TGNC healthcare. Address and contact info available on their site.

Salt Lake City, UT

Rebirth OB/GYN: Gender Center — Dr. Rixt Luikinaar, MD specializes in transgender health and offers services to support TGNC folx through both social and medical transition (e.g. voice coaching, makeup classes, HRT, etc.) Though Utah does not currently offer legal protections for transgender people seeking healthcare, TGNC folx are explicitly covered under Gender Center's non-discrimination policy. Address and contact info available on their site.

Washington, D.C.

Whitman Walker Health — Aim to provide safe, respectful, and affirming care for TGNC patients. Offers both medical and behavioral health services. Address and contact info available on their site.

Multiple Cities

One Medical — Committed to providing "judgment-free care" and improving the healthcare experiences of trans and gender non-conforming people. Has locations in NYC, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Orange County (CA), Phoenix, Portland (OR), San Diego, Seattle, SF Bay Area, and Washington D.C. Addresses and contact info available on their site.

Planned Parenthood — Though PP has locations in 32 states + Washington D.C., only some locations offer HRT. If you'd like to know if locations in your city offer this service, I encourage you to call. PP states a commitment to serving the needs of their community, so if your local center does not offer HRT, I encourage you to let them know that they should (if and only if you feel both empowered and safe to do so). Addresses and contact info available on their site.

Atlanta, GA Trans Housing Coalition — utilizes a housing first, person-centered approach to get Trans folks into permanent, affirmative housing. Began as the Homeless Black Trans Women Fund, and has since expanded.

Atlanta, GA Trans Housing Atlanta Program — provides direct assistance/resources for individuals experiencing homelessness. Includes financial support with housing-related payments, emergency housing assistance, food vouchers, and connection with mental health resources, job placement, and other housing resources.

Dallas, TX House of Rebirth — led by and for Black trans women, offers housing and other supportive resources to those experiencing homelessness

Memphis, TN My Sistah's House — provides emergency housing, advocacy, and multipronged resource assistance delivered by and for TGNC people of color

New Orleans, LA House of Tulip — non-profit creating housing solutions for trans and non-binary people in Louisiana

For Loved Ones & Communities

PFLAG - Our Trans Loved Ones — Extremely thorough and frequently updated, this guide offers information and resources for families of TGNC people.

NCTE’s Families for Trans Equality — Helps teach families of trans people how to fight alongside us for transgender equality.

Communicating with Family and Friends about Your Child’s Gender — Resource guide for communicating with others about your child's gender.

Parenting a Transgender or Gender-Expansive Child — How to Protect Your Family Against False Allegations of Child Abuse — Collaborative guide by NCLR (National Center for Lesbian Rights), Gender Spectrum, NCTE (National Center for Transgender Rights), HRC (Human Rights Campaign), and GLAD (Legal Advocates and Defenders)

Questionable Questions about Gender Identity — What not to ask your TGNC loved one or community member.

Understanding Non-binary People — While this guidebook is technically designed for media, it also addresses common questions that many folks have when a friend or loved one comes out as non-binary.

For Media

Transgender Resources - GLAAD — Resources for TGNC folx as well as media folks working on transgender stories.

Doubly Victimized: Reporting on Transgender Victims of Crime - GLAAD — Best practices + 101 guide for journalists reporting on trans victims of crime.

"More Than A Number" Report - GLAAD — 201 guide that addresses a need to shift the media narrative about transgender homicides. This is a great reference for media folks reporting on transgender homicide.

For Older Adults

Resources for LGBTQ Senior Citizens — List of resources, services, and facilities for LGBTQ+ older adults

SAGE — National network offering advocacy services for LGBTQ+ older adults

For K-12 Schools

Schools in Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools — National Educational Association in collaboration with NCLR, Gender Spectrum, HRC, and the ACLU

GLSEN – Supporting Trans and GNC Youth — Resource guide for K-12 students, families, and schools on supporting TGNC youth.

Trans Youth Equality — Youth resources for learning about being transgender.

LGBTQ Help and Support: Resources for Students — Resources for LGBTQ+ students. Includes a list of a few universities who have taken notable efforts towards LGBTQ+ inclusivity, scholarships for LGBTQ+ students, and resources for parents and families.

Support Groups

PFLAG — With nearly 400 chapters in cities around the US, PFLAG offers support groups for LGBTQ+ people and their families. Many chapters have both an LGBQ+ group and a TGNC (Transgender/Gender non-conforming) group. Their website also provides information on how to start a new chapter if there is not one accessible to you.

Gender Spectrum — Online groups for TGNC youth and adolescents and their families. Divided by age group (pre-teens 11-12, teens 13-19). Groups are sometimes centered around one topic, such as “Home for the Holidays,” or for one group of people, such as grandparents or fathers. Offer groups in English and Spanish.

TV Shows

I Am Jazz on TLC — Documents the life of transgender teen activist Jazz Jennings and her family.

Pose on FX — Drama about New York's underground ball culture during the AIDS crisis. Features the largest cast of trans actors in series regular roles. Seasons 1 and 2 are currently available on Netflix

Euphoria on HBO — Though the series is primarily centered around Rue (Zendaya) and her struggle with mental illness and addiction, transgender actress Hunter Schafer brings an extremely vulnerable and authentic trans storyline through her character, Jules.


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