The term transgender describes an individual whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex. A transgender female is a female who was born the sex of a male, however identifies as a female and has made active changes in converting to a female body, through surgery or hormone supplements.
On the GLAAD website, there are many resources listed for transgender individuals including:
- The Trevor Project‘s 24/7/365 Lifeline at 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386) or Trevor Chat, their online instant messaging option, or Trevor Text, a text-based support option. If you are looking for peer support, you can visit Trevor Spacefrom anywhere in the world.
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifelineat 800-273-TALK (8255)
- Trans Lifelineat 877-565-8860
- Do you live outside the United States? If so, check out The Trevor Project’s list of international resources here.
The GLAAD websites also include a list of trans organizations that supply support and raise awareness for transgender people. Some of the organizations include:
- National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)
- Transgender Law Center (TLC)
- Gender Proud
- Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP)
- Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF)
- Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC)
- Trans People of Color Coalition (TPOCC)
When an adolescent discovers they are transgender, there are many mixed emotions that can follow. Speaking with a licensed therapist can make the transitions and mixed emotions simpler to understand. At Exult Healthcare we respect every person’s sexual identity, and we encourage all those in need to call 469-714-0006 and schedule an appointment today.
Written by Aly Bowles – Social Media Coordinator