Transgender 101

Online Resources

T-Vox: Trans 101
T-Vox is designed as a support and community website for individuals across the gender spectrum (including transgender, transsexual, intersex, genderqueer, and individuals questioning their gender identity). This Trans 101 goes through a number of questions about trans identities, from basic definitions to more complex issues. Structured as an FAQ page, this resource is a great place to start for individuals who may be first introduced to transgender identities.

Sylvia Rivera Law Project: Trans 101
The Sylvia Rivera Law Project provides a quick run-down of important terms and definitions for understanding transgender and gender non-conforming identities, including gender identity, transgender, diversity within transgender communities, and bodies.

National Center for Transgender Equality: Resource List
The National Center for Transgender Equality provides a list of resources about transgender people (including recent discrimination surveys, model policies, and a guide to teaching trans education workshops).

TransWhat? Glossary
TransWhat? is a user-friendly guide to understanding trans identities, addressing beginner-level questions. Explanations are targeted toward individuals towards those who have learned that someone close to them is TGNC and/or choosing to transition in some way. This glossary is a thorough explanation of a number of terms relevant to trans experience and identities.

Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley - Trans Info Poster
The Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley (GAGV) provides education on creating inclusive schools, community groups and workplaces.

I AM: Trans People Speak Project
I AM: Trans People Speak is a project by the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) that aims to raise awareness about the diversity that exists within transgender communities. Among its goals are to give voice to transgender individuals, as well as their friends, families, and allies. The project's website features stories from a number of trans-identified individuals as well as some definitions and resources for learning more about trans identities.

Introductory Books & Films

Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue by Nicholas M. Teich

Transgender History by Susan Stryker

The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals by Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper

TransGeneration (2005) - Film that documents the lives of four college students undergoing gender transition.

Toilet Training (2003) - Documentary video and collaboration between transgender videomaker Tara Mateik and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, an organization dedicated to ending poverty and gender identity discrimination. The video addresses the persistent discrimination, harassment, and violence that people who transgress gender norms face in gender segregated bathrooms. Using the stories of people who have been harassed, arrested or beaten for trying to use bathrooms, Toilet Training focuses on bathroom access in public space, in schools, and at work. For more information and to order the film, click here.

Reading List

Transgender Advocacy in New York State

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