Local to Asheville

Tranzmission is dedicated to making the lives of Transgender, Gender Variant, Non-Binary, and GenderQueer individuals healthier, happier and safer. Connect with the Asheville Transformers, a social support group here. Contact them at info@tranzmission.org for location and more details.

For Parents & Families

Gendermom is a blog written by the mom of a young trans girl. She also produces a podcast called, "How to Be a Girl.

Gender Spectrum is a wonderful organization based in the Bay Area dedicated to helping to create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens. Check out their incredible list of resources here. (This is a great place to start reading if your child has come out to you as transgender.) Connect with other teens, parents, and professionals in their virtual "Lounge" here.

Supporting Transgender Youth in Schools is a 4-page fact sheet created by Porch Light Counseling that includes terminology, research about gender development in children and adolescents, information about legal protections for LGBTQ students, and resources for educators wanting to create safer schools for LGBT students.

Produced in partnership between the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians (ACOP), Supporting & Caring for Transgender Children explains how families and healthcare professionals are helping transgender children thrive. It reflects the experiences of expert clinicians, including pediatricians and mental health professionals—and features the families of transgender children from across the United States. The resource explains the difference between children who are gender-expansive and those who are transgender; outlines why experts, based on emerging scientific evidence, are embracing a "gender-affirming" approach; describes what it means to affirm a child's gender identity through "transition;" debunks myths about transgender children and "gender-affirming" care, and recommends steps that families and community members can take to support transgender and gender-expansive kids in their lives. Download the full guide here: http://www.hrc.org/resources/supporting-caring-for-transgender-children.

Healthcare Information

Center of Excellence for Transgender Health (CoE) is housed at the University of California, San Francisco. The Center's Transgender Health Learning Center includes resource inventories for a variety of audiences, including health care providers, researchers, community organizers, and individuals.

Planned Parenthood - Asheville Health Center offers health care services, including hormone treatment, to clients who identify as LGBT.

Trans Folks Fighting Eating Disorders (T-FFED) is a collective of trans/gender diverse folx and allies who believe eating disorders in marginalized communities are social justice issues. Based in Los Angeles has a national reach in their trainings, support structures, impact, and eventually their Healing Intensives.

Western North Carolina Community Health Services (WNCCHS) has offered high quality, culturally competent transgender health services since 2007.  Today, over 200 gender nonconforming patients including adults and adolescents are enrolled in their Transgender Health Program, which is available to residents of an 18-county service area of western North Carolina.  Those counties include:  Avery, Buncombe, Clay, Cherokee, Cleveland, Graham, Henderson, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, McDowell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey counties. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Allister Styan at astyan@wncchs.org or 828-285-0622 x2144.

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) is a non-profit, interdisciplinary professional and educational organization devoted to transgender health. WPATH publishes the Standards of Care and Ethical Guidelines, which helps professionals understand best practices in the psychiatric, psychological, medical, and surgical treatment of transgender clients.

Vancouver Coastal Health Transgender Health Information Program is an information hub providing information about gender-affirming care and supports. Check out their medical page for information about hormones, gender-affirming surgeries, and sexual and reproductive health. While some of the resources are specific to Canada, much of the general information applies to U.S. patients.

Suicide Prevention

Trans Lifeline is a non-profit dedicated to the well being of transgender people. Trans Lifeline runs a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support members of our community might have. 

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its accredited, free and confidential phone, instant message and text messaging crisis intervention services.

Books We Love

Raising the Transgender Child by Michele Angelo, PhD and Alisa Bowman

The Transgender Teen by Stephanie Brill and Lisa Kenney

The Gender Quest Workbook: A Guide for Teens and Young Adults Exploring Gender Identity by Rylan Jay Testa PhD, by Rylan Jay Testa PhD, Jayme Peta MA MS , Arlene Istar Lev LCSW-R CASAC and Ryan K Sallans MA

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

The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Live Outside Gender Boxes by Diane Ehrensaft PhD and Norman Spack MD

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin


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