The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) social justice organization, founded in 2003 by transgender activists. NCTE is dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.
The organization monitors federal activity and communicates this activity to transgender people and allies around the country. NCTE educates members of Congress on issues that impact transgender communities.
The organization also works to strengthen the transgender movement and individual investment in the movement by highlighting opportunities for coalition building, promoting available resources, and providing technical assistance and training to transpeople and allies. The organization maintains a federal transgender activists’ network.
NCTE works on any issues affecting transgender people, including but not limited to: discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations; hate crimes and harassment; difficulty in obtaining accurate identity documentation, such as driver's licenses and Social Security cards; limited access to health care and exclusionary health insurance policies; unequal treatment in the criminal justice system; limited access to sex-specific facilities such as bathrooms and locker rooms; housing in homeless shelters according to birth sex, rather than gender identity and expression; discriminatory immigration policies; harassment in schools; and privacy concerns related to medical and employment records.
The National Transgender Advocacy Coalition is a lobbying and advocacy organization in the United States dedicated to protecting the civil rights of transgender and gender variant people. NTAC works for the advancement of understanding and the attainment of full civil rights for all transgender and gender variant people in every aspect of society and actively opposes discriminatory acts by all means legally available.
NTAC works to achieve equality for all transgender and gender-variant people. We know that no person is more equal than another, is more entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, is more worthy of love or respect, than any other. We are human beings, and basic human rights are all we demand.National website link: http://ntac.org/
International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE) is an American non-profit transgender advocacy organization founded in 1987 and devoted to "overcoming the intolerance of transvestitism and transsexualism brought about by widespread ignorance."
Founder Merissa Sherrill Lynn states, "The crossdressing and transsexual phenomena have been an integral part of human experience as long as there has been a human experience. These phenomena have manifested themselves in every society and in every walk of life throughout history, and continue to affect the lives of vast numbers of people. Yet, as common as they are, ignorance of them, and the resulting intolerance and fear, continues to cost good people their happiness, their jobs, their families, and their lives. It costs society its neighbors, its friends, and its productive citizens."
IFGE also publishes Transgender Tapestry and gives out an annual Trinity Award for service to the community.
To improve the lives of Tarrant County Gender Variant individuals through education, community support and outreach. Meetings:
The Barron House
Celebration Community Church
908 Pennsylvania Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76104
The Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) was formed to address the growing concerns of fair and equal treatment of transgender veterans and active duty service members. As the population of gender-different people increases, then so does the population of veterans and active duty service members who identify as such. TAVA serves as an educational organization that will help the Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense to better understand the individuals they encounter who identify as being gender-different. As veterans, we have also served proudly, and will continue to do so. TAVA is here to help where we can.National website link: http://www.tavausa.org/
Gender Education and Advocacy (GEA) is a national organization focused on the needs, issues and concerns of gender variant people in human society. We seek to educate and advocate, not only for ourselves and others like us, but for all human beings who suffer from gender-based oppression in all of its many forms. We also are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in Georgia.
The Sylvia Rivera Law Project was formed in August 2002 by attorney and transgender civil rights activist, Dean Spade. The project was named for Sylvia Rivera, a transgender activist and veteran of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising who died the same year that SRLP was formed. It was formed "to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination or violence."
The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice.
SRLP seeks to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. SRLP works to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for our communities. We believe that in order to create meaningful political participation and leadership, we must have access to basic means of survival and safety from violence.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc. (NGLTF, Inc.), founded in 1973 and incorporated in 1974, works to build the grassroots political power of the LGBT community to win complete equality. We do this through direct and grassroots lobbying to defeat anti-LGBT ballot initiatives and legislation and pass pro-LGBT legislation and other measures. We also analyze and report on the positions of candidates for public office on issues of importance to the LGBT community. NGLTF, Inc., is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation incorporated in New York. Contributions to NGLTF, Inc., are not tax-deductible.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is committed to educating the public on issues that affect transgender Americans. HRC continues to work at the local, state and federal level in coalition with transgender organizations and transgender leaders to secure equal protection under the law for all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans.
PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays): A national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 500 affiliates in the United States. This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced and serviced by the PFLAG national office, located in Washington, D.C., the national Board of Directors and 13 Regional Directors.
In 2002, the PFLAG Transgender Network (TNET) became PFLAG's first "Special Affiliate," recognized with the same privileges and responsibilities as PFLAG chapters. Whereas chapters have a geographical focus, TNET is focused specifically on promoting the health and well-being of transgender persons, their families and friends, and provides resources to PFLAG chapters and to the National Office.
The TNET Mission:
The purpose of this chapter shall be to support the mission of PFLAG; to promote the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.
PFLAG TNET focuses on support for transgender people and their parents, families, and friends; education on transgender facts and issues; and advocacy for equal rights for the transgender community at local and national levels.
The Transgender Law Center (TLC) is a civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities. TLC connects transgender people and their families to technically sound and culturally competent legal services, increase acceptance and enforcement of laws and policies that support California's transgender communities, and work to change laws and systems that fail to incorporate the needs and experiences of transgender people.
TLC utilizes direct legal services, public policy advocacy, and educational opportunities to advance the rights and safety of diverse transgender communities. TLC uses the term "transgender" to represent all of the innumerable genders and forms of gender expression that fall within and outside of stereotypical gender norms. TLC also understands, acknowledges, and resists non-gender based oppressions which limit people's ability to live in peace.
National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR): A national legal organization with headquarters in San Francisco and regional offices in Florida and Washington, DC. NCLR is a non-profit, public interest law firm that litigates precedent-setting cases at the trial and appellate court levels, advocates for equitable public policies affecting the LGBT community, provides free legal assistance to LGBT clients and their legal advocates, and conducts community education on LGBT legal issues.
Equality Florida: A statewide education and advocacy organization dedicated to eliminating discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, gender and class. Equality Florida’s seeks to protect all Floridians from discrimination based on gender identity or expression.
Lambda Legal: A national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Lambda Legal secures equality for LGBTQ youth in the schools and in out-of-home care (foster care, juvenile facilities, homelessness programs); this organization works for equal treatment in other organized youth activities, as well.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): America's foremost advocate of individual rights, the American Civil Liberties Union is a nonpartisan organization founded in 1920. With national headquarters in New York and Washington and 52 affiliates throughout the country, the ACLU is widely regarded as the nation's premier public interest law firm. The ACLU believes the only way to protect the freedoms outlined in the Bill of Rights is to guarantee that everyone, no matter how unpopular, has the same rights. The LGBT Project fights discrimination and moves public opinion on LGBT rights through the courts, legislatures and public education
The ACLU works to include gender identity in nondiscrimination laws, raises awareness of the types of harms that transgender people face, and brings impact lawsuits to change biased laws against transgender people in employment, schools, and public accommodations.
The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of South Florida (GLCCSF): This center serves the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community. We provide information, education, advocacy, support, human services, cultural experiences and social opportunities. The center works to foster personal development and quality of life for the entire community. The GLCCSF embraces individuality and diversity and promotes awareness, acceptance, celebration and pride.
JUXTAPOSED CENTER FOR TRANSFORMATION (JCT). A 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization, currently operating as an Advocacy and Social Services Referral base organization founded to Empower and Educate the largely Diverse and Complex Transgender/Gender Variant Community. JCT is designed to put the "T" back in Community by supplying trans individuals with tools to restore the Historical Legacy that is our Destiny. The Center’s mission is to improve the quality of life for all HIV/AIDS affected and infected individuals with an emphasis on the Transgender Community by providing: HIV/AIDS Prevention and Risk Reduction Education, Creating Safe Spaces, Providing Quality Programs, Self Empowerment Tools, and Ensuring Access to Economic and Social Resources.
TransParentcy was founded by a transgender parent and is dedicated to the Transgender Parent and their Children, and committed to the fight to protect and honor the precious relationship between them.
TransParentcy's mission is to support the Transgender Parent, and their advocates (lawyers, mental health professionals, friends, family) by providing information and resources to diffuse and/or dispel the myths about any adverse impact being transgendered/transsexual might have on one's children.
TransParentcy was founded March 2001 to fill the void of information and resources for transgender parents and their children. This website offers a comprehensive list of resources - information, organizations and providers - addressing the issues a Transgender Parent faces.
Advocates for Youth is an organization dedicated to creating programs and advocating for policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. This organization provides information, training, and strategic assistance to youth-serving organizations, policy makers, youth activists, and the media in the United States and the developing world.
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) youth face tremendous difficulties growing up in a society where heterosexuality is often presented as the only acceptable orientation, and homosexuality is regarded as deviant. Research suggests that homophobia and heterosexism greatly contribute to higher rates of suicide, violence victimization, risk behavior for HIV infection, and substance abuse among GLBTQ youth as compared to their heterosexual peers. In recent years, however, a number of promising programs have been established to help GLBTQ youth gain the skills and support they need to develop into healthy adults in a society that largely rejects them.
Advocates for Youth has also developed a program to help decrease the isolation felt by many GLBTQ youth. Using the Internet as an intervention strategy, Advocates has established several Web sites targeting young people with information, support, and referrals regarding adolescent sexual and reproductive health.
The Alliance for Gender Awareness is an organization dedicated to addressing the unmet healthcare needs of patients with Gender Identity Disorder. Our focus is on improving healthcare quality, healthcare service access and social integration support through education, awareness and research in order to ensure optimal patient outcomes and to facilitate social acceptance.
TransYouth Family Advocates is a coalition of parents, friends and caring adults dedicated to educating and raising public awareness about the medical and cultural challenges faced by children with gender variant and gender questioning identities and the families who love them.
Specifically, TransYouth Family Advocates will work to:
Educate and inform schools, healthcare professionals, daycare centers, courts and legal representatives, child welfare agencies and communities about discrimination on the basis of gender identity or gender expression.
Eliminate harassment, oppression, and violence motivated by ignorance, fear, and hatred of transgender children and youth.
Work to inform citizens, including legislators about advances in medical science and current standards of care with regard to the legal status of transgendered and gender variant children.
Work to form alliances with organizations and individuals to help achieve support services for the transgender and gender variant children of America, so that they and their families may find the services and support that they need to live their lives free of harassment and obstruction.
Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE) engages, connects, and empowers people to make the world a better place for children of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents and families. COLAGE is the only national organization in the world specifically supporting children, youth and adults with LGBT parent(s).
COLAGE Chapters are locally based groups that help carry out the COLAGE mission on a local level. While there are variations between the types and scope of programs that COLAGE Chapters provide, each one is committed to creating a safe, just world for children of lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender parents.
TCOPS is a peer support network for transgendered law enforcement officers. Members are sworn or credentialed police officers, deputy sheriffs, rangers, constables, detectives, special agents, reserve officers or reserve deputies, as well as non-sworn law enforcement support personnel. Active, former, and retired transgender members from these groups are eligible for membership in TCOPS.
Welcome! Transsexual transition is simply a journey. Just like a trip, you decide on
the time you'll need to get there
the money you'll spend
Transsexual Road Map is a travel guide to set priorities and choose your route.
It's about making informed purchasing decisions and setting realistic, achievable transition goals. Website link: http://www.tsroadmap.com/
GenderPAC (the Gender Public Advocacy Coalition) is a human rights organization based in Washington, DC working to the stated aim of ensuring classrooms, communities, and workplaces are safe places for every person to learn, grow, and succeed, whether or not they conform to expectations for masculinity or femininity.
Founded in 1995 as a loose coalition of organizations, GenderPAC became incorporated in 1999, formed a Board of Directors, and received tax-exempt status as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
GenderPAC also aims to promote understanding of the connection between discrimination based on gender stereotypes and gender, sexual orientation, age, race and class.
GenderPAC's major programs are Workplace Fairness, The GenderYOUTH Network, and the Children As They Are parenting network.
FTM International is the longest-running, largest organization serving the female-to-male trans community in the world.
Contributes to FTM advancement: over $125,000 and counting
Sponsors information and networking meetings: over 1,350
Sponsors local and regional chapters and events to build FTM community
Sponsors internet communities for accurate information and support
Sponsors and provides support to conferences including the First FTM Conference of the Americas
Responds to requests for information: more than 50,000
Presents panels, workshops, trainings, papers and speakers: over 600 including media, documentaries, radio, television, magazines and newspapers
Publishes the FTMI website (www.ftmi.org) reaching over 100,000 new visitors every day
Publishes The FTM International Newsletter distributed to subscibers and bookstores all over the world: 63 issues to date
Publishes The FTM Yellow Pages Resource Directory (revised annually)
Publishes The Men of FTM International Calendar
Publishes The Story of a Trans Man CD
Publishes Audiotapes of the 1995 First FTM Conference of the Americas
Publishes The FTM International Newsletter Anthology
Publishes The FTMI Chapter Manual
Publishes The FTMI Board Manual
FTMInternational builds FTM community.
FTMInternational and cognate groups provide support meetings for FTMs and their families in cities throughout the world. FTMInternational spans 18 countries and 21 years. Website link: http://www.ftmi.org/
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.