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 Space from anywhere in the world.
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)
- Trans Lifeline at 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 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