Santa Cruz Area


Santa Cruz Trans-online: Website maintained by Diversity Center, Queer Youth Task Force, & Trans-teen project: directory of medical & mental health care, services and groups in the Santa Cruz and greater SF Bay Area


Diversity Center: provides support group and online resource information


Transfamily Support Group: monthly meetings, gatherings, support



Peninsula/ South Bay Resources


Outlet: Support groups, counseling and trainings in schools: Redwood City, San Mateo, Mountain View)


LGBTQ Youth Space Support groups and counseling, San Jose


Transfamily Support Group of Santa Clara Valley


Group Night, offered by Gender Identity Awareness Network, 3rd Wednesday of the month. Separate therapist facilitated groups for children, teens, parents of teens, parents of younger children.


Billy de Frank Center, San Jose LGBTQ Center



National Organizations


See for many national organizations as well as Santa Cruz local resources


Transgender Law Center: for all things legal. Their ID Please guide is comprehensive guide to name and gender change

National Center for Transgender Equality: Works on multiple transgender issues including: schools, military, incarceration employment, and immigration Produced guide for getting your health care covered.


Gender Spectrum: Creating gender inclusive environments for children & teens.

Annual professionals and family conference 2nd weekend in July.  Online resources

Families in Transition Guide: Guide for families of youth going through gender transition


WPATH: World Professional Association for Transgender Health, issues practice guidelines used by most professionals, professional and educational organization


ICATH: Informed Consent for Access to Transgender Health


COLAGE: For children of LGBTQ parents


Trans Aging Project


Trevor Project: Crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth  1-866-488-7386 plus text and chat (see site)



Online Resources/ Blogs  Full of resources for transgender and nonbinary folks


Everyday Feminism: lots of great blog articles on trans and gender non-binary

Finding a Trans- Friendly Therapist: Ryan Sallan's guide for interviewing gender therapists to ensure training and a good fit for your needs.



Books & Reading

There has been a recent explosion of good books and articles.  Some may be perfect for some trans youth and adults and parents, while not so good for others. This is only a start. Ask your friends, read reviews, and talk to your independent bookseller!




For Parents and Other Adults Supporting Children

The Gender Creative Child: by Diane Ehrensaft

The Transgender Child: Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper

For professional providers (may also be of interest to community members and families)

A Clinician's Guide to Gender Affirming Care by Sand C. Chang, Annaliese A. Sing, and lore m. dickey

Supporting Transgender Autistic Youth and Adults: A Guide for Professionals and Families: by Finn Gratton

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, Ed. Erickson-Schroth

For community members and providers

The Whipping Girl and Excluded, both by Julia Serrano

Redefining Realness, by Janet Mock

Gender Failure, by Rae Spoon and Ivan E. Coyote

Transgender/ Non-Binary Resources


© 2019 by Finn V. Gratton.

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