Sussex County, New Jersey isn't exactly San Francisco when it comes to public displays of gender diversity.
Still, gender nonconformists benefit from New Jersey's laws and Federal laws, which prohibit discrimination based on "gender identity or expression" - the legislative language that covers trans*gender people. These laws apply to employment, schools, housing, public accommodations and hate crimes.
With these protections in place, more and more people are coming out and revealing their true gender identity, and more services are being offered for this population.
Below are some resources. Please let me know if there are any good resources you recommend I add to this list.
Click for a list of doctors who prescribe hormones to transgender individuals.
Some doctors list helpful resources on their websites. For example, Dr. Lisa O'Connor, founder of Healthy Transitions,who mentored me when I was becoming a gender specialist, lists numerous resources for transgender individuals.
The Institute for Personal Growth, which has locations in Jersey City, Highland Park and Freehold, NJ, posts a comprehensive Transgender Resource Guide which lists 60 pages of resources, including Advocacy, Crossgender supplies, Electrolysis, Legal Services, Support Groups, and Vocal Coaching.
The Upper Delaware GLBT Centersponsors youth groups, arts and cultural programs, rides to protest marches and other services in Milford,PA.
The Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference offers workshops and networking events for transgender individuals and their allies, families, and providers. This year the conference took place June 9 to 11, 2016, and Jennifer Whitlock presented a workshop there.
The Mazzoni Center has a drop-in center that offers free medical care, including hormone therapy, for youth ages 14 to 24, on Wednesdays from 5 to 7 pm at their facility 809 Locust Street in Philadelphia.
The Standards of Caredescribes the criteria doctors generally require patients to meet in order to be considered for Hormone Replacement Therapy or Sex Reassignment Surgery.
Parents of transgender children should be advised that today's recommendations on how to treat gender variant children are different than the recommendations made in the 1970s. Despite the Free to Be You and Me program, parents were told to allow their children only "gender appropriate toys, dress and activities." This practice is now considered to be harmful. Margie Nichols, Ph.D. explains the change in approaches in this essay.
The Family Acceptance Program offers on-line brochures describing how families can help support their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children. These family education booklets have been designated as a “Best Practice” resource for suicide prevention for LGBT people by the national Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention.
Schools in Transition brochures, developed by The National Education Association, the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Campaign, Gender Spectrum and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, outline the best practices in supporting Transgender Students in School.
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