Resources for People dealing with Gender Identity Issues
Some people who are intersexed need assistance with transitioning gender roles, and some people who are transitioning gender roles visit ISNA's web site looking for resources. There are many resources for this available on the web; below are some of the important links. ISNA does not have the resources or expertise to help people with this, and we have no plans to duplicate the services provided by existing transgender support and advocacy groups.
Some transsexual people and their advocates argue that transsexuality is a form of intersexuality that manifests in the brain, citing preliminary researches suggesting a possible biological "cause" of transsexuality, or "gender identity disorder." However, such claim misses the point that the intersex movement is not about whether or not something is biologically rooted, but about how our bodies are treated by medical authority as we grow up and live. Some transsexual people are in fact also intersexed and some intersex people do transition genders, majority are not.
The descriptions below are, where possible, taken from the descriptions offered by the groups about themselves. ISNA has no control over the content of these sites.
Introduction to intersexuality and intersex activism by Transfeminism.org. This web site was established to facilitate communication between intersex and trans people who are feminists and their allies as well as to help spread the word about an upcoming anthology by Emi Koyama and Diana Courvant on intersex and trans feminisms.
InterSection is created by Raven Kaldera, the intersex liaison for American Boyz as a resource for intersex people who are also transgendered and for trans people who want to help intersex movement.
GenderPAC is the national organization working to guarantee every American's civil right to express their gender orientation free of stereotypes, discrimination and violence.
The mission of It's Time, Americais to educate and influence the Congress, State and Local Governments, and other transgender and non-transgender political organizations, using direct action where necessary to safeguard and to advance the rights of transgendered people.
International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE) is an advocacy and educational organization for promoting the self-definition and free expression of individual gender identity. IFGE is not a support group, it is an information provider and clearinghouse for referrals about all things which are transgressive of established social gender norms.
Anne Vitale's Notes on Gender Transition - This web site addresses issues regarding gender dysphoria, transsexualism, transgenderism, Gender Identity Disorder, sex reassignment surgery (SRS), the HBIGDA Standards of Care (SC) and gender role transition. Both female-to-male (FTM) and male-to-female (MTF) issues are covered.
Female to Male
Online Alchemy: The Art of Loren Cameron
American Boyz, Inc is a support and social group for people who were born female but who feel that is not a complete or accurate assessment of who they are (FTMs) and our significant others, friends, families and allies (SOFFAs).
FTM International - FTM stands for Female-to-Male. This site is the internet contact point for the largest, longest-running educational organization serving FTM transgendered people and transsexual men.
Male to Female
Anne Lawrence's Transsexual Women's Resourcesis designed to empower transsexual women by providing factual information, informed opinion, and personal narrative. I hope these resources will help transsexual women make decisions which will best serve their individual needs.
Press for Change (PFC) is a political lobbying and educational organisation, which campaigns to achieve equal civil rights and liberties for all transgendered people in the United Kingdom, through legislation and social change.
Tri-Ess is an organization for Heterosexual Crossdressers, their Spouses/Significant Others, and their Families.