Welcome to IYG's Trans Resources! If you are a youth who is questioning your gender identity, you are not alone! Questioning one's gender or sexual orientation is a normal part of life, but just because it's normal doesn't mean that it's easy!
Understanding the difference between natal (biological) sex, gender, and sexual orientation is important for a few reasons. First, gender and sex are different even though they are often used interchangeably. Sex refers to a person's biology, such as their chromosomes, genitals, and reproductive system. A person's gender refers to the roles, behaviors, activities, appearance, and attributes that a culture considers appropriate for men and women. By understanding this distinction, one can then understand how a person's sex can be different from their gender identity and expression. And both natal sex and gender are completely separate from one's sexual orientation which refers to the various attraction someone may feel toward others that we often label based on the gender between the individuals involved in a relationship. These are three aspects of a person's identity.
There is not one way or a right way to be a girl/woman, boy/man, transgender FTM or MTF, or gender variant. Only you can know for yourself what label, if any, describes you and only you can know the best way to express your gender identity. For the purposes of this website, trans* refers to anyone who falls outside of the definition or identity of cisgender. A cisgender person is someone whose self-identity conforms with the gender that corresponds to their natal (biological) sex.
Language is alive, ever-changing, and often privileged. For these reasons, it is best to let an individual explain and define the terminology they are using to define themselves.
Indiana Youth Group (that's us!) is a great resource if you are a trans* youth ages 12-20 looking for community, support, and fun! Check out our Program Calendar for dates and times of programs. Relevant programming may include Gender Variant (GV), a support group for anyone who identifies as trans* or who is questioning their gender identity. GV meets every first and third Friday of the month from 6:00-7:00.
Indiana Transgender Network aggregates resources available to transgender and gender diverse people living in Indiana. Their goal is to make it easier for people making a gender transition or trying to understand the subject of gender identity to find counselors, medical resources, legal information, support groups, advocacy organizations and other help on their journey.
Trans Youth Family Allies (TYFA) is an international resource with local roots in Indianapolis. TYFA "empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities, to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected." TYFA is a wonderful resource for parents, educators, and healthcare practitioners looking for support and information. You can reach out to TYFA through email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by calling 888-462-8932.
IXE is a gender support group located in Indianapolis that meets monthly for a social meeting and is open to all "gender conflicted persons, their family, spouses or SO's excluding no one." You must be 21+ to be a member. IXE also offers a monthly newsletter with helpful information and resources.
Indiana Transgender Wellness Alliance (ITWA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advocacy, health, education, and empowerment of transgender adults, families, and youth in Indiana.
The GLBT National Help Center is a 20 year-old non-profit organization, which operates, among other programs, the GLBT National Youth Talkline.
They have launched a new transgender youth program called the "Trans Teens Online Talk Group."
Through their national hotline, they receive calls from trans youth from all across the country who don't have access to any local resources and are feeling severely isolated and alone. To meet this need, they have expanded their services for trans youth through a new online talk group, helping to end isolation and loneliness for trans youth.
The Trans Teens Online Talk Group is a live, moderated group chat for trans youth ages 12 thru 19, operating each Wednesday from 4-6 pm, pacific time. It is available at www.GLBThotline.org/transteens
This new program is designed to be a safe place that allows trans youth to talk freely about concerns and issues, with others their own age, providing support for one another, and helping each other know they are not alone.
We hope you will be able to help us spread the word on this new exciting program that helps to make life easier for isolated transgender youth from all across the country.
The University of Southern California's online MSW team has recently created a Diversity Workshop Guide, which contains six training activities designed to better one's awareness of culture and identity for not only themselves but for those around them. The guide was constructed in order to cultivate a conversation concerning social justice and socially constructed labels.
The goal is to promote this tool in order to help community leaders navigate through difficult and complex issues.
Local Therapeutic Resources
Transformations is a therapeutic group for trans* individuals that provides a safe and supportive therapeutic experience for participants to discuss issues related to, beginning, or continuing the process of transitioning. Participation in this group can be used as a component of an individual's therapy requirement prior to HRT or medical transition services. The cost of group attendance is $25, and participants must be 18+. Most insurances are accepted. Email or call 317-557-5091 for more information
If you are a therapist serving the trans* population in Indiana and would like your information listed as a resource, please let us know!
Helpful Information for Trans* Individuals
Helpful Information for Parents & Providers
Gender Spectrum provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens. Gender Spectrum includes legal, medical and mental health, social services, athletics and child and family information.
The Center of Excellence for Transgender Health is a great resource for healthcare providers and all those working to improve trans* health.
World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), formerly the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association, provides evidence-based standards for trans* health.
T-Vox is a Wikipedia-like website with the goal to, "provide the most comprehensive advice, information and support website on the internet for genderqueer, intersex, transgender and transsexual people, their friends and their family." T-Vox is divided into a wiki, forum, and chatroom. There are also podcasts and a news service for headlines from around the world.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's published guidelines to employers on best practices regarding restroom access for transgender workers.
The U.S. Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services issued guidance that stated that insurance must provide people with preventive care appropriate to their anatomy regardless of what gender is listed in their health records or on their I.D.
GenderSpectrum, ACLU, Human Rights Campaign, National Education Association, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights have developed a best practice guide for supporting transgender students in a k-12 public school setting that is free to download online!
Looking for additional information? Have suggestions for groups or great resources we should highlight? Let us know!