Transgender Resources


Trans-forming the church: Blessed bodies and gender justice
Reconciling Ministries Network, 2017
“Trans-forming the church” is meant to help you and your faith community begin the conversation about how to support trans and gender non-conforming people in your church and in society at large. Led by Rev. Liam Hooper, this ten-video series builds on personal experience, scripture and theology, and gender theory to empower you to deepen your understanding of God’s call on all of us to trans-form the church.   Read and watch online

Seven Things I'm Learning about Transgender Persons
Rev. Mark Wingfield, 2016
I don’t know much about transgender issues, but I’m trying to learn. How about you? How much do you really know about this subject beyond all the screaming headlines and concerns about who goes to the bathroom where?   Read online   Read PDF

Painful Lessons from a Pastor's Viral Transgender Post
Rev. Mark Wingfield, 2016
“Does God still love me?” That is one of the most painful questions I have been asked in the past two weeks after writing a commentary that went viral and made me a most unlikely spokesperson for the transgender community and their families.   Read online   Read PDF

Answers to Your Questions about Transgender People,  Gender Identity, and Gender Expression
American Psychological Association, 2014
What does transgender mean? Transgender is an umbrella term for persons whose gender identity, gender expression or behavior does not conform to that typically associated with the sex to which they were assigned at birth.   Read online   Read PDF

An Expert Answers 8 Frequently Asked Questions About Being Transgender
Katherine Speller for MTV, 2015
To answer some questions and dispel some common misconceptions, MTV News spoke with Nick Adams, a transgender man and the Director of Programs and Transgender Media at GLAAD.   Read online (Be sure to click the Read More link.)   Read PDF

Transgender FAQ
Human Rights Campaign, 2016
What does the word “transgender” mean? Transgender – or trans – is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity or expression is different from those typically associated with the sex assigned to them at birth (e.g., the sex listed on their birth certificate).   Read online

Science in transition: Understanding the biology behind gender identity
Sarah Hampson for The Globe and Mail, 2015
Research into the biological underpinnings of gender identity is now concluding what transgender people have said all along: It's how our brains are wired.   Read online   Read PDF

Transgender: Fact or Fiction?
Alison Hudson for Skeptoid Media, 2015
Transgender has become a hot topic in the media of late. From the success of shows like Transparent, to gossip column rumors about Bruce (now Caitlyn) Jenner, to political debates over bathroom bills and civil rights legislation, transgender people--those whose gender identity does not align with their birth-assigned gender--are getting a lot of attention.   Read online   Read PDF

Understanding the Transgender Community
Human Rights Campaign, 2016
Transgender people come from all walks of life. We are dads and moms, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. We are your coworkers, and your neighbors. We are 7-year-old children and 70-year-old grandparents. We are a diverse community, representing all racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as faith backgrounds.   Read online   Read PDF

Tips and Strategies for Meeting the Needs of Transgender Youth
Advocates for Youth, 2002
No single group has gone more unnoticed by society, or abused and maltreated by institutional powers, than youth with transgender needs and feelings. With the exception of its attention to child labor and child abuse or neglect law, our society has relegated children to a class virtually without voice or rights in society.   Read online   Read PDF

An Ally's Guide to Terminology: Talking About LGBT People & Equality
GLAAD and the Movement Advancement Project, 2011
The words we use to talk about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and issues can have a powerful impact on our conversations. The right words can help open people's hearts and minds, while others others can create distance or confusion.   Read PDF

Transgender Terminology
National Center for Transgender Equality, 2014
Terminology within the transgender community varies and has changed over time so we recognize the need to be sensitive to usage within particular communities.   Read online   Read PDF

Here's what most people get wrong about the transgender community
Corinne Segal and Eric Krupke for PBS NewsHour, 2015
More Americans than ever know someone who is transgender. In a new survey by the Human Rights Campaign, 22 percent of survey respondents said they know or work with someone who is transgender, an increase from 17 percent last year.   Read online   Read PDF

The quiet revolution behind the word 'transgender'
PBS NewsHour, 2015
Alex Myers grew up as Alice, a girl, in rural Maine. In the mid-'90s, during the summer between junior and senior years at boarding school, Myers came out as transgender, starting the process of embracing his true gender identity.   Read online   Read PDF

Is gender identity biologically hard-wired?
PBS NewsHour, 2015
At an early age, 8-year-old Skyler Kelly began to let his parents know that what he looked like on the outside, a girl, is not how he felt on the inside. The science of gender identity isn't fully understood, but new research points to a complex set of factors, including biological ones.   Read online   Read PDF

Trans 101: Information for Trans Public Education Campaigns
Freedom For All Americans Education Fund, 2016
The success of campaigns for nondiscrimination protections hinges on the effectiveness of efforts to build familiarity with, and understanding of, transgender people. Misrepresentations of transgender people have been used to stop nondiscrimination protections and even repeal existing laws that protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.   Read online   Read PDF

Resources: Transgender
Human Rights Campaign, 2016
A list of at least 65 more resources for and about the transgender community.   Read online