National Center for Transgender Equality,

Transgender Law Center,

Lambda Legal,

National Center for Lesbian Rights,

GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), 

American Civil Liberties Union,

Sylvia Rivera Law Project,

Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund,

Press for Change,

Scottish Transgender Alliance,

Gender Identity Research & Education Society,

Republic of Ireland:
Transgender Equality Network Ireland,

Continental Europe:
Transgender Europe,

Human Rights Watch (reports, by country or region):

Global Action for Trans* Equality,  


Transgender Legal & Policy Matters: General Resources

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Identity Documents 

How to change your Social Security records:  

How to change your passport: 

How to change your immigration documentation:

National Center for Transgender Equality:

NOTE: For specific State and Local laws and regulations write or call National advocacy or Legal organizations for referrals to State organizations. 


Schools In Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools: 

Know Your Rights: A Guide for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Students: kyr 20120508.pdf 

The Library: ACLU LGBT Youth and Schools Resources and Links: 

How to file a Title IX complaint with U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights: 

Questions and answers on OCR's complaint process: 

Questions and answers on Title IX and single-sex classes and activities: 

OCR complaint forms (electronic and PDF): 

Model district policy on transgender and gender nonconforming students: 

GLSEN Sports Project: 

Employment: Federal Workers 

For federal employees: How to file a federal discrimination complaint with EEOC: complaint processing.cfm 

For federal employees: OPM guidance on transgender federal employees: 

For federal contractors: Know Your Rights on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination: LGBT JRF QA 508c.pdf 

For federal contractors: U.S. Department of Labor directive on transgender employees: 02.html 

For federal contractors: How to file a discrimination complaint with OFCCP: 

Employment: General 

OSHA best practices guide on restroom access for transgender workers: 

Find out whether the EEOC is the right agency to help you: 

Time limits for EEOC complaints: 

Find your EEOC field office: 

LGBTQ+ Inclusive Language: What It Is and Why It Matters in Healthcare:


HUD housing discrimination info: offices/fair housing equal opp/LGBT Housing Discrimination 

Guidance for transgender people in shelters: 

Find your HUD field office: 

HUD complaint process: offices/fair housing equal opp/complaint-process 

File a HUD complaint online: discrimination or print and send in this HUD complaint form: 12150.pdf 

Healthcare and Insurance 

Detailed info on your healthcare rights: 

How to file a federal healthcare discrimination complaint with EEOC: 

How to file a federal healthcare discrimination complaint with HHS: 

HHS decision affirming Medicare coverage for transition related healthcare: 


ACLU/NCTE guide for transgender parents and their children: 

GLAD legal Q&A for children of transgender parents: 

Lambda Legal FAQ about transgender parents: 

Police, Prison, and Jail 

Info for deaf or hard of hearing people: 

ACLU/NCLR Know Your Rights guide for transgender prisoners: PDF version document/121414-aclu-prea-kyrs-1 copy.pdf 

ACLU PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) toolkit: PDF version document/012714-prea-combined.pdf 

Find a certified PREA auditor:

Legal Organizations 

American Civil Liberties Union LGBT & HIV Project (National/state offices): 

National Center for Lesbian Rights (National): 

Lambda Legal (regional offices in D.C., Seattle, Los Angeles, New York City, Atlanta): 

Transgender Law Center (California and Atlanta): 

Sylvia Rivera Law Project (New York City): 

National Center for Transgender Equality (National): 

Gay and Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (New England States): 

NOTE: For specific State and Local laws and regulations write or call National advocacy or Legal organizations for referrals to State organizations.




Listed here are some of the more prominent texts in the field, most of which are non-clinical in nature. Most of these also point to additional texts and resources.

General Transgender Theory & Experience

Mock, Janet (2014). Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More. New York: Atria.

Girschick, Lori B. (2008). Transgender Voices: Beyond Women and Men. Hanover: University Press of New England.

Serano, Julia (2007). Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity. Emeryville: Seal Press.

Valentine, David (2007). Imagining Transgender: An Ethnography of a Category. Durham: Duke University Press.

Stryker, Susan & Aren Aizura, eds. (2013). The Transgender Studies Reader 2. New York: Routledge.

Stryker, Susan & Stephen Whittle (2006). The Transgender Studies Reader. New York: Routledge.

Valerio, Max Wolf (2006). The Testosterone Files: My Hormonal and Social Transformation from Female to Male. Emeryville: Seal Press.

Green, Jamison (2004). Becoming a Visible Man. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press.

Wilchins, Riki (2004). Queer Theory, Gender Theory: An Instant Primer. Los Angeles: Alyson Books.

Rose, Donna (2003). Wrapped in Blue: A Journey of Discovery – a memoir. Round Rock: Living Legacy Press.

Namaste, Vivian K. (2000). Invisible Lives: The Erasure of Transsexual and Transgendered People. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Cromwell, Jason (1999). Transmen & FTMs: Identities, Bodies, Genders & Sexualities. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.

Prosser, Jay (1998). Second Skins: the body narratives of transsexuality. New York: Columbia University Press.

Bornstein, Kate (1994). Gender Outlaw: On men, women and the rest of us. New York: Routledge.


Transgender History

Stryker, Susan (2017). Transgender History, second edition: The Roots of Today’s Revolution. Berkeley: Seal Press.

Stryker, Susan (2008). Transgender History. Berkeley: Seal Press.

Meyerowitz, Joanne (2002). How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Feinberg, Leslie (1996). Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to RuPaul. Boston: Beacon Press.


Transgender Law & Policy Texts

Levi, Jennifer L., & Monnin-Browder, Elizabeth E. (Eds.) (2012). Transgender Family Law: A Guide to Effective Advocacy. Bloomington: Authorhouse.

Bender-Baird, Kyla (2011). Transgender Employment Experiences: Gendered Perceptions and the Law. Albany: State University of New York Press.

Weiss, Jillian T. (2007). Transgender Workplace Diversity: Policy Tools, Training Issues, and Communication Strategies for HR and Legal Professionals. North Charleston: Booksurge Publishing.

Currah, Paisley, Juang, Richard. M., and Minter, Shannon P. (Eds.) (2006). Transgender Rights. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.


Health, Medical, and Psychology Texts

Witten, Tarynn M., and Eyler, A. Evan (2012). Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Aging: Challenges in Research, Practice & Policy. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Ehrensaft, Diane (2011). Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender-Nonconforming Children. New York: The Experiment Publishing.

Ettner, Randi, Monstrey, Stan, & Eyler, A. Evan (Eds.) (2007). Principles of Transgender Medicine and Surgery. New York: The Haworth Press.  Second Edition (2016), Ettner, Monstrey, & Coleman, Eli (Eds.)

Lev, Arlene Istar (2004). Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working With Gender-Variant People and their Families. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Clinical Practice Press.


Children and Adolescent (for Adults, by non-clinical authors)

Brill, Stephanie and Pepper, Rachel (2008). The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals. San Francisco: Cleis Press.

Beam, Chris (2007). Transparent: Love, Family, and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers. Orlando: Harcourt, Inc.


Children and Adolescent (for Youth, by non-clinical authors)

Rainess, Seth Jamison (2015). Real Talk For Teens: Jump-Start Guide to Gender Transitioning and Beyond. Transgress Press.



Greenberg, Julie (2012). Intersexuality and the Law: Why Sex Matters. New York: NYU Press.

Karkazis, Katrina (2008). Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience. Durham, Duke University Press.

Preves, Sharon E. (2003). Intersex and Identity: The Contested Self. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

Dreger, Alice Domurat (1998). Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

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