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The resources below are useful for families, patients (young patients, in particular), and providers who would like to seek more information regarding all aspects of gender surgery, primary care, mental care, and to connect with support groups. It also provides information on how to find trans-competent and trans-compassionate providers in your local area.

WPATH

WPATH website provides comprehensive information, regarding standards of care, public policy statements, and locating local providers.

Conferences

The following conferences provide a wealth of knowledge to patients and families. They provide information particularly for young patients and guardians who would like more information, guidance, and support groups:

Literature

This book is helpful for young trans patients, as well as guardians and family members who want to gain knowledge that allows them to be as supportive as possible:

Dr. Linda Gromko wrote A Practical Reference for Transgender & Gender-Nonconforming Adults and Dr. Thomas Satterwhite was a contributor for the surgical chaptures. Dr. Gromko is an expert in gender surgery and has been a wonderful health care provider and advocate for the community. This book is available to purchase on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble:

Patient Resources
Patient Resources

UCSF Transgender Care

This website is particularly useful for providers taking care of trans patients. It provides a guide that outlines holistic and comprehensive care for patients, regardless of where they are in their journey:

Guidelines for the Primary and Gender-Affirming Care of Transgender and Gender Nonbinary People

Gender Diversity

Gender Diversity has resources and training options for school educators, employers, physicians, therapists, and other professionals. This site offers educational talks and seminars to learn and understand more about gender diversity and transgender matters.

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TransFamilies is a community for parent groups, events, discussion groups, workshops and for other information relating to families, teenages, and young adults as they transition.

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Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

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There are resources at MarinHealth Medical Center for those that are undergoing gender affirmation surgery. This site has support and information that can give you expert advice to achieve your desired results.

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Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Gender Institute provides health services to the transgender and gender nonconforming community. Patients and their families alike can access the necessary resources they are looking for.

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“Homobiles" is a non-profit organization that provides safe, reliable, and friendly transportation to the LGBTIQ community in the Bay Area. They have helped many of our surgical patients with transportation services.

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The Warm Line is a resource by phone or web chat for California patients that are seeking emotional or mental support.

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Trans Family Support Services offers medical, legal, and social support and resources to patients and families as they navigate their journey of transitioning.

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Full Cup Care was born out of a desire to make reproductive and sexual health support and education more accessible to the LGBTQIA+ community. I offer care during life transitions including pregnancy, birth, gender-affirming medical transitions, and other experiences that impact reproductive health. I am a trained full spectrum doula, a non-medical care professional who provides support, education, and advocacy that is holistic, compassionate, and trauma-informed. All services are offered on sliding scale pricing.

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National Center for Transgender Equality are heavily involved in research to optimize patient care and the health outcomes for transgender people. They do tremendous ground-breaking work in regards to health, advocacy, and policy changes for the transgender and gender diverse community.

This is their mission statement: "The National Center for Transgender Equality advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. In the nation’s capital and throughout the country, NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice."

Align Surgical encourages individuals to donate to help with their amazing work: DONATE HERE

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