Information & Resources on Gender Identity
The following resources are provided for your convenience. It is by no means exhaustive. If you are looking for a specific resource, please feel free to contact me. I am frequently updating and adding to the resources.
Mental Health of Transgender Kids Who Are Supported in Their Identities, Olson KR, Durwood L, DeMeules M, et al. Mental Health of Transgender Children Who Are Supported in Their Identities. Pediatrics. 2016;137(3):e20153223
Stopping transphobia before it starts, (4/26/18), article with links to educational video developed by Gender Creative Kids Canada,
Local Parent Support Groups:
Essex/Cape Ann (1st Tuesday of the month 7:00pm)
First Universalist Church of Essex, 57 Main Street, Essex
Contact: Melanie at
Greater Boston PFLAG, Andover Parent Support Group, (2nd Tuesday of month, 7-9pm)
Contact Deb at for details
Seacoast Outright, Parents of LGBTQ+ Support Group, (1st Friday of the month in Portsmouth, NH), 7:15 to 8:45 pm, further information e-mail Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Youth Groups:
McVAGLY (Merrimack Valley Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth), welcomes youth ages 13-23. Check Facebook for updates: Meetings are Mondays, 6:30-8:30 pm at North Parish Unitarian Universalist, 190 Academy Road
NAGLY (North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth), a welcoming group for youth ages 14–23, meets every Tuesday. They also have a middle school group which meets every other Monday, and TRANS-cendence (ages 13-23) meets every other Wednesday. There are parent and educator groups as well. Location: Museum Place Mall, 2 East India Square, Suite #121, Salem MA 01970. Contact: Steve Harrington, , 978.224.2102
Seacoast Outright, LGBTQ+ Youth Group, Fridays (21 & under in Portsmouth, NH) 7-9pm
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT GROUPS for trans kids of all ages and their links can be found at the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC)
Trevor Space, is a free, monitored social and networking site for LGBT youth
Websites on Understanding Gender:
Conferences (family inclusive):
The Science of Being Transgender, (12/13/18) by Science VS
Transgender Friendly Health Care Resources
American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement: Ensuring Comprehensive Care and Support for Transgender and Gender-Diverse Children and Adolescents, (issued September 2018)
Boston Medical Center: Child and Adolescent Transgender Center for Health (CATCH), 617-414-4841
Fenway Health, transgender health program information: Contact (857-313-6589):
GeMS (Gender Management Service) at Children’s Hospital: 617-355-4367
Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Family medicine practice providing care to transgender children and adults (Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Primary Care) Director Ciaran DellaFera, MD; 978-686-0090, 34 Haverhill St., Lawrence, MA 01841
MGH Department of Medicine, Transgender Health Program (launched 10/2018). The clinic, located on the hospital’s main campus, is overseen by Robert Goldstein, MD, PhD. The program will work with colleagues from across the hospital to provide multidisciplinary care for the transgender community. Contact: | 617-643-7210 |
Sidney Borum Junior Health Center, a division of Fenway Health for youth ages 12-29; primary care, transition management, therapy; questions and appointments: 617-457-8140;
WPATH Standards of Care: Flexible standards for transition-related mental and physical healthcare
for trans people.
Gender Dysphoria Affirmative Working Group: The GDA Working Group is a broad coalition of experts who have authored hundreds of papers and books, and worked with thousands of trans youth, adolescents and adults.
Mass Transgender Political Coalition (MassTPC) Educates the public, advocates with state, local, and federal governments, engages in activism, and encourages empowerment of community members through collective action.
LGBTQ+ friendly Crisis Resources:
TRANS LIFELINE: (877) 565-8860
• The Trevor Project (serving youth to age 24): (866) 488-7386
• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255 (online chat available)
• Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741
• The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline: (888)-843-4564
• The GLBT National Youth Talkline (youth serving youth through age 25): (800) 246-7743
Safe Schools Program, Massachusetts Department of Education (DOE) laws and regulations:
Email: Phone: 781-338-6319
HRC Welcoming Schools: comprehensive list of books related to gender broken down by school-age
GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) Organization for students, parents, and teachers that tries to affect positive change in schools.
List of LGBTQ+ Camps (national)