Advantage Health Care Services. For more information on social activities, health care, hormone management (no letter required) and mental health care, visit The LGBT Center OC.
1605 N. Spurgeon
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Orange County Funded Services for LGBTIQ714-517-6100
OC Accept is an Innovation Project funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). The program provides community based-supporteive services to individuals who are strugling with and/or self identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and /or Questioning (LGBTIQ) and the important people in their lives.
OC ACCEPT seeks to provide a safe environment with acceptance and compassion for individuals to express their feelings, build resilience, be empowered, and connect with others for support.
OC ACCEPT also seeks to raise awarenes and reduce stigma by providing educaiton about the LGBTIQ population to the community at large.
OC ACCEPT provides:
Short term individual or family counseling
Community based Support SErvices
Support and Discussion Groups
Health and Wellness Activities
Educational and Vocational Support
Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund
is committed to ending discrimination based upon gender identity and expression and to achieving equality for transgender people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, community organizing and public policy efforts.
Transgender Law Center (TLC) is a civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities. Every day they connect transgender people and their families to technically sound and culturally competent legal services, increase acceptance and enforcement of laws and policies that support California's transgender communities, and work to change laws and systems that fail to incorporate the needs and experiences of transgender people.
Get help with: drivers license and name change; social security card and passport changes; coming out at work; transitioning at work; and health advocacy.
Support, Information and Advocacy
FTM Alliance of Los Angeles, Inc. is a community-based organization dedicated to empowering the female-to-male [FTM] transgendered community,and to increasing the visibility and acceptance of FTMs in Southern California. They provide resources, support, and leadership opportunities to people assigned female at birth or in childhood who no longer feel that label is complete or accurate, as well as our significant others, families, friends, and allies. Through education, advocacy, and activism, they are committed to creating a society where everyone is freeto choose and express their own gender.
Orange County Transgender Coalition
seeks to unite transgender and allied groups fostering greater collaboration to effectively address the physical, emotional, and social needs of the transgender community.
Links to groups for FTM and MTF, endocronologists, therapists, surgeons and vocal coaching.
Affirmative Resources for LGBT People with Disabilities
Standards of Care
The Harry Benjamin Standards (WPATH) of Care
These clinical standards are the ethical and clinical guidelines by which most surgeons, endocronologists, and therapists work with transgendered clients. They are standards - and not meant to be rigidly applied. You can discussany question you have regarding these with your provider to learn more about how they approach their work in this area and the criteria they use. Download Standards here
Information For You and Your Loved Ones
Gender Education and Advocacy (GEA)
is a national organization focused on the needs, issues and concerns of gender variant people in human society.
Choices Counseling & Consulting
Website of author Arlene Istar Lev-Transgender Emergence; a comprehensive text on the subject of therapy with gender variant people and their families.
Below is an article from her site:
Transgendered People and Their Families by Arlene Istar Lev
Finding the right Therapist
Dr. Lev also addresses how to find the right gender therapist in the following article: TherapyGuidelines
Recommended Reading: Gender and Families
Gender Identities in A Globalized World by Ana Marta Gonzalez
Two Spirit People edited by Wesley Thomas
Transforming Families : Real Stories about Transgendered Loved Ones by Mary Boenke
She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jenny Finney Boylan
Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg
Gender Warriors by Leslie Feinberg
Female Masculinity by Judith Halberstam
Transgender Voices: Beyond Women and Men by Lori Girshick
Gender Outlaw by Kate Bornstein
Becoming a Visible Man by Jamison GreenTransgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working with Gender Variant People and Their Families by Arlene Istar Lev, LCSW
Labor of Love: The Story of One Man's Extraordinary Journey by Thomas Beattie
She’s Not The Man I Married by Helen Boyd
The Transgender Child by Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper
Out of the Past: Gay and Lesbian History from 1869 to the Present by Neil Miller
Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serano
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