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Gender Transition Resources in Orange County

Informed Consent Healthcare Services at The Center OC

Orange County now has a community based and Trans* affirmative health and wellness program provided through a collaboration of the Center OC, Metamorphisis Health Care Center, and 
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 LGBTIQ 

[email protected]

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
Case Management
Peer Mentorships
Community based Support SErvices
Outreach, Engagement
Support and Discussion Groups
Health and Wellness Activities
Educational and Vocational Support 

Legal Help

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

The Conscious Parent's Guide to Gender identity by Darlene Tando, LCSW

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 Green

Transgender 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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