Resources For Transgender People And Their Friends and Families

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Kinsey Confidential now offers four pamphlets for transgender people and their loved ones, created by Skye Brown.

gender umbrella

Photo: Skye Brown

The trans* umbrella of diverse gender identities, excerpted from the Trans* 101 pamphlet.

Kinsey Confidential has collaborated with Skye Brown to provide some new resource guides for transgender or trans* people (people within the umbrella  of gender non-conforming identities), and their friends and families. Skye is Program Coordinator for Trans* Lafayette, a support and anti-oppression group which serves trans* people and their allies across Indiana, as well as the LGBTQ Outreach Coordinator for the Multicultural Efforts to end Sexual Assault.

The Kinsey Confidential resource pages now offers four excellent PDF pamphlets created by Skye. These booklets are an excellent resource for anyone who wishes to better understand trans* issues. These can be viewed online, or printed into booklets for distribution. Click the links in bold below to view the pamphlets.

Trans* 101 for Significant Others, Partners, Friends, Family, and Allies (SOFFA) of Trans* People

This booklet was made for anyone who is interested in learning more about transgender
identities and experiences and being a better ally, friend, family member, or partner/ significant other to a trans* identified person. The information in this booklet is mostly in a Q&A format and is directed towards people who have little or no experience in trans* issues or with people who identify under the trans* umbrella. If you are not sure what “transgender” or “trans*” mean, this booklet is definitely for you! If you are a trans* identified person, this booklet may be a helpful tool for you to discuss your experiences and identity/identities with those close to you.

Trans* 201 for Significant Others, Partners, Friends, Family, and Allies (SOFFA) of Trans* People 

The sequel to Trans* 101. This booklet was made for anyone who is interested in learning more about transgender identities and experiences and being a better ally, friend, family member, or partner/ significant other to a trans* identified person. The information in this booklet is mostly in a Q&A format and is directed towards people who have little or no experience in trans* issues or with people who identify under the trans* umbrella. If you are not sure what “transgender” or “trans*” mean, this booklet is definitely for you! If you are a trans* identified person, this booklet may be a helpful tool for you to discuss your experiences and identity/identities with those close to you.

Socially Transitioning for Trans* People

This booklet was made for anyone who is questioning their gender and anyone who might
identify as transgender. The information in this booklet is an introduction to trans* identities, how to plan for coming out, how to come out to those close to you, how to navigate things after coming out, information about passing, and information about LGBTQ+ resources that exist in Indiana. Currently, information in this booklet is geared towards those with citizenship or naturalization status, but this booklet will soon be updated with information for those who are undocumented and have non-citizen legal statuses. There is also a booklet called “Legally Transitioning for Trans* People” and a booklet called “Physically Transitioning for Trans* People”.

Legally Transitioning for Trans* People

This booklet was made for anyone who is questioning their gender, anyone who might identify as transgender, is non-binary in their body or identity, or identifies as a gender different than that assigned to them at birth. This booklet contains information regarding things to consider when coming out at work and other professional settings. There is information about changing your legal name and gender marker on your driver’s license, birth certificate, with the Social Security Administration, and on your passport. This booklet currently does not include information for changing documents if you have temporary status or undocumented status but will be updated with this information in the future. There is also a booklet called “Socially Transitioning for Trans* People” and a booklet called “Physically Transitioning for Trans* People.”

Bianca Jarvis

Bianca Jarvis is an MPH student at Indiana University, and the executive editor at MsBehaved.com: "a sex-positive, body-positive, queer-friendly, gender-inclusive lifestyle site with a fierce femme sensibility." Her research interests include health disparities in gender-variant populations, body-diverse wellness, and sexual health and pleasure.
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