4 Ways to Find Gender Identity Support

Written by Jen Bell

  |  Reviewed by Mason Dunn

Remember that all aspects of your identity are important and as far as possible, try to find resources, community, and stories that speak to your experience. Here are some people who might be able to help:

#1 – Find a Trusted & Supportive Adult

Are there any adults you know who are transgender or trans-friendly? This could be a family member, doctor, teacher, school counselor, coach, therapist, religious or spiritual mentor, or one of your friend’s parents.

To find a therapist who can understand what you are going through, look to see if you live in a city that has a LGBTQIA+Q+ health center nearby. You can contact them to see if they have a therapist on staff, or to see if they have a therapist they can refer you to. If there is a community center for LGBTQIA+Q+ youth in your area, they may also have a list of LGBTQIA+Q+ friendly therapists, support groups, or counselors. The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association maintains a list of LGBTQIA+Q+ friendly providers as well. They2ze is a mobile app designed to help trans and questioning youth to find informed and inclusive doctors and therapists.




#2 - Support Groups

Written by Jen Bell

  |  Reviewed by Mason Dunn

Support groups can offer a friendly space to connect and share experiences with other young people.

  • Gender Spectrum offers groups for trans, nonbinary, and gender expansive teens (ages 13-19), teens of Color, and pre-teens (ages 10-12), as well as for their parents, caregivers, and other family members (in English and in Spanish).
  • Stand with Trans hosts weekly online groups for trans youth (ages 9-22) and their parents.
  • Trans Teens Online Talk Group is a weekly moderated group for trans and gender expansive youth aged 19 and younger.
  • Trans Youth Equality hosts online youth support groups which are open to all trans and non binary youth aged 12-16.

#3 - Online & Telephone Counselors & Hotlines for Trans Youth

Written by Jen Bell

  |  Reviewed by Mason Dunn

Need to talk anonymously with someone caring and respectful? Call one of these hotlines. You can talk about anything, including your gender identity, romantic or sexual orientation, relationship issues, bullying, problems at work, HIV/AIDS, STDs/STIs, anxiety, safer sex information, suicide, and much more.

#4 - Find Community

Written by Jen Bell

  |  Reviewed by Mason Dunn

Meeting other people who are transgender or nonbinary can be life-changing, validating, and fun! You might even make some new friends.

Trans & nonbinary youth

You can find local LGBTQ+ youth groups by checking The GSA Network, PFLAG, and GLSEN. If you want to chat with trans and questioning teens online, try Q Chat Space, TrevorSpace, or the LGBT National Help Center Youth Chatrooms.

Older transgender & nonbinary people

Local LGBTQ+ centers can be a great place to get information and resources, find a community, and meet people who have already experienced what you’re going through. Visit CenterLink or GLBT near me to see if there’s one near you. The Gender Spectrum Lounge is an online space where transgender and questioning teens and their family members can find community and form their own chat groups.