Educate Yo’self

Take the time to surf the web and read further about transgender issues and identities. Here are links, seperated by category. Got a link? Send it to me! rdrew.philly [at] yahoo [dot] com


Not Your Mom’s Trans 101: In my opinion this page is really informational and useful, a little bit of a harsh read for someone who really doesn’t know anything about transgender identities and issues at all. However, if you’ve got thick skin and are up for learning more about real trans issues, check this page (as well as the rest of the blog) out:

T-Vox: A wikipedia-like resource for information on transgender identities. In my opinion, some of the information is a little opinionated, but there is a lot of good information on there. I would use the site to open your mind, but I wouldn’t gobble up everything they have to say.  Check out the Trans 101 portion of the page.


Dan Savage: Amazing gay sex columnist.  Read his columns and download the equally awesome podcast! Content relates to people of all sexualities and gender identities.

Scarlet Teen, Sex Education for the Real World: A fantastic resource for your questions on sex and sexuality. 

Violet Blue: A high-profile sex-positive activist and writer.

Jiz Lee: Blog of the awesome, beautiful, extremely kind and wonderful genderqueer, polyamorous adult video performer

Sugarbutch Chronicles: The sex, gender, and relationship adventures of a kinky queer butch top

Buck Angel: The blog of Buck Angel, a FTM transsexual porn star.  He’s a porn star, yes, but also an extremely intelligent sex-positive and transgender advocate and educator that frequently appears in the media. His blog has an amazing list of links to check out.

Pucker Up: Website of Tristan Taormino, a famous sex-positive feminist porn director.

Sex toys: Here’s the top online sex toy and DVD retailers.  Both are well established, queer-friendly and sex-positive: Babeland & Good Vibrations



That’s What Ze Said: Blog on being genderqueer and living outside the gender binary.

Genderfork: A really great, simple blog that fosters community and discussion for those living outside the gender binary

Stuff Queer People Need to Know: A regularly updated blog that contains nationwide information on LGBTQIA laws, politics, culture, etc. that is presented in an easy-to-ready way.


Black Girl Dangerous: From their website – “Black Girl Dangerous seeks to, in as many ways possible, amplify the voices, experiences and expressions of queer and trans* people of color.” They also have a Tumblr and Facebook page.

Brooklyn Bois: A very well-known East Coast art collective that focuses on the work of people of color who identify masculine of center.

Trans Griot: Blog by trans activist Monica Roberts. From the website: “News, opinions, commentary, history and a little creative writing from a proud African-American transwoman about the world around her.”

Note: I am just starting to build this section up so please check back soon.



Kate Bornstein’s Blog for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws: The blog of Kate Bornstein, an amazing and well-known transsexual author and activist.

Everyone is Gay: A really awesome advice website for dealing with queer and allied issues.

It Gets Better: The online user-driven web project started in 2010 by Dan Savage that provides a sense of community, hope and compassion for LGBTQIA  individuals, who as a result of where they live, may suffer homophobia and bigotry and have no other source of support.



My Husband Betty: The website of Helen Boyd, who has authored a few books about her husband’s transition from male to female (look her up).  A great place for queer and trans discussion and updates with great message boards.

PFLAG (Parents of Lesbians and Gays) and TNET (Transgender Network): From PFLAG’s website: “We, the parents, families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, celebrate diversity and envision a society that embraces everyone, including those of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. Only with respect, dignity and equality for all will we reach our full potential as human beings, individually and collectively. PFLAG welcomes the participation and support of all who share in, and hope to realize this vision.” PFLAG and the Trans sector TNet.

How to get your hands on a Transman: An article written about the etiquitte of dating a transman. I would also recommend reading some of it if you are the friend/loved one of a transman (just try not to get weirded out when they talk about sex stuff). Great, straightforward insight into how some things make trans men feel.


National Lesbian and Gay Task Force: A grassroots activist organization that focuses solely on LGBTQIA issues. and

Human Rights Campaign: Possibly the largest LGBTQIA grassroots organization that works with and/or against the government to ensure our civil rights.

Intersex Society of North America:A space for information and community surrounding intersex conditions

Sylvia Rivera Law Project: An organization that works to secure and uphold the legal rights of gender non-conforming individuals, specifically those of low-income situations and different ethnic/racial backgrounds.

WPATH, World Professional Association for Transgender Health: The website current worldwide medical and psychological standards that transgender are held up to before they can medically or in some cases legally transition in any way.  A controversial subject.


Gender Reel: The East Coast’s first and only annual art and film festival dedicated showcasing work for, by and about the transgender and gender variant community. Originated in Philadelphia, now held in multiple cities every September. (P.S. I’m one of the organizers)

San Francisco Transgender Film Festival: From their website – “The San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (SFTFF) screens films that promote the visibility of transgender and gender variant people and challenge the mainstream media’s negative stereotypes of our communities. We provide opportunities for transgender and gender variant media artists, build community through our film and performance events, and engage our audiences in cross-community dialogue.” One of the best online queer magazine’s around. Intelligent, fun, articles abound!

Original Plumbing Magazine: A really awesome quarterly print magazine for ftm’s. Features interviews, modeling, stories, sometimes art and fiction. Really well-done and well-known.

Pop-up Museum of Queer History: An amazing online historcal archive of our rich LGBTQ heritage.



Trans Health Conference: Quite possibly the largest transgender conference in the nation (world?)  The conference, held in June at the Convention Center courtesy of the Mazzoni Center, is 100% free and offers workshops and discussions on transgender health and wellness in mind, body, spirit and community.

The Self Made Men: From their website – “we educate and promote awareness of our existence, needs and normalcy to individuals and groups both in the GLBT and Allied communities. Mirrored to this cause, our biggest concerns lie with the support and mentoring of other transgender people as a resource to transitioning and dealing with everyday life.”

Jim Collins Foundation: A foundation that gives financial awards to qualified transgender individuals to help lessen the burden of surgery costs.

Blitz Trans: A very extensive online resource guys for transgender folks.

Hudson’s FTM Guide: This is the first website I ever visited when I was questioning myself as a transgender individual


William Way Community Center: The city’s gathering space for members of the GLBTQIA community.  Features peer support groups, a LGBTQIA library, art exhibits and much more.  Location: 1315 Spruce St Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Spruce and Juniper Streets in Center City) Contact info: 215-732-2220,

Mazzoni Center: Philadelphia’s health and wellness center geared specifically toward the LGBTQI population.  Features primary health care needs as well as counseling, legal support, HIV and STD testing, education and support groups.  Sliding scale therapy and health care available.  Location: Counseling Center: 21 S 12th Street, Philadelphia PA 19107 Health Center: 809 Locust Street, Philadelphia PA 19106 Contact info: 215-563-0652,

ActionAIDS: A local organization that works with people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS to sustain and enhance their quality of life.  Location: 1216 Arch Street, 6th Floor, Philadelphia PA 19107 Contact info: 215-981-0088,

Council for Relationships (CFR): Offers low cost individual and couples therapy and wellness classes.  LGBTQI and other sex therapy offered at the CFR’s Institute for Sex Therapy Contact Info: 215-382-6680,

Women’s Therapy Center: Offers sliding scale individual and couples therapy. Queer and trans knowledgeable.Location: The Philadelphia Building 1315 Walnut Street Philadelphia PA 19107 Contact Info: 215-567-1111

Planned Parenthood: Offers sexual and reproductive healthcare for women AND men at a sliding scale rate.  LGBTQI knowledgeable and friendly.  Locations can be found all over Philadelphia.  The website is also great for educating yourself on sexual health. Contact info:

Philadelphia Department of Public Health: Multiple health centers all over the city offer free STD and HIV testing, primary health care, mental health care, prenatal/ baby care and dental care to Philadelphia residents. Contact info:

Pink & Blues: A free LGBTQIA support group for those suffering from mental illness and/or addiction. Location: Held Wednesdays from 7-9 at St. Luke and The Epiphany Church 330 S. 13th Street Philadelphia PA 19107 Contact info:

Giovanni’s Room: The country’s oldest LGBTQIA bookstore, right here in Philly!  A great bookstore and even better community space.  Location: 345 S 12th Street, Philadelphia PA 19107 (12th and Pine) Contact info: 215-923-2690

Equality Advocates PA: The only LGBTQIA-focused political advocacy group in PA.  The organization works to better the political landscape for LGBTQI people in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Location: 1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 605, Philadelphia, PA Contact info: 215-731-1447,

American Civil Liberties Union Pennsylvania (ACLU): The country’s foremost nonprofit that protects civil rights for all, especially including the LGBTQI population.  The PA chapter specifically focuses on changing PA laws and helping residents who have been treated unjustly; discrimination, immigration issues, etc.  This is the place to go if you feel your rights have been violated and you would like to take legal action.  Contact info: 215-592-1513,

PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Philly: One of the largest chapters of the national PFLAG non-profit organization.  The group is open to friends and families of LGBT individuals to foster a sense of community and open discussion regarding loved ones’ sexuality and/or gender identity. Location: Meetings are held at the Carriage House, University of Pennsylvania at 3907 Spruce Street, Philadelphia PA 19104 Contact info: 215-572-1833,

Philly Gay Calendar: An online website that is the go-to site to find out anything and everything LGBTQIA that’s going on in Philly.  From bar crawls to sports leagues to support groups, this site’s got it ALL.  Contact info:

Philly Pride Presents: The non-profit organizers of the largest LGBTQIA festivals in Philadelphia, including Pridefest in June and Outfest in October.  Volunteer or check the site for events! Location: 252 S. 12th Street Philadelphia, PA 19107 Contact info: 215-875-9288

Equality Forum: The largest annual international and national LGBTQIA civil rights forum right here in Philly!  Free panels, films and discussions are held at various locations around the city on a broad range of topics concerning the LGBTQIA experience.

Trans Health Conference: Quite possibly the largest transgender conference in the nation (world?)  The conference, held in June at the Convention Center courtesy of the Mazzoni Center, is 100% free and offers workshops and discussions on transgender health and wellness in mind, body, spirit and community.

Philadelphia Qfest: Philly’s annual LGB film festival where you can scope the latest indie LGBT films. Volunteering gets you free screening passes!

Gender Reel Fest: Philly’s annual Transgender and Gender-Non Conforming film and art festival  Contact info:

Sisterspace: A local nonprofit that focuses on the empowerment of women and lesbians.  Features a 3-day women’s festival each year with music, arts and workshops (open to transgender individuals!) Contact info: 888-294-1110,

Philadelphia Dyke March: A political action group for queer women that hosts an alternative women’s parade in conjunction (and as a “fuck you”) to Philly Pride. Contact info:,

Screw Smart: A local sex education group that hosts fun and informative events around the city.

The Leeway Foundation: A local grant organization that provides grants to women and transgender artists.

Passional Boutique: The most well-informed, well-stocked, educational, sex-positive sex shops in the city.  There are two shops right next to each other: a fetish wear boutique and a “sexlporatorium.”  Extremely LGBTQI friendly and informed.  Features classes and workshops. Location: 620 S. 5th Street, Philadelphia PA 19147 Contact info: 215-923-1398

Wooden Shoe Bookstore: A volunteer-run radical bookstore that is LGBTQI-friendly and resourceful.  Location: 704 South Street, Philadelphia PA 19147 Contact info: 215-413-0999

Philly AIDS Thrift: An awesome volunteer-run thrift store and nonprofits that donates its proceeds to local HIV/AIDS organizations. Location: 514 Bainbridge Street, Philadelphia PA Contact info: 215-922-3186,

Stimulus Philly: Region’s largest monthly LGBTQIA dance party at various city locations.

Liberty City Kings: A local queer drag king and burlesque troupe that focuses on using entertainment and comedy to blur gender lines.


Mercy and Wisdom Healing Center: A non-profit community naturapathic medical center where you can receive primary and transgender care (including hormone perscriptions) on a sliding scale basis. $25 a visit for low-income individuals. Dr. Leslie Nicholas is the doctor who sees transgender patients there, and she is fabulous and cares deeply about her patients.

Outside In: A social service agency in Portland that works with homeless youth and marginlized populations. They have a trans clinic where you can receive medical care and hormones. They will also help you with meals, housing, education, employment, etc.

Q Center: Portland’s established LGBTQ center. There are two FTM peer support meetings that take place, and other MTF and transfemme support groups. Multitude of other peer support groups, including addiction groups.

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