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Getting Started

Here are some recommendations for how you might begin your exploration.

1. The 20 min. video (below) from the LGBT Community Center of New York is a great primer, called "Transgender Basics."

2. You can also browse through the pages of this section for a quick orientation to key concepts. You'll find a menu to the left and a "next" button at the top and bottom of each page to help you complete your a quick review.

3. Each page of this section also has a "Going Deeper" section and links to additional resources you can explore for more in-depth information


Transgender Basics

"Our culture likes to make things simple, and gender isn't." ~ Carrie Davis

Welcome! If you find transgender experiences confusing, you are not alone.  We invite you to explore the resources in this section to develop a better understanding of gender and how it affects all of us. 

This section draws extensively on quality resources developed by other (mostly secular) organizations, but does not address religion, faith, or spirituality.

Our hope is to provide a good starting place for understanding the basics of transgender experience. Beyond the video (below), each page of this section takes on a key topic, providing both summary and in depth information.

You are encouraged to explore at your own pace.

Trans Basics
Gender vs. Sexuality
Beyond the Binary
Labels and Vocabulary
Myths and Sterotypes
Children and Youth
Is it an Illness?