Good News! Finally, there is a lot of information out there. What to pick from? Here are some places to start.
- Transsexual & Transgender Road Map. Includes over 1,600 pages of original content to support every aspect of transition. A great guide to many more communities and resources.
- Lynn Conway’s Site. Informational and support site for transgender and transsexual people created by a trans woman. Reflects years of fieldwork and empirical research. However, it does not appear to be getting actively updated.
- World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). Professional organization devoted to the understanding and treatment of gender identity disorders. Produces Standards of Care, now in its seventh edition. Includes a new search tool for locating healthcare professionals. This appears to a new feature.
- Where coming out is concerned, HRC offers several helpful guides: Coming Out in the Workplace as Transgender; Coming Out to Your Doctor; Resource Guide for Coming Out for African Americans; Family & Coming Out Issues for Latinas and Latinos;
- The Transgender Guidebook: Keys to a Successful Transition. Boedecker, Anne L. 2011. — Step-by-step, self-help guide by a licensed psychotherapist who works with the transgender community.
- The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals. Brill, Stephanie and Rachel Pepper. 2008. — Comprehensive guidebook summarizes latest psychological research and offers detailed, practical advice (e.g., what to expect, how to deal with grief, how to talk to doctors and lawyers).
- Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community. Erickson-Schroth, Laura, Ed. 2014. — Modeled after Our Bodies, Ourselves. Its strength is that it is encyclopedic and kaleidoscopic in its coverage. You learn about everything trans from every part of the transgender community. With so many contributors, it can be a bit overwhelming.
- Transgender Family Law: A Guide to Effective Advocacy. Levi, Jennifer L. and Elizabeth E. Monnin-Browder, eds. 2012. Bloomington: AuthorHouse. — A product of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defender’s (GLAD) Transgender Rights Project. Covers full gamut of issues, e.g., changing legal documents, parental rights, divorce, partner violence, and estate planning. Targeted at attorneys but readable by lay readers.
- How to Change Your Sex: A Lighthearted Look at the Hardest Thing You’ll Ever Do. Rose, Lannie. 2004. — Perhaps not as detailed or up-to-date as some other guides, but this book did more than any other to center me on my own personal journey. It also taught me the importance of a sense of humor.