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7 Empowering Transgender Resources & Organizations in Los Angeles

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A growing number of transgender people in Los Angeles are deciding to come out and share their stories thanks to the increasing acceptance of transgender individuals. But even while LGBT tolerance is expanding on regional, national, and global levels, transgender people still face many issues that continue to affect the everyday lives of transgender individuals; from sexual orientation discrimination at work, to finding proper healthcare, and even combating violence based upon gender identity.

Thankfully a number of transgender organizations, support groups, and other resources are focused on improving the lives of transgender individuals living in Los Angeles and beyond. The following Los Angeles transgender resources are helping to empower LA's transgender community through advocacy, community organizing, LGBT suicide prevention initiatives, educational opportunities to families of transgender individuals, and much more.

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A growing number of transgender people in Los Angeles are deciding to come out and share their stories thanks to the increasing acceptance of transgender individuals. But even while LGBT tolerance is expanding on regional, national, and global levels, transgender people still face many issues that continue to affect the everyday lives of transgender individuals; from sexual orientation discrimination at work, to finding proper healthcare, and even combating violence based upon gender identity.

Thankfully a number of transgender organizations, support groups, and other resources are focused on improving the lives of transgender individuals living in Los Angeles and beyond. The following Los Angeles transgender resources are helping to empower LA's transgender community through advocacy, community organizing, LGBT suicide prevention initiatives, educational opportunities to families of transgender individuals, and much more.

Los Angeles Transgender Resources & Organizations

1.) FTM Alliance of Los Angeles

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FTM Alliance of Los Angeles is a community-based organization that is dedicated to the empowerment of the female-to-male transgender community, and increasing visibility and acceptance of transgender men in Southern California through activism, advocacy and education. The organization provides resources, support and leadership opportunities to transgender people who were assigned female at birth or in childhood who no longer feel the label is complete or accurate. They also provide resources to significant others, families, friends, and allies. Through education, advocacy, and activism, we are committed to creating a society where everyone is free to choose and express their own gender.

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2.) Gender Justice LA

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Gender Justice LA is a grassroots organization that is building the power of the Los Angeles transgender and gender nonconforming community. The organization uses community organizing and leadership development to pursue and make concrete changes in the lives of transgender people, but especially low-income trans people of color. GJLA envisions a safe and just society for all transgender and gender nonconforming people, and recognizes the mutual dependence of racial, economic, and gender-based liberation.

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3.) Gender Wellness of Los Angeles

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Gender Wellness of Los Angeles (GWLA) is a counseling practice that is devoting to working with both clients and their families who are coping with issues related to gender identity. The practice has 20+ years of experience in working with transgender people, gender-nonconforming individuals, gender variant adolescents and those who are exploring their sexual orientation. GWLA is led by Casey Weitzman and supported by a team of consultants that include massage therapists, doctors, lawyers, voice coaches, life coaches, personal shoppers, and more. The practice also offers one-on-one counseling, group counseling, family counseling, psychiatric evaluations and medication management. GWLA can also provide the required letters for hormone replacement therapy and sex confirming surgery.

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4.) Los Angeles Gender Center

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With over 20 years of experience, the Los Angeles Gender Center has a deep commitment to advocacy and the empowerment of transgender individuals and communities. LAGC is LA's first center to dedicate their efforts to the exploration of gender and sexuality. The center provides an environment of support, understanding and safety for those who are exploring these issues, and specializes in gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, sexuality, relationships and intimacy. LAGC and its therapists are experts in the field and have offered trainings for professionals and institutions including universities, workplace settings, shelters, hospitals and more.

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5.) Los Angeles LGBT Center: Trans Lounge

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The Los Angeles LGBT Center's groundbreaking education, empowerment and social program, Trans Lounge, specifically serves the Los Angeles transgender community. Trans Lounge offers transgender people workshops, labs, groups and events - all of which are free to attend. The major difference between Trans Lounge and other transgender education and empowerment programs is that members have a say on which programs they'd like the organization to schedule, creating relevancy and higher member counts at their various events. Best of all, members can attend programs with other transgender individuals who share their interests.

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6.) PFLAG Los Angeles

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Transgender people will find a supportive community at PFLAG Los Angeles. The organization offers a variety of support meetings and events to members that include people who are transgender, gender nonconforming, gender questioning, gender creative, gender queer, gender fluid, and transsexual. Parents, family members, friends, and allies of transgender and gender noncomforming persons are also welcome. Recently, PFLAG Los Angeles started a satellite meeting called PFLAG Gender Focus to help individuals who are dealing with issues of gender identity and feel they are still minorities. The satellite meeting helps end that isolated feeling with leaders experienced in transgender issues and knowledgeable about resources for those with a variety of gender experiences.

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7.) Transforming Family

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The mission of Transforming Family is to empower children and families to create supportive and inclusive environments in which gender may be freely expressed and respected. Each month, Transforming Family offers a support group to families with gender diverse children, adolescents where gender identity issues are openly explored. Parents can raise questions, discuss challenges, seek and share resources and listen to others' experiences. By actively sharing experiences, Transforming Family hopes to discover how families and community can best support transgender and gender nonconforming youth.

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Additional Transgender Resources & Meetup Groups

  • Gender Proud - Focuses on telling new and empowering stories about the trans experience. Global work seeks to empower marginalized transgender communities around the world, to advocate for their own legal rights.
  • Human Rights Campaign: Transgender Resources - Links to helpful resources, articles and more for transgender people and their families.
  • Meetup.com: Transgender-Friendly Meetups in Los Angeles - Meet and hang out with other transgender people in Los Angeles who share your interests.
  • National Center for Transgender Equality - The nation's leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people.
  • SoCal Queer Events - Connects people to transgender and queer things to do in Southern California.
  • Trans Lifeline - A 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the well-being of transgender people. The organization offers a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people.
  • TransYouth Family Allies - Empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected.

What other Los Angeles transgender resources and organizations would you add to our list? Let us know in the comments.

The passionate employment attorneys at Hennig Ruiz volunteer their time to the Los Angeles LGBT community. In addition to those efforts, we are dedicated to protecting LGBT rights in the workplace. If you feel you've been discriminated against or harassed on the job due to your sexual orientation, contact us for your free consultation today.

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