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208 W 13 St
New York, NY 10011
212.620.7310

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Mon–Sat
9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sun
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

ABOUT GENDER IDENTITY

The Center's Gender Identity Project offers a healthy environment in which transgender and gender non-conforming people, as well as their partners and families, can connect with others who are going through similar experiences. Through a range of transgender-driven support, advocacy, outreach and education initiatives, the Gender Identity Project creates a safe atmosphere for community-building, wellness and leadership development.

Gender identity programming at The Center also provides an opportunity for trans-identified individuals to interact with other trans-identified and allied service providers. If you are looking for powerful role models, trans-friendly resources or support from your peers, The Center is here to help.

Transgender COMMUNITY

TRANSGENDER BASICS

DEFINING TRANSGENDER

TRANSGENDER RESOURCES

 

For more information on our gender identity services and programs, please contact The Center at 646.556.9300 for more information.

Transgender RESOURCES

The Center offers a wealth of resources for our transgender and gender non-conforming communities in New York City. From health and legal resources to a glossary of terms and support for families, friends and partners, The Center is your resource hub.

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TRANSLATINA GROUPS & SERVICES

The Center’s gender identity programming includes dedicated services and counseling for our TransLatina community. From gender transition education and counseling to letters of support and referrals, The Center is here to help our TransLatina community address the important and pressing issues they may face.

TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY

The Center hosts a range of support groups for our transgender and gender non-conforming communities. From groups that discuss birth gender and reassigned gender to support for the TransLatina community and the family and friends of someone who is transgender, The Center has a group for you.

To learn more about gender identity groups at The Center, please visit our Community Calendar.

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TRANSGENDER BASICS

By now, we have all heard the word "transgender" in the media, through personal experience or in a social context like school or work, but what does it really mean? Well, the truth is that the term transgender means different things to different people. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t agree upon a basic understanding of what it means to be transgender.

“Transgender Basics” is a 20-minute educational film reviewing the concepts of gender and what gender means to transgender people. Two providers from the Gender Identity Project discuss concepts of gender—sex, identity and gender roles—and members of our transgender community share their personal experiences of being trans and genderqueer.

While the film addresses service providers and others working with the LGBT community, it also provides a fascinating glimpse into gender and identity for the general public.

It was the constant fight of me saying 'there is nothing wrong with being this kind of girl,' as opposed to, 'well, I'm not a girl.' Nicco Beretta, participant in the “Transgender Basics” video
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DEFINING TRANSGENDER

  • Transgender, at its most basic level, is a word that applies to someone who doesn't fit within society's standards of how a woman or a man is supposed to look or act.
  • Transgender may be used to describe someone who was assigned female or male at birth, but later realizes that label doesn't accurately reflect who they feel they are inside.
  • This person may now live life as a man or woman, or may feel that their gender identity can't be truly summed up by either of the two options we're usually given (male or female).
  • They might feel like they're in between those two options; both male and female; or outside the two-gender system entirely—neither male nor female.
  • In this sense, it applies to those who feel they don’t fit within society's standards of how women and men are supposed to look and act (gender non-conforming).
  • Transgender is a relatively new word, but it’s not a new concept. Gender non-conforming people have existed in many time periods and cultures.
  • A transgender identity is not dependent upon medical procedures.
  • Some transgender people have surgeries, or take hormones, to bring their body into alignment with their gender identity. But, many do not and that doesn't mean they're not transgender.
  • You might think someone is transgender, but this is a personal identity that some people claim and others do not.
  • Wait to see how someone self-identifies (or ask, respectfully) before assuming.

For more information, visit the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Transgender Glossary of Terms.

VIEW GLAAD Transgender Glossary

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TRANSGENDER RESOURCES

If you have questions about gender identity or you are looking for information about transgender health and legal resources, The Center is here to help. From self-identified, trans-friendly therapists and healthcare providers to legal services and transitional housing, The Center has the resources you need.

RESOURCES FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS & PARTNERS

It’s not only our transgender community members who have questions and need support, but also friends, families and partners. The Center offers affirming support through group and one-on-one counseling for those looking to better understand the challenges a transgender person may encounter, or to connect with others in the extended transgender community.

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