What is Transgender?
Transgender is a term to describe one’s gender identity. Someone who identifies as transgender, or trans, does not identify with the gender they were assigned at birth. Someone who is transgender may also identify as nonbinary, genderqueer, bigender, or something else.
One of the most important aspects of an individual's transition is those that support them. Being an ally to transgender people includes respecting others' pronouns, chosen names, and correcting others' mistakes and disrespectful comments. Trans allies are very important in a trans person's support system and can make them feel safe and accepted.
Transgender Day of Visibility
Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) is March 31st. TDOV is a day to celebrate, recognize and appreciate your transgender friends, family, and coworkers. To celebrate, you can educate yourself on transgender history, donate to supporting organizations, or join a local group that supports the trans community.
Mental Health and Support
Transgender youth are at a much higher risk of depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts due to social stigma and lack of acceptance. The links below are support resources for transgender individuals.
Trans Lifeline: (877) 565-8860
Trevor Project: (866) 488-7386
GLBT National Youth Talkline (youth serving youth):
GLBT National Hotline: (888) 843-4564
National Runaway Safeline: 800-RUNAWAY (800-786-2929)
A directory of trans-affirming health and legal service providers in the south.
A directory of trans-friendly medical, mental health, and other providers by state and practice.
A directory of LGBTQ+ friendly health providers by location.
A comprehensive list of transgender health resources, mental health providers, and support groups in Virginia.