Q: Do you have any resources for cross-dressers?

A: Yes, although the resources best for you will vary depending on what you are want.

For support, information, community resources, see our resources for transgendered persons or call our switchboard for more specific resources.

Q: Do you have any resources for transgendered people?

A: Yes, although the resources best for you will vary depending on what you want.

First, a definition… Transgender is used as an umbrella term that includes female and male cross dressers, transvestites, drag queens or kings, female or male impersonators, pre-operative, post-operative or non-operative transsexuals, masculine females, feminine males, all persons whose perceived gender or anatomical sex may be incongruent with their gender expression, and all persons exhibiting gender characteristics and identities which are perceived to be androgynous.

Some people include intersexed people in the transgender community: people born with sex chromosomes, external genitalia, or an internal reproductive system that is not considered ‘standard’ for either male or female. However, intersex is always a biology issue and transgender is usually about gender identity and so is usually considered a separate community these days. See the linked page for more information.

Here are some resources…

  • Transgender SF
    Group for transgender persons, cross-dressers, transsexuals, and their partners. Has referrals database of trans-friendly providers. Although many people in the intersex community believe that transgender is an entirely separate category from intersex, TGSF provides community, support, and education for transgender persons and their partners, and explicitly include intersexed people in their organization. Monthly meetings last Thursday of month in San Francisco, CA, and occasional educational programs on Wednesday evenings.
  • Pacific Center
    Community center for sexual minorities based in Berkeley, CA. Social activities. Drop-in and closed support groups for bi, gay, lesbian, transgender, youth & questioning. AIDS education, testing & counseling.
  • New Leaf
    New Leaf provides counseling and psychotherapy to the transgendered community as well as the gay, lesbian, and bisexual community. Long and short term therapy available, as well as group and couples’ services. Social, support and discussion groups for people over 55 years old. Women’s & men’s substance abuse services; women’s & men’s HIV services; Mental health services; Gay & lesbian outreach to elders; Clinical training program; Psychiatric services.
  • San Francisco Sex Information (SFSI) — You’re on our web site! We are a free information and referral switchboard providing anonymous, accurate, non-judgmental information about sex. If you have a question about sex, we’ll either answer it or refer you to someone who can. Our volunteers undergo extensive training in all aspects of human sexuality, from reproduction and birth control to safer sex practices to HIV to issues about sexual and gender identity. We are toll-free in the USA. Learn more about calling us or emailing us.