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PFLAG Publication – Our Trans Loved Ones: Questions and Answers for Parents, Families, and Friends of People Who are Transgender and Gender Expansive
Our Trans Loved Ones is a brand-new, updated resource. Written by PFLAG staff members, and created with the help of content experts, reviewers, and PFLAGers with experience to share, it is full of information, first-person stories, and expert input geared to those who have a loved one who has come out as trans or gender expansive. (Spanish translated publication)

Tips for Allies of Transgender People
Tips that can be used as you move toward becoming a better ally to transgender people.

Transgender Glossary Of Terms – GLAAD Media Reference Guide
Glossary of transgender terms, including terms to avoid (and their alternatives) and defamatory language.

Transgender People, Gender Identity and Gender Expression by the American Psychological Association
Answers to your questions about transgender people, gender identity and gender expression from the American Psychological Association (APA)

U.S. Trans Survey (2015)
With almost 28,000 respondents, the U.S. Transgender Survey (USTS) is the largest survey ever devoted to the lives and experiences of trans people.

Local Resources

Understanding the Transgender Transitional Process: Birth Sex to Gender Identity Online Course Recording from West Virginia University (WVU) Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
Specialists for transgender persons present information on how gender affirmation in youth through adults may be achieved by focusing on genetics and biological, endocrinological, and psychological needs.

West Virginia Transgender Resources
WV Transgender Resources was created in order to provide WV transgender youth and families with easily accessible resources.

UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Gender and Sexual Development Program
Serving children and youth (up to age 26) with questions around gender and sexual identity development and transgender care.

Transgender Children

Transgender Children & Youth: Understanding the Basics
A downloadable list of definitions for terminology relating to LGBTQ+ identities, sexualities, and genders.

How to Know If Your Kid is Transgender by Planned Parenthood
Do you think your son or daughter may be transgender? Learn how to listen to your child, be there for them, and show them that they are loved.


Schools – Know Your Rights
Information about what rights transgender students have at school and how you can advocate for yourself or transgender students in your life.

Schools in Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools
Practical guidance and field-tested tips to parents, educators, administrators, and community members on planning and supporting a transgender student through a Transition at school. The guide is geared toward the needs of all students, kindergarten through twelfth grade, and incorporates recommendations that will allow schools to tailor those plans to the particular circumstances of the student and school.
Student Transitions Page
Download the PDF [PDF]

Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER)
Trans Student Educational Resources is a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment. TSER is the only national organization led entirely by transgender youth.

Document Changes

Name, Gender, and Birth Certificate Changes in West Virginia
Find out how to get a legal name change and update your name/gender on state and federal IDs and records in West Virginia.

Lambda Legal – State-by-State Guidelines on Changing Sex Designation on Birth Certificates
A state-by-state list of requirements and processes to change the sex designation on a birth certificate.

Adult Name Changes in WV – Legal Aid of West Virginia
Requirements for adult name changes in West Virginia.

West Virginia DMV Gender Designation Changes
The WV DMV will change the gender designation on the applicant’s driver’s license or ID card contingent on the submission of this fully and accurately completed form. Find the information under “Changes to Birth Date, Social Security Number” with link to downloadable PDF form.

Correcting a WV Birth Certificate
WV Health Statistics Center resources for changing gender marker on WV birth certificates with link to downloadable PDF form.

For Healthcare Providers

Transgender Identity Issues in Psychology (APA)
American Psychological Association (APA) resources on transgender people and issues, including fact sheets, practice guidelines, ending conversion therapy, and other publications.

Transgender-Affirming Hospital Policies
A publication that provides guidance to hospitals on best practices for care of transgender patients. The report is designed for all hospitals seeking to comply with legal and regulatory non-discrimination mandates and to align themselves with best practices in the field.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Policy Statement: Ensuring Comprehensive Care and Support for Transgender and Gender-Diverse Children and Adolescents
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement on the support and care of transgender and gender-diverse children and adolescents.

American Medical Association’s (AMA) Policies on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ) Issues
The American Medical Association (AMA) supports the equal rights, privileges and freedom of all individuals and opposes discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion, disability, ethnic origin, national origin or age.

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), formerly known as the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association (HBIGDA), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, interdisciplinary professional and educational organization devoted to transgender health.

Religion & Faith

A national nonprofit that is led by transgender people and focused on issues of faith and spirituality.

Organizations & Groups

National Center for Transgender Equality
Leading organization that focuses on legal rights for transgender people.

Transgender Law Center
The Transgender Law Center is the largest American transgender-led civil rights organization in the United States.

Trans Lifeline
Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education.