Resources

Professionals, organizations, groups and materials for trans people and trans allies. I only add something if I've either used it myself and can recommend it, or if I know through a trustworthy source that it's credible and highly regarded. Most of the resources that rely on a physical location are in NYC.

Images link to external sites unless a button is present.

 

Hotlines

A few numbers anyone can and definitely should call if they find themselves in crisis, or contemplating suicide.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255

  • Available 24/7
  • Free and confidential
  • No risk, nothing lost. Just someone to talk to.

Trans Lifeline 

US: 1-877-565-8860
CA: 1-877-330-6366

By trans people, for trans people.

  • Pacific time: 8am to 2am
  • Mountain time: 9am to 3am
  • Central time: 10am to 4am
  • Eastern time: 11am to 5am
  • Alaska time: 7am to 1am
  • Hawaii time: 6am to 12am
  • Some operators may be available off-hours

Mental Health

Erin Mccarron
LCSW, SIFI

Psychotherapist, Coach, Consultant

Erin is a trans ally who spent time early in her career as a therapist working with LGBT people at The Center. She's talented, professional, incredibly warm and always positive. Perhaps the only question you'll have left after working with Erin for some time is, "How can a person be this awesome??" 

I'm still working that out. Stay tuned. Who's analyzing who, Erin? Huh?? Ok wait maybe I need another session...

Lisa Hochberger
MSW, MEd

Sexologist, Sex Educator, Sex Therapist

Lisa's smile may be the only thing that radiates off of her as much as her warmth and friendliness. She's beyond passionate and a highly respected expert in her field, having been featured in publications like The Huffington Post and Refinery29, among others. 

Fun fact: Lisa and I actually went to high school together and by incredible coincidence reconnected around the time Samplings launched. 

 

Kelly Wise
LCSW-R, Ph.D., CST

Coach, Sex Therapist, Psychotherapist

Kelly is a proudly out trans therapist who wants to be for others what he didn't have: a supporter and role model for anyone working through their sexuality or gender identity. 

From his site:  "I want to create a safe environment where people can discuss their desires, fears, dreams, and beliefs about themselves. I believe that personal growth and self reflection come from support, guidance, and nurturance."

Carolanne Marcantonio
LMSW

Carolanne grew up in the subculture of punk, which helped her learn at a young age the importance of honoring our sexual being in order to embrace our full body and mind health. She believes strongly in feminism, sexual empowerment, sex positivity and LGBT+ equality.

Carolanne will work with you wherever you are at in your life and customize her clinical techniques to meet your needs.


Substance Abuse & Addiction

DrugRehab.com

While I haven't personally made use of their services, I thoroughly researched these guys and vetted them via online reviews and a conversation with one of their representatives.

They're both capable and credible, and as for inclusivity, according to their Outreach Specialist, "Our staff is educated and trained to respond to cultural sensitivity. We have recovery specialists ready to take calls at any time, who are there to assess each individual's needs. Rest assured your readers would be going to a safe space."

 

Medical

Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery

Impressively, Mount Sinai offers an entire medical center tailored to trans patients. They're home to primary care doctors, endocrinologists, surgeons, and other professionals specifically educated on and familiar with trans identities and gender transition. They even have their own pharmacy for LGBT+ patients.

Manhattan Cryobank

A trans-friendly cryopreservation facility with fair pricing, and a friendly, professional and knowledgeable staff.


Name and Gender Change

The National Center for Transgender Equality

ID Documents Center

This site offers guidance for updating your legal name and gender markers in any US state.

Sylvia Rivera Law Project

"How to Change Your ID Documents for Trans, Gender Non-Conforming, and Intersex (TGNCI) Individuals"

This page is specific to New York agencies.


Voice Training

Christie Block
MA, MS, CCC-SLP

Christie goes above and beyond as a voice specialist. She's an expert at helping trans people succeed in what would otherwise be a very difficult aspect of transition. A trans ally herself, she's a pleasure to be with and will help get you where you want to be while making sure you feel good about yourself through the process.

Located in NYC, Christie also offers remote sessions.

 

Cosmetic Services

N4 Med Spa
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Not only does N4 offer more cosmetic services than I can list in a semi-symmetrical block of text, the people who work there are something special. Effective, reasonably-priced services performed by trained specialists in a  friendly and comfortable atmosphere means there's a decent chance you'll run into me here (with Allie of course) at pretty much any time.

 

Berkowits School
Forest Hills, Queens

These guys are the OGs of permanent hair removal. Pretty much everyone I've encountered who's trained in electrolysis or laser hair removal got their training and certifications here. They offer competitive rates on services for clients as well, especially if you're open to working with a student (your option). 

Affordable Permanent Electrolysis
By Shelly Mayron
Chelsea, Manhattan

A trans woman herself, Shelly is the go-to electrolysis expert in the NY trans community. Her rates are competitive and she's honest and friendly.

 

General

The (NYC LGBT+) Center
West Village, Manhattan

First and foremost a safe and welcoming environment for anyone who identifies within the LGBT+ umbrella, The Center offers an enormous roster of support groups, career services, professional clinics, events and wellness programs for people of all backgrounds, ages, interests and needs.

The Center embodies a magical idea built into a gorgeous physical space. Their website is full of helpful resources and educational materials. This is a great first step for anyone exploring their own identity or dipping their toe into LGBT+ issues.

 

Susan's Place

Started by a trans woman, this free, donation-based site is where tons of trans, gender non-conforming or questioning people go to learn about themselves from the experiences of others. Susan's Place features a forum to rival Reddit, with millions of posts covering countless topics.

In addition the site offers news and resources relevant to the community, and is a relatable and encouraging place to go for support, advice and information. 

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The National Center for Transgender Equality

A trans advocacy site offering free information and resources for trans people and trans allies.

From their website:
The National Center for Transgender Equality is a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people.

Transgender Resources by the New York Times

The Times has collected a page of over 50 resources for trans people or those questioning their gender identity, grouped by purpose for easy discovery.


TGNC-Friendly Companies

These companies participated in The Center's 2018 TGNC career fair to explicitly show their acceptance of and interest in hiring trans and gender non-conforming folks. This is in no way an exhaustive list and remember, in most states discrimination is illegal! 

  • Ali Forney Center
  • All Metro Health Care
  • AMIDA Care
  • Anti Violence Project
  • Automic Gold
  • Callen Lorde Community Health Center
  • The Center
  • DCAS
  • The Empire State Building Observatory
  • Friends of The Highline
  • Housing Works
  • Institute for Family Health
  • JCCA
  • Mount Sinai
  • New York Life Insurance
  • Northwell Health
  • NYC Commission on Human Rights
  • NYC Department of Health
  • NYU Langone
  • Princess Janae Place
  • Public Health Solutions
  • Sprint
  • Translatina Network
  • Wells Fargo

 

This page is a work in progress! I add to it as I discover more great resources. If you notice a widely-used and credible resource is missing, send me a message with detailed information (like a description and why you think it should be listed) using the 'contact me' button in the left-hand menu.