Highlighting Online Resources for Trans Communities and Allies

March 30, 2022

March 31 is Trans Day of Visibility, an annual event that sheds light on the widespread discrimination faced by trans people around the world; celebrates the resilience, progress, and contributions of trans individuals and communities; and encourages allies to stand in solidarity and advocate together for change.

The links below represent some highlights of the many guides, directories, and research reports that Arcus grantee partners produce as part of work to help community members navigate complex healthcare and legal systems, be better activists, and nourish mental health.

Research on rights and experiences
  • OutRight International’s frequently updated resource page for trans, intersex, and nonbinary rights features content ranging from blogs to episodes of OutRight TV to reports on the state of trans rights in different countries. For example, Over Policed, Under Protected, co-authored by OutRight and United Caribbean Trans Network (UCTRANS), documents challenges experienced by trans and gender-diverse communities in 11 countries of the Caribbean.

  • The Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide project by Transgender Europe (TGEU) features several research initiatives, including Trans Murder Monitoring, a systematic collection, monitoring, and analysis of reported killings of gender-diverse and trans people worldwide, last updated in November 2021.

  • The Trans Legal Mapping Report from the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) details the impact of laws and policies on trans people around the world. The latest edition highlights how laws in 143 countries recognize the rights of trans and gender-diverse people to change identity markers on official documents, and also provides information on laws criminalizing trans identities.

  • Depathologizing Gender Identity Through Law, a publication from GATE (Trans, Gender Diverse and Intersex Advocacy in Action), outlines how legal depathologization of trans and gender-diverse people is valid and achievable.

  • Global Philanthropy Project’s Meet the Moment analyzes a review of funding for the global “anti-gender movement” and the progressive philanthropic response.

  • A report from East Africa Trans Health and Advocacy Network (EATHAN) breaks down research on the current state of legal recognition of intersex, transgender, and gender-nonconforming people across East Africa. The report also explores existing barriers to gender-affirming care in the region.

  • Trans Rural Narratives by Gender DynamiX shares the experiences of trans and gender-diverse people living in rural South Africa with the ultimate aim of improving gender recognition in the country and worldwide.

  • Williams Institute’s research on trans communities shows how discrimination and stigma affect the health and socioeconomic well-being of trans people and other gender minorities in the United States.

  • The Grapevine: A Southern Trans Report from Southerners on New Ground (SONG) and Transgender Law Center shares results from a community survey of trans, gender nonbinary, and gender nonconforming residents of the U.S. South.

  • The 2022 U.S. Trans Survey—conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) in partnership with the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), TransLatin@ Coalition, and Black Trans Advocacy Coalition—will document the lives and experiences of trans people in the United States. The 2015 survey attracted the participation of more than 28,000 people, and organizers aim for even higher numbers this time around.

  • Another ongoing U.S. survey, the National LGBTQ+ Women*s Community Survey, is “designed for people who have identified as womxn at any point on their journeys.” Read more about the survey in this Blog.

Mental health resources
  • GSA Network’s page of resources for the health and well-being of trans and queer youth of color provides recommended readings, links to fun and thought-provoking activities, guided meditations, movie recommendations, and more.

  • Transgender Law Center has a special care package for Black trans folks that is full of poetry, beautiful imagery, music, and film shorts—all threaded with wise counsel.

  • The Trans Wellness Zine by youth-led Gender Justice Leadership Programs (GJLP) includes journaling prompts, affirmations, an emergency planning guide, thoughts from trans leaders, and more.

Affirming healthcare and legal services
  • Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF)’s Trans Health Project offers a variety of tools and guides to help trans and nonbinary people find and utilize affirming healthcare.

  • Campaign for Southern Equality’s Trans in the South Guide includes a directory of trans-friendly mental health providers, primary care physicians, HIV care specialists, attorneys, endocrinologists, and more in 13 states across the Southern United States, along with resources to assist with funding medical transition and information about insurance coverage.

  • Transgender Law Center provides a robust collection of resources and publications to help navigate some common trans-related legal issues and challenges in the United States.

Activism and education guides
  • For those wanting to learn more or provide learning materials for others, Kenya’s JINSIANGU has created a Trans Identity Guide that provides simple, clear definitions, explanations, and answers for those with questions around their experience.

  • Gender-Diversity in Young People from South-Africa-based Iranti is a guide for parents outlining ways they can better support, protect, and care for their transgender or gender-diverse children.

  • REDMUTRANS’ Spanish-language primer on gender identity provides a wealth of information on key terms and important issues impacting trans and gender-diverse communities in Guatemala and beyond.

  • GATE and Akahatá joined forces to create a free, online training course Safety, Security, and Wellbeing for Activists.

  • A resource from Outright International provides a detailed breakdown of the concepts and terminology associated with gender identity and expression in all of its diversity.