Trans* Resources

Below you’ll find items available in the AIDS Library and resources in Philadelphia. I want to stress that the distinction between info for trans* people and for their providers is not precise.  If you’re looking for something specific, you might want to check both sections.  Or contact us in the AIDS Library and we can work together to find what you need!

(I’m going to use “trans*” as an umbrella term below, even though it describes a lot of different people who identify themselves differently.  When a different term is being used, it’s because I’m quoting the resource.)



  • Always My Child: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Your Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered or Questioning Son or Daughter, by Kevin Jennings & Pat Shapiro – With a chapter called “The Transgendered Teen”
  • Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, by Eric A. Stanley & Nat Smith, Editors
  • The Complete Lesbian & Gay Parenting Guide, by Arlene Istar Lev – With several sections on transgender issues
  • Feminizing Hormonal Therapy for the Transgendered, by Sheila Kirk
  • The Handbook of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Public Health: A Practitioner’s Guide to Service, edited by Michael D. Shankle – With a chapter called “The Whole Person: A Paradigm for Integrating the Mental and Physical Health of Trans Clients”
  • A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals, by the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – With a chapter called “Clinical Issues with Transgender Individuals”
  • Transgender Care: Recommended Guidelines, Practical Information & Personal Accounts, by Gianna E. Israel & Donald E. Tarver II
  • “Transgender Considerations: A Clinical Primer for the Generalist Working with Trans and LGB Patients” – compiled by Arthur Robinson Williams
  • True Selves: Understanding Transsexualism – For Families, Friends, Coworkers, and Helping Professionals, by Mildred L. Brown & Chloe Ann Rounsley


  • How Do I Look: From Fantasy to Reality, by Wolfgang Busch – The 2006 follow-up to Paris is Burning, directed Wolfgang Busch
  • Investigative Reports: Transgender Revolution – An A&E documentary profiling several trans individuals
  • Middle Sexes: Redefining He and She – An HBO documentary by Antony Thomas, narrated by Gore Vidal
  • Paris is Burning, directed by Jennie Livingston – The classic portrait of the trans-oriented ball scene in 1980s New York City


  • “Philadelphia Trans* Resource Guide, 2013 Edition,” created by the Mazzoni Center, also available online at
  • “Changing Your Name and Gender on Identity Documents in Pennsylvania, 2013 Edition,” created by the Mazzoni Center Legal Services, also available online at


GALAEI – Trans Health Information Project provides health and safety workshops, support groups, case management, free HIV & STD testing, and resource referral for transgendered clients. TIP is a program run by and for transgendered individuals. They have drop-in hours, Tuesday and Thursday, 1-4pm at GALAEI, 1207 Chesnut St, 5th Floor. Contact the Co-Coordinators Naiymah Sanchez, 215-851-1760 and Zora Berman 215-851-1763.

PFLAG Philadelphia – T-Net is a support group that focuses on Transgender issues. PLAG meets the 3rd Sunday of every month at the LGBT Center of the University of Pennsylvania, 3907 Spruce St. 215-572-1833 or

Evolutions is a drop-in support group for anyone identifying along the transgender spectrum that meets Thursdays, 6-7pm at the Mazzoni Center, 21 S. 12th St, 8th Floor.  Contact Julia Gottlieb, 215-563-0652 x509.

Sister’s United is a MTF support group run by and for Transwomen that meets Tuesdays 6-8pm at Colours, 112 N. Broad St, 3rd Floor.  215-851-1975 or

Trans Masculine Advocacy Network (TMAN) is a support group for transmen, FTMs, butches, studs, aggressives, bois, gender queer and anyone identifying along the transgender spectrum. TMAN is a group run by and for people of color. The group meets Mondays from 7-9pm at Washington West, 1201 Locust St, 2nd Floor.  215-985-9206.

Transwomen Employment Empowerment Group is a support group for transwomen focusing on emotional support and employment networking.  The facilitators also offer We Transition Too, which is not a group, but a drop-in support service for partners of gender-variant people.  It meets the first Saturday of every month, 2-4pm at Washington West, 1201 Locust St, 2nd Floor. 215-732-1207.

Transway is weekly drop-in social group for anyone identifying along the transgender spectrum and gender nonconforming community on Thursdays from 7-9pm at the William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St.  215-732-2220 or

Young, Trans, & Unified is a closed support group for all transgender or gender non-conforming youth, 13-23, meeting Thursdays 7:15-8:45pm in the library at the Attic Youth Center, 255 S. 16th St. 215-545-4331.

Philadelphia TG, TS, Transgender Meetup Group is a group that’s online at The information at that site is not attributed to any formal organization, but the majority of the events listed are at prominent “gayborhood” establishments.

The Renaissance Transgender Association ( has chapters in Wayne, Mountville, and Trexlertown in PA, and Wilmington in DE, though none in Philadelphia. The Greater Philadelphia chapter meets the 3rd Saturday of every month, 7-8:30pm at “The Woods” Office Complex, 987 Old Eagle School Rd, Wayne, PA. The Wilmington chapter meets the 1st Saturday of every month, 7-8:30pm.  610-636-1990.

In addition to hosting some groups listed above, the Mazzonni Center:

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