The latest - learning more about and eventually putting together a guide to LGBT mental health resources in Southern New Hampshire.
It all came about after speaking with a client, who during our first meeting expressed ambivalence about her gender identity. (At this moment, she is still using her biological gender feminine pronoun). We spoke about it briefly and how it might link to the pattern of her depressive symptoms. Her level of distress and situation fit the criteria for Gender Identity Disorder.
Next appointment, she says that she has many friends who have transitioned female to male and that she is jealous of them. She vocalizes that she really feels like a boy but is fearful of the consequences of 'coming out completely'. I reinforce my availability, saying that I am here to support her in whichever decision she makes. I also recommend she address her thoughts in her next therapy session. She mentions being interested in hormonal treatments, maybe surgery.
What I found using Google, was not much.
At this point, I've put a few calls out to centers that offer LGBT specific services asking for known resources/guides. A peer, also gave me some information for a local hospital who works with folks wanting to transition. I'll post more as I get my hands on it.
A group that amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. They offer a Transgender Glossary.
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health
WPATH is an international multidisciplinary professional association working to promote evidence based care, education, research, advocacy, public policy and respect in transgender health. They host a TransMedicine Discussion Listserv for medical professionals.
Center of Excellence for Transgender Health
The mission of the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health at the University of California - San Francisco is to increase access to comprehensive, effective, and affirming health care services for trans and gender-variant communities. This organization offers a list of guidelines and best practices for healthcare providers
LGBT Medical Education Research Group @ Stanford University
LGBT-MERG has a mission to be a significant contributor to the field of LGBT health by creating and communicating new knowledge through innovative research, by influencing health and educational policies, and by advocating for LGBT patients and providers.
National Coalition for LGBT Health
The Coalition is committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals through federal advocacy that is focused on research, policy, education, and training.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention's LGBT Site
Provides information and resources on some of the health issues and inequities affecting LGBT communities.