Resources and Self Advocacy

This page is intended to empower individuals who are looking for transgender/gender diverse friendly care providers for mental and/or physical health needs, as well as legal services. Finding providers can be difficult, and oftentimes online databases may be out of date due to the nature of clinical work; providers may change locations, may be at capacity, have a change in insurance procedures and other factors. This guide offers resources, databases, and considerations to help.

Resource Databases

  • Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA)
    The GLMA offers a provider directory that lists providers who are welcoming to the LGBTQIA2+ community and knowledgeable about the unique health needs and concerns. All GLMA providers have to affirm their commitment to creating a welcoming environment for the LGBTQIA2+ community.

    Kaiser Permanente Northwest Gender Pathways Clinic
    Provides comprehensive healthcare to transgender and gender-expansive patients who are Kaiser Permanente members. Patients 18+ can self-refer by calling to set up an appointment.

    Legacy Health Transgender Clinic
    Portland-based health care providers committed to providing safe, affirming and comprehensive health care to transgender, gender diverse and intersex communities.

    Outcare Health
    Outcare Health has a directory of providers with experience and knowledge of LGBTQIA2+ needs. They include providers who meet 5 culturally competent criteria to support the LGBTQIA2+ community, as well as public health resources by location.

    Outside In
    Provides affirming care
     for transgender, non-binary, intersex and gender non-conforming people ages 13-14 with a guardian and 15+ with no guardian. Email transinfo@outsidein.org or call (503) 535-3860 to connect.

    OHSU Transgender Health Program
    Provides referrals to trans-inclusive physical and mental health providers in Portland and Beaverton as well as care for transgender youth once a month across Oregon and southwest Washington (call (503) 418-5170 for locations and dates). Also provides training to medical and mental health providers.

    Portland Therapy Center
    Portland metro area database for mental health providers. Search by specialty, zip code, and accepted payment.

    Psychology Today
    A database of mental health care providers that can be refined to search by location, topics experienced in, insurance and more.

    TransPonder
    TransPonder’s resource directory includes crisis resources, surgeons, gender-affirming bodywork, faith centers, medical care, mental health services, and more.

    World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)
    WPATH’s online provider directory can help you find transgender-affirming providers. Simply enter information about where you live and the type of healthcare provider you’re looking for.

  • Brave Space, LLC
    Portland-based organization that provides professional care, groups, resources and more. They also have an online database of providers and other resources in and around Oregon.

    PDX Q Center
    Portland-based organization that provides information, support groups and resources. They have an online database of resources (Oregon only).

    CenterLink LGBT Community Center Member Directory
    This is a database with info on LGBTQIA2+ community centers all around the world. Enter your location, find the community center nearest you, and call them for healthcare provider recommendations.

  • Pediatric Gender Clinic Database
    Compiled by TransActive Gender Project

    Gender Center Database
    Compiled by the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Trans Health Project

  • Visit the provider’s website. Do they use LGBTQIA2+-affirming language? Do they state clearly that they support trans/gender diverse populations?

    Don’t be afraid to ask the positionality/identity (gender, race, etc.) of a potential care provider. For some, it is important to work with those who hold similar identities as themselves.

    Is there an online review system where you can see the feedback of other clients they have served? If so, what do others have to say about their experiences?

    Word of mouth is one of the best ways to find providers who are actually inclusive and do not just claim to be. See if there are local groups you can join in order to network with others who may have great recommendations for providers.

    Trust your instincts: if you don’t have a good feeling about a provider’s ability to support you, keep looking. Providers who are allies will be happy to answer your questions and ensure your comfort.

    • Do you have a nondiscrimination policy?

    • Does this doctor regularly work with [insert identity marker(s) here], or would I be one of the first?

    • Does your facility have gender-neutral bathrooms?

    • Do any LGBTQIA2+ employees work on staff?

    • Are your staff and provider(s) trained to support LGBTQIA2+ clients? If so, how and how often?

    • What types of health insurance are accepted? Is there a sliding scale or self-pay available?

    • Do you provide Letters of Support/Documentation for [insert treatment/procedure/need for documentation here]?

    • For transgender/gender non-conforming youth: Do you need my parent’s consent for services if I am over 15 (the Oregon age of medical consent)?

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Legal Resources and Family Law Information

Legal practices with a specialty in LGBTQIA2+, transgender, and gender non-conforming support services


Literary Resources

  • Movement Advancement Project (MAP)
    A comprehensive compilation of literature for parents and family members of gender-diverse children. Includes guides for practical ways to support transgender youth and resources specific to communities of color and families of faith.

    “Guide to Being an Ally to Transgender and Nonbinary Youth”
    A brief guide created by The Trevor Project, introducing best practices, terminology, and ways to support trans and nonbinary youth.

    Portland Public Schools LGBTQIA2+ Resources for Parents/Guardians and Families
    A comprehensive list of resources for parents and loved ones of transgender, gender non-conforming, and LGBTQIA2+ youth in Oregon.

    The Transgender Child by Stephanie Brill & Rachel Pepper
    Provides foundational knowledge for parents, professionals, and caregivers about transgender youth, including real-life examples and practical information.

    The Transgender Teen by Stephanie Brill & Lisa Kenney
    A continuation of The Transgender Childincluding topics specific to adolescence, questions to raise regarding doctors and surgeons, and a glossary of terms.

    Helping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents by Irwin Krieger
    A guidebook for parents with transgender teenagers by a long-time social worker specializing in transgender youth.

  • Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings
    A follow-up to the children’s book I Am Jazz, Jazz Jennings describes her own journey throughout adolescence as a transgender teen.

    The Gender Book
    A free, colorfully-illustrated online book that delves deep into gender and gender identities. Written for youth 9+ to adults (though younger children may need help with vocabulary).

    Trans Youth Equality Foundation Children’s Books
    A list of featured books for children up to age 10. Additional books can be found here.

    The Trevor Project Gender Identity Resources
    Guides for youth , including resources on understanding your identities, coming out, and how to be an ally.

    The Gender Quest Workbook: A Guide for Teens and Young Adults Exploring Gender Identity by Rylan Jay Testa
    A comprehensive workbook for trangender and gender-nonconforming teenagers with skills, exercises, and activities to address potential struggles related to gender identity.