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Transgender Kids
Article & video on transgender kids

At SunServe our mental health professionals understand the unique challenges facing anyone who does not fit into the cultural assumptions about male and female. There are options at SunServe for you if you are…

A mature trans-woman or trans-man who has transitioned long ago and just need some help dealing with the challenges of day to day life
A gender variant young person who does not fit the binary mold of male-female and searching for a place where you can be accepted just as you are
An MTF or FTM seeking consultation in the process of transitioning and/or the assessments your medical provider is requiring before giving you services.
In need of a community of support with others who share your struggles and challenges.
Simply seeking a better understanding about gender roles, expectations and identity in the confusing world of hostility, bigotry and judgments.
It Gets Better Project
See inspiring videos in the national It Gets Better Project
SunServe follows the Standards of Care of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (formerly Harry Benjamin Society) in the delivery of care for transitioning clients. We start from a place of support and acceptance. Our goal is to help you come to a successful resolution in your journey of transitioning. Some of our clients just need reassurance that their gender differences are OK and look for nothing else but support and encouragement. Others need a therapist who will really listen to their experience and then serve as a guiding companion in relating to medical providers for hormones and body modification.

We can help you set up a program that includes identifying your own way of “passing” whether on target gender hormones, or just cross dressing to get an understanding of what life can be like when the world sees how you feel on the inside expressed in your clothes and your self-presentation. That can be done whether, or not, you are on activating hormones. We can include your spouse, friends, or family members in that care if that is what is needed for your personal process

SunServe has good working relationships with the medical providers that transitioning clients will need for hormones or body modification procedures. You, your SunServe therapist, and your medical provider become a cooperative team committed to getting you the best care possible. We provide the documentation your medical provider will require in order to initiate medical treatment for transitioning.

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Transgender Advisory Council (TAC)
Mission of the TAC: The Transgender Advisory Council (TAC) is a voluntary group of gender-variant advisors, loved ones, service providers, and health planners that guide the overall development of SunServe’s transgender services – identifying community concerns and ideas, helping the staff problem-solve, and providing suggestions on policy and program directions.

Role of Advisors: SunServe is looking toward the advisors with consideration of their expertise and experience to offer insights and program ideas, and to nurture a comprehensive, accepting, and affirming practice of transgender care.

Make-Up of Members: Our TAC is diverse including a mix of ages, races, sexualities, and religious beliefs. The committee is comprised of those who are Male to Female, Female to Male, Two-Spirited, those who do not fit the binary gender roles, partners of those who are transgender, and allies.

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Individual, Couples, and Family Counseling

SunServe's therapists can help you whether you are just beginning to ask personal questions about gender that are new to you or have transitioned years ago and need help dealing with the challenges of day to day life. We also assist spouses and families who are struggling to understand and accept all the challenges that gender transitioning involves. Just call our intake line and our staff will be ready to assist you in finding the right counselor and psychotherapy service for you.

Visit our Counseling page for more details.

Support Groups
Support Groups

SunServe's support groups are an important part of the process of transitioning. And they are often the best place where trans-folk can share experiences and support for one another. Groups frequently become resource gold mines for addressing practical questions about passing or the more complex issues about relationship challenges or strategizing about how to deal with difficulties in school, family or the workplace. Support groups are the place where you can be just who you are and everyone there will “get it.”  We offer a Gender Bender group for Youth, and a Transgender Support group for adults.

Visit our Support Groups page for more details.

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Local Resources

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida
Broward T-House
Drag it Out
Equality Florida
Safe Schools South Florida
Stonewall Library, Museum, and Archives

SunServe’s Transgender Advisory Council is working with various agencies to provide accurate and detailed instructions for the name change process. While this work is being done, here is an informative article to assist you: South Florida Gay News

Stonewall National Museum & Archives


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Broward Health Department T-Online Community
Broward Department of Health T-House

The MISSION of T-HOUSE is to benefit Transgender and gender-questioning residents of Broward County by: (1) Providing quality information regarding HIV testing, HIV/AIDS related services and providers; (2) Providing problem-resolution and service-linkage assistance regarding service access; (3) Providing important Transgender community information regarding events, activities and news features, and; (4) Providing cultural competency training to service providers so they have the tools to address the needs of transgender clients.

The VALUES of T-HOUSE assert that: (1) All Transgender and gender-questioning persons who are eligible for Ryan White funded services should possess quality barrier-free service access, and; (2) All such persons deserve to receive services in a manner that both respectfully acknowledges and accommodates their self-expressed gender identity.

Broward Passes Trans Amendment Ordinance
Broward County commissioners voted unanimously Feb. 12, 2008 to amend the county’s Human Rights Act to include anti-discrimination protections for transgender people and pregnant women. The 9-0 vote brings to an end the long struggle to include transgender men and woman as a protected class. The amendment defines the class as “identity, appearance, expression or behavior of an individual, regardless of the individual’s assigned sex at birth.”

Broward is now the third county behind Monroe and Palm Beach in Florida to approve the gender identity protections. Oakland Park, Wilton Manors, Miami Beach and Miami all have municipal ordinances that include gender identity and expression in their laws.

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National Resources

These links are for information only and represent the approaches, opinions, and thoughts of the web site sources. They are from highly respected organizations. These links, however, do not constitute an endorsement, nor do they necessarily reflect the beliefs of SunServe. We strongly advise that you seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health condition. (Links provided courtesy of Whitman-Walker Health, Washington, DC.)

Center for Excellence for Transgender Health
Gender Management Service (GeMS) Clinic
Gay & Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) - 10 Things Transgender Persons Should Discuss
Hudson’s FTM Resource Guide
Human Rights Campaign Transgender Info Page
International Foundation for Gender Education
Lambda Legal
Laura’s Playground
National Center for Transgender Equality
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
Quick Tips for Caregivers of Transgender Clients - provided by FORGE
TransGender Care
Transgender Law and Policy Institute
Transgender Primary Care Protocol
The Transitional Male
World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)

Mission Statement:
As an international multidisciplinary professional Association the mission of WPATH is to promote evidence based care, education, research, advocacy, public policy and respect in transgender health.

Vision Statement:
The vision of WPATH is to bring together diverse professionals dedicated to developing best practices and supportive policies worldwide that promote health, research, education, respect, dignity, and equality

WPATH has established internationally accepted Standards of Care (SOC) for the treatment of “gender identity disorders.” These internationally accepted guidelines are designed to promote the health and welfare of persons with gender identity disorders. The Standards of Care are updated and revised as new scientific information becomes available. The latest revision, SOC Version 6, was released February 20, 2001. Click here to order your very own copy!

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Spiritual Resources

Hay House Radio
Sunshine Cathedral Metropolitan Community Church


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