Resources for Transgender, Genderqueer, and Non-Binary Students

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Know Your Rights! Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Youth. The U.S. Department of Education has declared that Title IX's sex discrimination prohibition extends to claims based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypes of masculinity or femininity. Title IX also protects against sexual violence. Complaints of discrimination or harassment can be filed for investigation with the Office of Civil Rights. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to an equal education regardless of your gender identity or expression. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT not to be harassed, victimized, or bullied because you are transgender or gender non-conforming. School faculty are obligated to take action against harassment, victimization, or bullying. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to wear clothing and hairstyles and present yourself in a way that is consistent with your gender identity, as long as you follow rules for appropriate attire that apply to all students. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to privacy concerning your transgender and transition status. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to be free from sexual violence. For more information, go to  Queer Youth of Color. One in three LGBTQ people identify themselves as people of color. 48% of LGBTQ students of color experienced verbal harassment because of both their sexual orientation and their race or ethnicity. 15% have been physically harassed or assaulted based on both of these aspects of their identity. 13% more likely for black LGBTQ youth to be sent to detention or suspended, than non-black LGBTQ youth. College completion rates: 42% for Asian/Pacific Islander LGBTQ students, 59% for Asian/Pacific Islander non-LGBTQ students, 17% for black LGBTQ students, and 25% for black non-LGBTQ students. In their middle or high school years… 79% of LGBTQ youth of color reported that they had interactions with security or law enforcement, compared to 63% of white LGBTQ youth. 20-40% of all homeless youth are LGBTQ. Among them… 44% identify as black and 26% identify as Latino. For more information, go to

  • UCSC Resources

    UCSC Health Center Services

    At the UCSC Student Health Center we care about your health and safety. We are sensitive to how hard it can be to access care. We believe everyone has a right to be treated with care and respect. We encourage you to be open and honest with us so we can assist you in getting the best care possible. Please tell us your preferred name and pronouns. 

    Campus Health Plan

    2018-2019 UC Insurance Information 


    Students who are interested in beginning hormones start by making an appointment with one of our providers with experience in hormone gender reassignment. Call the appointment desk at 831-459-2500. Ask for an appointment to speak to someone about “gender questions.” Several visits are involved before we start hormones. These visits include a physical exam, laboratory studies and evaluation by the provider. 

    Referral Letters

    In addition to visits with the medical provider, students will be referred off-campus to get a referral letter for hormone treatment from a therapist who specializes in Trans* issues. The Student Health Center does require a referral letter to initiate hormones. With a referral from the PCP, the UCSHIP covers most of this fee. The student can expect to have a co-pay for the visits.

    The Health Center is moving toward a modified informed consent model in which students are no longer required to go off campus for a referral letter in order to begin hormone replacement theory. For more information contact Beth Hyde at (831) 459-3952 or Sy Simms at

    Therapeutic Support

    Having a therapist who can support you through the transition process can be extremely helpful. Therapy can also help students work to have a healthy relationship with their families as they transition if this is needed. We encourage students to continue in therapy even after they receive their referral letter; however, this is not a requirement. We work closely with a community of therapists dedicated to supporting people with gender transition. Another important source of support for gender transition is the Lionel Cantu GLBTI Resource Center. In addition to resources, the Cantu center hosts the weekly Blender group.

    Hormone Consent

    After the initial visits, exam, labs, and referral letter are complete, hormones can be started. The student and their clinician will review the consent for hormones so that student fully understands the risks and consequences of taking hormones. A signed consent acknowledging that the student understands these risks and consequences is the final step to obtaining a prescription for hormones. 

    Ongoing Care

    During the transition period, the student will meet regularly with their medical provider to determine that there are no unexpected consequences from the hormones. The student will need to have regular blood tests. Regular visits give students the opportunity to discuss the changes they are experiencing and their experience of these changes. When the student approaches graduation, the medical provider will work with the student to plan care after graduation.

    Transfer of Care

    If you have already started hormones somewhere else, have your records sent to the UCSC Student Health Center before you have your first appointment. We will require a referral letter from a therapist as well. We will want your shot records and most recent lab work. Students continuing on hormones who have not obtained prior medical records should make an appointment with a clinician to discuss their on-going care. For help transferring your records, call our Medical Records office at 831-459-3063.


    Students who are interested in surgery will be referred to specialists off campus. For insurance coverage it is necessary to have this referral. Insurance also requires a letter from the SHS medical provider and the therapist’s referral letter. Some specialists may require additional documentation. Insurance requirements and coverage vary year to year. The student can expect to pay a deductible and some percentage of the cost of surgery. The specialist office and our SHS Insurance Office will help the student understand their coverage. This is important so the student can plan for their out-of-pocket costs.

    Legal Gender and Name Changes

    We can complete the necessary paperwork for name and gender change for driver’s license, passport, social security number or other documents.

    Gender Change Without Surgery or Hormones

    Some people live as their authentic gender without hormones or surgery. It can be just as important for these people to change legal documents to match their authentic gender. It is not necessary to take hormones or have surgery to make these changes. Please make an appointment with a provider who has experience in gender issues to discuss this if appropriate. 


    UCSC Counseling and Psychological Services Tel: (831) 459-2628

    Crisis Services
    Tel: (831) 459-2628

    Mental Health Self Help

    Support Groups

    Blender – Trans Support Group at UCSC
    Blender is a support group for trans and questioning people to come together to collaborate, discuss, and support each other. Whether you are actively out, just recently questioning, or are simply looking for a community, we are the place for you. Come join us for practical advice on transitioning or coming out; watch a movie with us; or plot to take over the world. It’s all up to you! Hope to see all you lovely people there! We meet on Friday’s from 5:30pm-8:30 pm at the Cantu Queer Center.
    To email us:

    Contact the Cantú at to schedule intern-led trainings and workshops! 

    Changing Registered Name/Gender

    Admitted, current, and prior students may specify a preferred name through MyUCSC by clicking on the Names link in the Personal Information section of My Student Center. Specify your preferred name by following the instructions at the top of the page. Note that it will take up to 48 hours for your preferred name to appear in the campus directory. You may get an ID card with your preferred name on it by taking a screen shot of your preferred name to ID Card Services. To do this, log into MyUCSC. Go to the Names page by clicking on the Names link in the Personal Information section of the My Student Center page. This page will display both your Primary (legal) name and your Preferred name. Take a screen shot of the entire page. Print this and bring it to ID Card Services. For pricing and hours of service, visit Bay Tree Bookstore ID Card Services. This will not change official records, such as the name that gets printed on your diploma.

    If you would like to change your name and gender on the official university records, fill out the Name and Gender Change Form. This will completely change your name and gender for all university records, including your diploma. Before this form can be processed, proof of a court ordered name/gender change must be presented. To start the process of getting a court ordered name/gender change, click here.

    Gender Courses


    ANTH 109 – Evolution of Sex

    ANTH 126 – Sexuality And Society In Cross-Cultural Perspective

    ANTH 148 – Gender and Development

    ANTH 194C – Feminist Anthropology

    ANTH 195O – Masculinities

    ANTH 194R – Religion, Gender, Sexuality

    CMMU 151 – Sex, Race, And Globalization

    CMMU 161 – Gender Health And Justice

    FMST 41 – Trans Gender Bodies

    FMST 115 – Gender, Sexuality, and Transnational Migration Across the Americas

    FMST 135 – Topics In Science And Sexuality

    FMST 145 – Racial and Gender Formations in the U.S

    FMST 148 – Gender and Development

    FMST 175 – Gender and Sexualities in Latina/o America

    FMST 194B – Queer/Feminist Historiography

    FMST 194M – Empire And Sexuality

    FMST 194N – Gender, Class, and Sex in Shanghai

    FMST 194P – Religion, Gender, and Politics

    FMST 194Q – Queer Diasporas

    FMST 194T – Transgender Studies

    HIS 80N – Gender, Labor, and Feminist Productions

    HIS 145 – Gender, Colonialism, And Third-World Feminisms

    HIS 194A – Gender, Class, and Sex in Shanghai

    HIS 194H – Gender, Family, and State in China: 1600-Present

    HIS 196H – Sex And The City: The History Of Sexuality In Urban Areas Around The Globe

    OAKS 150 – Queer History And Theory In The United States

    PSYC 107 – Gender and Development

    PSYC 140H – Sexual Identity And Society

    PSYC 140Q – Social Psychology Of Gender

    PSYC 159A – Sexual Identity

    PSYC 159S – Queer Intimacies

    SOCY 120 – Gender, Sexuality, and Cultural Politics

    SOCY 149 – Sex and Gender


    ANTH 232 – Bodies, Knowledge, Practice

    ANTH 255 – Regulating Religion/Sex

    ANTH 279 – Feminism and Gender in Archaeology

    HIS 204A – History Of Gender Research Seminar

    HIS 222 – Global Sexualities: A Seminar In The Queering Of Historiographies

    HIS 227 – Gender And Colonialism

    HIS 230B – Engendering China

    HIS 244 – Gender and Japanese History

    HIS 265 – History Of The Body

    FMST 207 – Topics In Queer/Race Studies

    PSYC 254 – Psychology of Gender

    *Courses may not be offered every quarter*

    See Also

    Trans & Queer Groups and Orgs

    Map of All-Gender Bathrooms On Campus 

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  • Health Services


    Santa Cruz

    Jennifer Hastings, MD
    Family practice
    Hormone therapy
    Planned Parenthood Mar Monte Westside
    1119 Pacific Ave.
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Tel: 831-460-3130

    Christine Weigen, MD
    Family practice
    Hormone therapy
    Planned Parenthood Mar Monte Westside
    1119 Pacific Ave.
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Tel: 831-460-3130

    Jennifer Schreck, MD
    Family practice
    Continuing hormone therapy
    Palo Alto Medical Clinic, Santa Cruz Westside Branch
    1301 Mission Street, 2nd Floor
    Santa Cruz, California 95060
    Tel: 831-458-6300

    Kim Owens, MD
    Family practice
    Continuing hormone therapy
    Palo Alto Medical Clinic, Santa Cruz Branch
    2025 Soquel Avenue, 2nd Floor
    Santa Cruz, California 95062
    Tel: 831-458-5524


    Richard Cherlin, MD
    Hormone therapy
    15899 Los Gatos Almaden Rd
    Los Gatos, CA
    Tel: 408-358-2663

    Charles Moser, PhD, MD
    Internal medicine
    May not be taking new patients; call to ask
    California Pacific Medical Center
    45 Castro Street
    San Francisco, CA
    Tel: 415-621-4369

    Catherine Forest, MD
    Stanford Health Center at Los Altos
    960 N San Antonio Rd Suite 101
    Los Altos, CA, 94022
    Tel: 650-498-9000

    Tandy Aye, MD
    Medicine Specialties Clinic
    730 Welch Rd 2nd Floor
    Palo Alto, CA94304
    Tel: (650) 736-7642

    Jennifer Slovis, MD
    Primary Care
    Hormone Therapy
    Kaiser Permanente
    4th Floor
    3701 Broadway
    Oakland, CA, 94611
    Tel: 510-752-1190


    Child and Adolescent Gender Center Clinic
    University of California, San Francisco
    Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building
    1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94158
    Appointments: (415) 353-7337
    Fax: (415) 476-8214 (Attention:Dr. Stephen Rosenthal)

    Center of Excellence for Transgender Health
    University of California, San Francisco
    550 16th Street, 3rd Floor
    UCSF Mail Code 0661
    San Francisco, CA 94158-2549 USA
    Fax: 415-476-5348

    Dimensions Clinic: Health Services for Queer & Questioning Youth
    The mission of the Dimensions Collaborative is to combine efforts across agencies to develop health care programs and services that increase health care access and education for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Questioning Youth.
    Castro-Mission Health Center
    3850 17th St.
    San Francisco, CA 94114
    Tel: 415-934-7757 (information)
    Tel: 415-558-7700 (for appointments)

    Lyon Martin Women’s Health Services
    Lyon-Martin provides personalized healthcare and support services to women and transgender people who lack access to quality care because of their sexual or gender identity, regardless of their ability to pay. Lyon-Martin has created a trans-affirmative environment that encourages patients to develop an ongoing relationship with one of our transgender specialists that goes beyond just getting hormones and looks at all of their health and wellness needs.
    1748 Market St., Suite 201
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Tel: 415-656-7667

    Tom Waddell Health Center
    The Transgender Clinic of Tom Waddell Health is committed to providing quality, integrated health care in an atmosphere of trust and respect. They are a multidisciplinary primary care clinic focusing primarily on the needs of underserved populations of inner city San Francisco. Primary care means they treat your whole body, not just your gender issues. Being multidisciplinary means they address all your concerns, not just your medical problems. They have nutritional, mental health and social services, and they work closely with community organizations.
    Tom Waddell Urban Health Clinic
    230 Golden Gate Avenue (at Leavenworth)
    San Francisco, CA
    Hours: Tuesdays, 1:10-5:00pm
    Tel: 415-355-7400

    Tenderloin Area Center of Excellence (TACE) Health Clinic
    Offers community-based health care provider for people living with HIV in the Tenderloin. Offers health, hope, and home to all under-served people—of any race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or immigration status.
    730 Polk St., 4th floor
    San Francisco, CA 94109
    Tel: 415-292-3400

    Trans: Thrive
    Trans: Thrive is a program seeking to foster a healthy trans community empowered by the leadership of its peers by providing educational workshops, social events, case management, peer testing/counseling, etc…
    Drop-in center.
    730 Polk St., 4th floor
    San Francisco, CA 94109
    Tel: 415-292-3420 ext 348 Nikki “Tita Aida” Calma, Program Manager

    St James Infirmary
    Provides health care and social services to sex workers. STRIDE is an appointment-based trans health program. Thursdays 1-4pm.
    1372 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    Tel: 415-554-9634


    Santa Cruz

    Planned Parenthood Westside
    1119 Pacific Avenue, Suite 200
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    Tel: 831-460-3100
    Fax: 831-426-1178


    Marci Bowers, MD
    Gender confirmation surgery for trans men and trans women
    345 Lorton Ave Suite 101
    Burlingame, CA  94010
    Tel: 650-570-2270

    Brownstein & Crane
    Curtis Crane, MD, Specializes in phalloplasty
    Thomas Satterwhite, M.D, Specializes in vaginoplasty
    Mang L. Chen, M.D, Specializes in phalloplasty
    Gender confirmation surgery for trans men and trans women
    575 Sir Francis Drake Blvd #1,
    Greenbrae, CA 94904
    Tel: 877-255-2081 or 415-625-3230

    Scott Mosser, MD
    FTM chest surgery
    450 Sutter Street, Suite 1000
    San Francisco, CA 94108
    Tel: 415-398-7778

    Maurice Garcia, MD
    Gender confirmation surgery
    UCSF Medical Center
    400 Parnassus Avenue, Suite A-610
    San Francisco, CA 94143
    Tel: 415-514-6307

    David Kahn, MD
    Chest Reconstruction
    Stanford Plastic Surgery Clinic
    1000 Welch Rd
    MC 5348
    Palo Alto, CA 94304
    Tel: (650) 723-7001

    Peter K. Davis, MD
    Cosmetic surgery for trans women
    1515 El Camino Real, Suite D
    Palo Alto, CA, 94306
    Tel: 650-326-6800

    Jordan Deschamps-Braly, MD
    Plastic surgeon specializing in facial feminization
    450 Sutter Street, #1520
    San Francisco CA 94108
    Tel: 415-624-3922

    Alexandra Klikoff, MD
    3275 Aptos Rancho Rd
    Aptos, CA 95003
    Tel: 831-688-8266

    Andrew Epstein, MD
    Palo Alto Medical Foundation Palo Alto Branc
    795 El Camino Real
    Palo Alto, CA 94301
    Tel: 650-853-2988

    Eugene Kaplan, MD
    120 La Casa Via, Suite 209
    Walnut Creek, CA 94598
    Tel: 925-979-9969
    Fax: 925-979-9979


    Strohecker’s Pharmacy
    Trans-friendly mail order pharmacy for hormones. Provide needles and syringes at no additional cost to client. Fast and knowledgeable service to trans clients.
    2855-A S.W. Patton Rd.
    Portland, OR 97201
    Tel: 503-222-9393

    Reproductive Care

    The Fertility and Gynecology Center
    9833 Blue Larkspur Ln.
    Monterey, CA 93940
    Tel: 877-733-4483

    Fertility Physicians of Northern California
    2581 Samaritan Drive Suite 302/309
    San Jose, CA 95124
    Tel: 800-597-2234

    Stanford University IVF/ART Program
    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    900 Welch Rd Suite 350
    Palo Alto, CA 94304
    Tel: 650-498-7911

    MAIA Midwifery and Fertility Services LLC
    Berkeley Location
    2414 Ashby Ave, Suite 201
    Berkeley, CA 94705
    Tel: 206-946-6744

    Pacific Reproductive Services
    444 De Haro Street, Suite 222
    San Francisco, CA 94107
    Tel: 415-487-2288

    The Sperm Bank of California (TSBC)
    TSBC is the first and only sperm bank in the United States to operate as a nonprofit organization. Their mission is to provide services, information, and resources to all individuals and families who choose to create or expand their families through donor insemination and sperm storage. Trans-friendly.
    2115 Milvia St. Suite 201
    Berkeley, CA 94704
    Tel: 510-841-1858

    UCSF Center for Reproductive Health

    2356 Sutter St, 7th Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94115
    Tel: 415-353-7475

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  • Support

    Are you in crisis?

    Please call (877)-565-8860 to reach Trans Lifeline, “a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people.” If you are unable to reach an operator please hang up and dial 9-11 or go to your nearest emergency room. For further information please visit:

    If you would like a local resource, the Suicide Prevention Service of the Central Coast has transgender volunteers and Multilingual Interpreters available (831)458-5300 (Habla Español)

    Counseling and Therapy

    General resources:

    You may also contact any of the following therapists for support in accessing therapy or other gender resource referrals:

    Daniel Blumrosen, LMFT (covering North and South Santa Cruz County)
    Adults, adolescents
    303 Portrero St. #45-202
    Santa Cruz CA 95060

    Jen “Harper” Cheaney, MFTI  (covering both Santa Cruz and San Jose)
    Children, adolescents, adults, families
    725 Front St. #200
    Santa Cruz CA 95060
    1361 S. Winchester Blvd #208
    San Jose CA 95128

    Maren Martin, LCSW (covering the Monterey Peninsula and Salinas)
    Adults, couples, sex therapy, trans teens/families
    311 Forest Ave, #C6
    Pacific Grove CA 93950

    Santa Cruz

    Deborah Abbott, MA, LMFT
    25+ years of serving Santa Cruz’s GLBTIQ+ community. Extensive experience with trans, genderqueer & gender expansive individuals, family, and friends.
    Offices in Santa Cruz and Soquel

    T. Antonia Broccoli, MSW, LCSW 
    Transgender Therapist/Clinical Social Worker
    Specialties: Gender Queer/FTM/Questioning/Intersex
    5905 Soquel drive, Suite 200
    Soquel, CA 95073
    Tel: 831-566-4409

    Melissa Fritchle, MA LMFT
    Holistic Psychotherapist, Sex Therapist and Gender Specialist
    CA Lic Marriage and Family Therapist #48627
    Appts available in Capitola
    Tel: 831-471-5797

    Rebecca Leib, Ph.D
    Clinical psychologist specializing in children and adolescents
    Specialties: Intensive outpatient services, gender and sexuality, trauma/sexual abuse, self harm
    6216a Highway 9
    Felton, CA, 95018
    Tel: 831-419-5699

    Connie Batten, LMFT
    Life-threatening illness, grief/loss, life transitions, couples
    340 Soquel Ave Suite 103
    Santa Cruz CA 95062

    Melissa Bernstein, LMFT
    Individual, family, groups, children, adolescents, adults, servicios bilingues
    740 Front Street #360
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060

    Victoria Campbell, LMFT
    Adolescents, adults, couples, groups
    903 Pacific Ave, Suite 207B
    Santa Cruz CA 95060

    Eileen Cavalier, LMFT
    Families, couples, trans family members, dual diagnosis
    740 Front St Suite 360
    Santa Cruz CA 95060

    Kathy Fahmie, LCSW
    Adult Mental Health, SC County
    Adults with severe mental health issues

    Ben Geilhufe, PCCI
    Children, adolescents, adults, families
    Live Oak School District

    Finn Gratton, LMFT
    Children, adults, families, somatic work
    725 Front St. #200
    Santa Cruz CA 95060
    2680 Bayshore Parkway #101
    Mt View CA 94043

    Eating disorders, body image, grief/loss, EMDR
    The Lotus Collaborative
    603 Mission St.
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Gender specialist, children, teens, adults, families, couples
    Office on Westside of SC, near Mission St. and Bay St.
    PO Box 573
    Santa Cruz CA 95061

    Chris Hogeland, LCSW
    Bilingual (Spanish/English), CBT, DBT, Trauma, homeless
    115-A Coral Street
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060

    Kaleo Kaluhiwa, LMFT 
    Youth, adults, families, HIV+
    1060 Emeline St
    Santa Cruz CA 95060
    CareTeam 831-454-4321, Private Practice 831-222-0068

    Lain Lease, MFTI
    PP patients only, 30 min sessions, all ages, anxiety and adolescents
    Planned Parenthood
    1119 Pacific Ave, Suite 200
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060

    Suzanne Nicholas, Ph.D.
    Adolescents, young adults, adults, couples
    1406 Mission St.
    Santa Cruz CA 95060

    Kristin Olafson, LCSW
    Youth and families, Medi-Cal only
    Children’s Mental Health
    SC County

    Anna Paganelli, LMFT
    Adults, adolescents, individuals, couples, families
    340 Soquel Ave Suite 107
    Santa Cruz CA 95062

    Andrew Purchin, LCSW
    Children, teens, families, EMDR
    550 Water St #C-2
    Santa Cruz CA 95060

    John Seltzer, MFTI
    555 Soquel Avenue #280
    Santa Cruz, CA 95062

    Shawn Smith, MFTI, PCI, CADCII
    147 S. River Street #234-A
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060

    Jan Sollom-Brotherton, LMFT
    Adults, College Students, Adolescents
    303 Portrero #05C
    Santa Cruz CA 95066


    Counseling and Therapy Services (CATS)
    CATS is a program of Community Human Services in collaboration with John XXIII AIDS Ministry and Monterey County AIDS Project. Provides receive free, confidential counseling (English or Spanish) to improve your mental or emotional health. Our LGBT-affirmative staff, including an LGBT-identified psychotherapist, provide a safe and supportive space in which LGBT and/or HIV+ individuals and their families can receive counseling. Potential counseling issues include gender identity and intersexuality. Services are available in Salinas and Seaside by appointment.
    Phone: 831-757-7915 (appointments) or 831-442-3959 (information)

    Lyon-Martin Mental Health Services
    Lyon-Martin recognizes the relationship between the physical, emotional and psychological aspects of a patient’s health. Our philosophy is to offer a holistic approach to care, attempting to address each of these factors. To that end, our mental health providers closely collaborate with our medical providers to offer a range of services that support patients’ emotional and psychological well-being. These services are affirmative, sex-positive, respectful and culturally sensitive.
    1748 Market Street, Suite 201
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Tel: 415-565-7667 ext 351

    Stephen L. Braveman
    Board Certified Sex Therapist and Gender Specialist
    494 Alvarado St., Suite A
    Monterey, CA 93940
    Tel: 831-375-7553

    Carmen Martin, LMFT
    200 Camino Aguajito, Suite 304
    Monterey, CA 93940

    Sally Blumenthal-McGannon, LMFT
    HIV, all ages, families, grief/loss, life transitions, life threatening illness
    823 Cathedral Dr 
    Aptos CA 95003

    Mischa Eovaldi, LCSW
    Bilingual (Spanish/English), EMDR, teens, elderly
    8065 Aptos St 
    Aptos CA 95003

    Family Service Agency of the Central Coast
    11 Alexander St. #D 
    Watsonville CA 95076
    First Step Counseling, youth, families, Medi-Cal
    831-728-9975 ext. 207

    Judy Van Maasdam, M.A.
    1515 El Camino Real Suite E
    Palo Alto CA 94306

    Kara Kasteen
    1190 Bascom Avenue #205
    San Jose, CA 95128
    Tel: 408-673-8646

    Support Groups

    Santa Cruz

    Groups at the Santa Cruz Diversity Center
    This is where we take the T to a whole new level. No matter where you are on the gender spectrum, The Diversity Center's Trans* Program has something for you. Support groups for and by trans* folks, referrals to trans* friendly providers, lively conversations about the specific ways being trans* impacts us, fun outings - these are just some of the ways we serve you. So no matter whether you're he, she or zie, or anywhere on the long list of gender expressions: transgender, transsexual, intersex, genderqueer, gender variant, agender, bigender, two-spirit, polygender, etc, and people who are questioning (phew!!) you are WELCOME HERE.

    Contact: (831) 425-5422 x114

    Monthly Peer Support Groups: 
    Trans AA* Group – every Monday, 8:00pm-9:00pm
    Transgender Support Group – first and third Tuesday, 7:30pm-9:00pm
    TransMen Peer Support Group – second and fourth Sunday, 6:00-7:30pm
    Transmasculine Group (ages 12-18) – first and third Friday, 5:00pm-7:00pm
    TransGirls Group (ages 12-18) – second and fourth Saturday, 4:00-6:00pm
    GenderQueer Support Group – second Tuesday, 7:30pm-9:00pm 

    Transfamily Support Group

    We are a community of parents and families supporting our transgender children and each other through shared experience and the process of understanding transgender issues.
    Our meetings are generally for parents and support people. We also have family gatherings throughout the year that include our children and all family members.
    1st Saturday of each month, 3:00 to 5:00
    Location: rotating (please call for information and location)
    Contact: Heidi Koronkowski (831) 251-7749

    A Group for Partners, Spouses, BFFs, Lovers, and Significant Others.  A safe space for non-trans (cis) individuals who are dating, in love with, close friends with or partnered/married to a transgender person. Come explore feelings, learn about the transition process, discuss relationship, receive support and create community. Meets Mondays, twice monthly, in Soquel. Co-facilitated by Deb Abbott, MA, LMFT and Chrissann McCann, PhD. $25/meeting. (Not a drop-in group.)
    Info/ or 831.345.1925.


    Transgender Support Group
    This group offers a safe and supportive place for individuals with gender identity issues. It is open to both MtFs and FtMs who have already transitioned or are looking to do so. This is by reservation only. Sorry no drop-ins. Group meetings are held every 2nd Saturday of each month from 10am-12pm and are $25 per session. Group is facilitated by Stephen L. Braveman, LMFT, DST
    494 Alvarado St., Suite A
    Monterey, CA 93940
    Tel: 831-375-7553

    Transgender Support Group
    A support group for transgender women and men seeking peer support. Meets Friday 8-9:30pm.
    The Pacific Center
    2712 Telegraph Ave
    Berkeley, CA 94705
    Tel: 510-548-8283

    Dimensions Clinic Youth Group
    This group is run by trans counselors and TG/GV young people 25 & under are welcome to attend on a drop-in basis. The group is held at Dimensions Clinic every Thursday from 6:30-7:30pm.
    Castro-Mission Health Center
    3850 17th St.
    San Francisco, CA 94114

    St. James Infirmary Peer Counseling
    Peer Counseling sessions are provided by staff on a drop-in basis. These sessions provide non-judgmental individual and/or group support services which focus on a variety of topics which affect the quality of life and safety of Sex Workers.

    Lyon-Martin Group Therapy
    A variety of groups for women, lesbians and transgender people in a safe and compassionate environment.

    LGBT Youth Space
    Counseling and resources for LGBT youth ages 13-25
    452 South First St.
    San Jose, CA 95113
    Tel: 408-343-7940

    Resource Centers

    Santa Cruz

    Santa Cruz Transgender Program at The Diversity Center
    The Diversity Center offers people who find themselves somewhere on the transgender spectrum a place to meet others, access transgender resources, and explore the possibilities in a respectful and caring environment. We offer support groups for transgender individuals see  Trans* Programs for the current groups
    1117 Soquel Ave.
    Santa Cruz, CA 95062
    Tel: 831-425-5422
    Fax: 831-425-0743

    Lionel Cantu GLBTI Resource Center
    University of California of Santa Cruz
    Tel: 831-459-2468

    Triangle Speakers
    Triangle Speakers is a Santa Cruz based non-profit organization. We work to eliminate fear, prejudice, and hatred against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people so that a healthy environment exists for all members of our community in Santa Cruz County. The organization was created with the objective of providing information to dispel myths and stereotypes about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
    Tel: 831.425-5422 x6


    The Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center
    The Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center will provide Community, Leadership, Advocacy, Support, and Services to Silicon Valley’s LGBT people and allies. The Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center accomplishes its mission by developing diverse resources that empower and support the LGBT community and their allies.
    938 The Alameda
    San Jose, CA 95126
    Tel: 408-293-3040
    Fax: 408-298-8986

    Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits (BAAITS)
    BAAITS exists to restore and recover the role of Two-Spirit people within the American Indian/First Nations community by creating forums for the spiritual, cultural and artistic expression of Two-Spirit people. BAAITS comes together to socialize share and network in an alcohol free environment.
    1800 Market Street, Box 95
    San Francisco, CA 94102-6227
    Tel: 415-865-5616

    Female-To-Male International
    601 Van Ness Ave Ste E327
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Tel: (877) 267-1440

    Transgender San Francisco (TGSF)
    A member-based non-profit that provides educational, social and outreach services for the gender gifted community. Membership is available to all gender gifted individuals, their spouses/partners, friends, family members & members of the professional community.
    1800 Market St. Box 86
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Tel: 415-839-9448

    The Pacific Center
    The Pacific Center is an award winning, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community center based in Berkeley, CA serving the East Bay and Greater Bay Area. Through professional counseling, groups, community events, and advocacy, Pacific Center works to foster and enhance the well-being and self-respect of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.
    2712 Telegraph
    Berkeley, CA 94705
    Tel: (510) 548-8283

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  • Legal Name and Gender Change 

    Court ordered name change (PDF forms included with step by step process) 

    DMV name change (PDF forms included)

    DMV gender change (PDF form)

    Birth certificate name change instruction (forms must be ordered here)

    Birth certificate gender change instructions (forms must be ordered here)

    Social security name and gender change (PDF form) *Doctor letter required for change in gender indication

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  • Cosmetic Services

    Personal Care

    Includes resources for hair removal, makeup lessons, and trans-inclusive salons and spas. 

    Santa Cruz

    Bella Rosa Styles
    by Cindy Jo
    3431 Portola Dr
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Tel: 831-476-2300

    David Adams Salon
    877 41st Ave
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Tel: 831-475-4838

    Dermatology Surgical & Medical Group
    1661 Soquel Dr., Building E
    Santa Cruz, CA 95065
    Tel: 831-476-2444
    Gayle Whitehead

    Body Resultz Skincare 
    1001 Center St Suite 3
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    Tel: 831-320-6663

    Jordan Hair Design
    540 Soquel Ave
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Tel: 831-425-5127

    Oasis Hair and Skin Care
    1664C Soquel Ave
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Tel: 831-464-8550

    Pleasure Head
    1634 Seabright Ave
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Tel: 831-423-0227

    Sheenix Salon
    131 Front St.
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Tel: 831-457-2566

    Stranded Beauty Bar
    417 Seabright Ave
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Tel: 831-477-8080


    Anne Doan
    Facial hair removal
    Anne Best Beauty Care
    San Jose, CA
    Tel: 408-926-1854

    Bella Dawna
    Salon — free makeup for trans women.
    If closeted, can say you’re a “friend of Sally”
    7556 Soquel Dr
    Aptos, CA 95003
    Tel: 831-688-3203

    Bennett-Hamilton Electrolysis
    4145 Clares St. Suite E
    Capitola, CA 95010
    Tel: 831-426-3540

    Carla’s is a full service beauty salon & boutique offering many services specifically for the transgender community.
    1630 Oakland Rd. #A105.
    San Jose, CA 95131
    Tel: (408) 298-6900

    Eden Electrolysis
    Electrolysis in a trans-friendly environment
    25 N. 14th Street, Ste. #835
    San Jose, CA 95112
    Tel: 408-596-3615

    Ideal Hair
    222-H Mt. Hermon Rd.
    Scotts Valley, CA 95066
    Tel: 831-438-0111

    Inspire Salon
    1200 41st Ave, Suite C
    Capitola, CA 95010
    Tel: 831-200-3062

    Larry Zellers
    Stylist and hair loss specialist

    Marilyn Dahl 
    Clinical Skin care and Electrolysis
    Tel: 209-262-0673

    Monica Arias 
    Redwood Electrolysis
    4245 Capitola Rd #202
    Capitola, CA 95010
    Tel: 831-234-3632

    Oasis Electrolysis 
    Christine Pascoe LE
    LGBT friendly safe zone
    Hair removal
    222 H Mt Hermon Rd (Inside Ideal Hair)
    Scotts Valley CA 95066
    Tel: 831-331-6628

    Serenity Salon 
    Trisha (Eyebrow waxing), Judy (Hair stylist), Diane (Nail specialist)
    8021 Soquel Dr.
    Aptos, CA
    Tel: 831-662-3815

    Susan Laird 
    San Jose, CA
    Tel: 307-213-9495

    Voice Training

    Carol Fleming 
    Speech pathologist
    582 Market St. #1108
    San Francisco, CA 94104
    Tel: 415-391-9179

    Carol Freidenberg 
    Speech pathologist
    San Francisco, CA
    Tel: 415-922-6377

    Denae Doyle
    Feminity coach, private consultations and videos
    Tel: 831-479-1282

    Lucy Jones 
    Voice coach
    Burlingame, CA
    Tel: 650-697-8780

    Kathe Perez, MA, CCC
    Rave reviews and can do all training by phone.
    Exceptional Voice Inc.
    650 S. Cherry St. Suite 1410
    Denver, CO 80246
    Tel: 303-722-2181
    Tel: 1-866-4MY-VOICE

    Maureen O’Connor, MS
    Speech and language pathologist
    120-A Santa Margarita Ave.
    Menlo Park CA 94025
    Tel: 650-324-0648
    Tel: 650-349-8717 (San Mateo)

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  • Recommended Media


    A Queer and Pleasant Danger by Kate Bornstein (2012) 

    The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson (2016) 

    Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings (2016)

    Butch is a Noun by S. Bear Bergman (2006)

    Gender OutlawOn Men, Women and the Rest of Us by Kate Bornstein (1995) 

    Just Add Hormones by Matt Kailey (2006)

    Mom, I Need to be a Girl by Just Evelyn (2007) 

    Peter Darling by Austin Chant (2017)

    Refining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock (2014) 

    She’s Not There: A Life In Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan (2013)

    Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin (2016)

    The Testosterone Files by Max Wolf Valerio (2006) 

    Trans Bodies, Trans Selves by Laura Erickson-Schroth (2014)

    Transgender History by Susan Stryker (2008)

    Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman by Leslie Feinberg (1997)

    Transparent: Love, Family, and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers by Cris Beam (2008) 

    When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore (2016)

    Whipping Girl by Julia Serano (2007) 


    A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story (2006)

    Drunktown's Finest (2014) 

    Gun Hill Road (2011) 

    Paris is Burning (1990)

    Pay It No Mind: The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson (2012) 

    Princesa (2001) 

    Screaming Queens (2005)

    Tangerine (2015)

    Todo Sobre Mi Madre (All About My Mother) (1999) 

    Wild Side (2004)


    AIS/DSD Support Group - Information and advocacy groups for people affected by Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome and/or related intersex conditions and their families

    The Brown Boi Project – Community of masculine of center womyn, men, two-spirit people, transmen, and our allies committed to changing the way that communities of color talk about gender.

    Center of Excellence for Transgender Health - Increase access to comprehensive, effective and affirming health care services for trans and gender-variant communities

    Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement (TQLM) – National organization that organizes, educates, and advocates for issues regarding LGBTQ and Latino communities.

    Injustice at Every Turn  – A report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey 

    Intersex Society of North America - Resource for the intersex community

    National Center for Transgender Equality - Dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment

    San Francisco Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative (TEEI) – Provides job search support, mentorship, networking opportunities, and legal services for trans* individuals seeking employment

    Santa Cruz Trans* Resources – Collection of resources with experience and training for serving transgender, genderqueer, and genderexpansive communities

    Susan’s Place: Transgender Resource – A comprehensive collection of how-to information and general education for transgender people

    Trans News Updates by Lynn Conway – News of special interest to the trans community

    Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER) – Educational resources and support for trans* advocacy

    Transgender Lives: Your Stories – The New York Times' series of editorials about transgender experieinces, featuring personal stories 

    Transgender Law Center – Organization for changing law, policy, and attitudes in regards to trans* safety and freedom

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  • Relevant Links

    Clothing Resources

    Clothing size chart from Susan’s Place

    How to determine bra size

    How to convert clothing size on the go

    Hudson’s guide to breast binding

    Shoe size conversion chart


    Binders and Prosthetics

    BetterProducts – sells prosthetics (NSFW)

    Big Brother Binder Program – used binder donation program

    FTM at Underworks – sells binders 

    gc2b – sells binders 

    Point of Pride – binder and breast form donation organization 

    T-Kingdom – sells binders


    CharlieBoy ($$)

    Equal Period 

    Flvnt Streetwear 

    GenderFreeClothing ($$) 

    HauteButch – masculine-driven clothing ($$)

    Outplay Swimwear – gender-neutral swimwear ($$)

    Point 5cc 

    Rebirth Garments ($$$)


    The Transgender-Friendly Clothing Swap

    Sexual Health

    Early2Bed – Chicago-based sex toy shop which also includes packers, STP devices, and harnesses

    Brazen: Trans Women's Safer Sex Guide

    Primed: A Sex Guide for Trans Men Into Men

    Pure Pleasure – sex toys and inclusive resources for sexual pleasure and wellbeing

    Also, check out the Cantú's Clothing Closet

    UCSC also hosts an annual Trans Flea Market in winter.

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