In addition to the groups mentioned on the Calendar page, there are other support groups and resources available to trans folk in Southern California. If you know of additional groups and resources not mentioned below, please email info [at] ftmalliance.org with an update.
In addition to the local groups found below, the internet is also a fantastic source of information and community. The following links can get you started:
There are many great YouTube videos by trans guys talking about all aspects of their physical, mental, and emotional transitions. Here are just a few of them! (Please note, the opinions expressed on these video channels are not necessarily the opinions of FTM Alliance.)
– Support group for families with gender diverse children
We are a family support group for families with gender diverse children. We provide a supportive environment for children, adolescents, and their families to explore issues of gender identity.
The Family Group is held once a month and is comprised of a peer support group for the parents, a peer support/rap group for our youth and a play group for our children.
Our parents have the opportunity to discuss the challenging issues, raise questions, seek and share resources, and listen to the experiences of others. Our primary goal is to discover, by talking to each other and sharing our experiences, how parents, grandparents, extended family and community can best support these children in their gender identity and gender expression. We also open this group up to extended family members like grandparents, aunts, and uncles. Siblings are welcome in the play group, as well.
We are a project of Children s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and solicit charitable gifts through The Huckleberry Fund, which supports the youth programs of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at CHLA.
Please contact us and we will get back in touch with you:
John @ TransformingFamily.org, (323) 989-2452
If you prefer, call us on (818) 254-9654. You may need to leave a message but we will hasten to return your call and guide you to resources in your area. We know (from experience) how valuable it is to speak with someone who understands what you are going through. Don t hesitate to pick up the phone.
– LifeWorks Programs for LGBT/Queer Youth
LifeWorks is the youth development and mentoring program of the LA Gay & Lesbian Center.
We offer one on one, peer, and group mentoring opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth ages 12-24.
Our goal is to help LGBTQ youth to realize their goals and dreams with a safe space, positive and affirming role models, and workshops & activities that are fun and educational.
Learn about all the Programs offered by LifeWorks here: http://www.lifeworksLA.org
– Trans Educational Support
– Models of Pride
– OutSet Young Filmmakers Project
– Much more!!
– Trans support group every Friday night at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center
The LA Gay & Lesbian Center’s Transgender Perceptions offers a safe and welcoming opportunity for people of any age and gender identity to learn from others and to share experiences. The group meets every Friday at 8 p.m. at the Village (1125 N McCadden Pl. Los Angeles). No need to RSVP, just come on by. The group is free of charge, but a $3 donation is appreciated.
– LA Gay & Lesbian Center’s Anti-Violence Project offers resources
Have you been hurt, harassed or discriminated against because you’re transgender or genderqueer?
The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Anti-Violence Project provides assistance to survivors of transphobic, homophobic, and anti-HIV/AIDS violence, threats of violence, vandalism, harassment and discrimination. Our services include crisis intervention and follow up counseling; advocacy with law enforcement and prosecutors; attorney consultations and referrals; restraining order preparation and court accompaniment, and referrals to appropriate resources.
Call 1-800-373-2227 for assistance.
Lead Advocate, Anti-Violence Project
Legal Services Department
LA Gay & Lesbian Center
– Transgender Job Training & Placement program
The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center is offering a Job Placement Program created specifically for the Female-to-Male and Male-to-Female Transgender Communities, funded by the City of West Hollywood.
The program offers Case Management to assist with:
- Resume and Cover Letter Writing
- Completing Job Applications
- Interviewing Techniques
- Computer Skills
- Educational needs
- Job Searches
We also assist with overcoming barriers to employment, such as:
- Criminal Records
- Gender and Name Change
- Substance Abuse
- HIV/STD Issues
- Grooming for Legitimate Employment
The program provides MTF and FTM members of the transgender community with case management, job skills and preparation training to help them matriculate in the mainstream job market. The case management services provide clients with one-on-one sessions with the program s staff to determine the client s individual challenges and goals with an emphasis on housing, HIV/STD related issues, substance abuse, health concerns specific to the Transgender community, barriers to legitimate employment and job skills development, training and placement.
Please contact Drian Juarez at 323-993-7677.
– Tran-soberity “Bilingual 12-step Recovery Support Group”
“Bilingual 12-step Recovery Support Group”
Groups are lead every Wednesday by a CA licensed or license-eligible Mental Health Provider
Come to share your struggles regarding substance abuse, sex addiction, gambling, domestic violence, financial difficulties, job opportunites, discrimination, HIV medications, etc
Minority AIDS Project
5149 W. Jefferson Blvd.
LA, CA 90016
– Transgender Sober Living facility
Transgender Sober Living
Wanted to share this information re sober living facility for transgender folk. I wanted to let you know that they exist and are registered as a sober living house with CAARR. They specifically work with the transgender community in a safe and loving environment. Here is their information:
Contact: Armando Williams
12204 Via Santa Lucia Private Drive
Sylmar, CA 91342
Margo L. Edwards
Director of Education and Training
Social Model Recovery Systems, Inc.
223 E. Rowland St.
Covina, CA 91723
626.332.3145 ext. 225
– Kaiser Trans Support Group
Kaiser Permanente now offers a transgender support group for its members. The group is called “Free to Be Me” and it meets each Tuesday from 4:00 to 5:30 pm at the Tustin/Santa Ana medical offices, 1900 E. 4th Street, Dept. of Psychiatry, Santa Ana, 92706.
The group was started in October 2012 and has proven to be an excellent place to discuss trans issues amongst the members, and the facilitator, Dr. Frank Patti. Also, at the meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, the group is open for members to bring spouses, family, or friends who are also looking for answers in their support of transgender loved ones.
For more information on the group, call: 714-223-2601.
It should also be noted that depending on who the specific insurance coverage is through at Kaiser, starting January 1st, 2013 Kaiser will now offer full gender reassignment surgery coverage for its transgender members.
– Two therapy groups in Orange County
Gender Connection and Gender Teen Connection
Gender Connection and Gender Teen Connection are 2 new therapy groups now forming. They are designed to let members put their cards on the table–to learn, experiment and grow through group interactions.
Why Gender Connection?
The process of group therapy brings issues alive in a way that’s quite different from individual work. Nor is group therapy like a support group–this will be a small, closed gathering where we can address concerns in depth while connecting more deeply—looking both at gender and at other aspects of life. Therapy groups can be challenging as well as wonderfully satisfying and supportive. They are an opportunity to play and explore while risking new ways of relating.
A Place for Teens: Gender Teen Connection
Young people coming to grips with gender may not have a single friend nearby who
understands their concerns firsthand. Gender Teen Connection will offer adolescents the chance to connect with others they might never meet, other teens crafting solutions to questions about gender.
Time and place will be determined by participants’ availability. The location will be either of my 2 offices: Irvine or Los Alamitos. Bi-weekly sessions. For more information please call 949-450-1011 or email email@example.com
About Dr. Laura Caghan:
I am a psychologist (PSY19679) and psychoanalyst specializing in gender. My clinical work includes MTF, FTM, genderqueer and crossdressing. In my two private practice offices I also deal with other life issues that impact so many of us: depression, anxiety, relationships and many more. My teaching encompasses graduate courses in group therapy and other clinical topics for schools such as USC. Currently I am a faculty member and chair of the curriculum committee for the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute.
– TG Rainbow – Monthly support group in Santa Ana
TG Rainbow meets once a month on the 3rd Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Foothills in Santa Ana. It is a safe place for all transgender people, their spouses, family, and allies to attend and discuss matters of importance in their lives.
Although we meet at at the Church of the Foothills in Santa Ana, this is not a group affiliated with any religion. Anyone, of any faith, or no religion at all, is always welcome to participate.
For full information, address, and directions, please visit our web page at:
– Shift Happens – Monthly support group in Santa Ana
Shift Happens – A Place for Parents, Siblings, Partners and Families of Transgender Persons
When a loved one comes out of the closet, what often happens is that family members go into a closet of their own – and in order to accept and ultimately embrace this new life, a shift must happen.
Shift Happens offers parents, partners and families a comfortable and safe place to explore the wide range of emotions that goes along with knowing and loving a transgender person.
Join us for comfort, compassion, camaraderie, conversation and cookies on the first Sunday of each month in Santa Ana, California 92705 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Gail at (949) 683-0559.
Please pass this information on to anyone you know who is the parent, sibling, partner or friend of a transgender person. Whether they are right at home with the transition or struggling, we have a place for them to come explore all of the feelings that go along with loving someone trans.
Please see website for more info and regular meeting details. http://shifthappensoc.org
– Trans Support for the Central Coast
Tranz Central Coast Support Group’s invites members and newcomers each month to socialize on the THIRD SATURDAY of each month from 7 – 9 p.m. at the GALA Center in San Luis Obispo, 1060 Palm Street. Open to all transgender persons and their allies. Always social and support oriented with scheduled presentations as well as business and planning meetings. Stop by for a meeting or call 805-242-3821.
Other resources run by Tranz Central Coast may be found on their web site.
There are several resources available for trans folk in Santa Barbara:
– Being Men Support Group of the Inland Empire
Meets on the Third SAT of each month. Located in North San Bernardino, CA
Come Meet with like minded Men who identify as Male, but began life as female.
Share your stories and issues with guys who are moving past sigma, labeling and stereotyping to just living.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
To assist those individuals who identify as male, but genetically present as female, to move toward community and self acceptance by promoting and strengthening a healthier self image through education, modeling and putting an end to stigmatizing, labeling and stereotyping that hinder positive personal growth.
– FTM group in Riverside
We will meet regularly on the 2nd Sundays of the month. I hope to see you there. We meet in the basement of Back To The Grind Coffee House in downtown Riverside:
3575 University Ave
Riverside, CA 92501
We meet from 3-4 or so. All are welcome. Meet new friends. Get questions answered or help us answer them! Please order food and or beverages to thank the management for offering us this free space.
Any questions contact Shawn Schoen: firstname.lastname@example.org
– The San Diego LGBT Community Center
The Center offers several groups for the trans community:
– FTMI San Diego Paidraig Hall Chapter
The San Diego Chapter of FTM (Female-to-Male) International welcomes FTMs or gender questioning individuals assigned female at birth, who feel that gender assignment is no longer complete or accurate. The group has monthly support meetings and monthly social gatherings for allies and significant others.
Meetings: 4th Wednesday of every month 7-9 pm
Location: The Center 3909 Centre St. San Diego