56% of LGBTQ youth who wanted mental health care in the past year were not able to get it [source]. Many LGBTQ+ youth experience difficulty in finding an LGBTQ-competent provider. Some providers are not trained to support the unique issues and concerns LGBTQ youth may be facing. Youth are there to receive quality care. But instead, they have to educate their care providers about their identities and needs.

LGBTQ Youth Face Additional Hurdles

In some cases, mental health providers have to approve youth to access physical trans care and surgeries. They may also have to approve name, pronoun, and gender changes on official documents. This is despite the fact that sexual orientation and gender identity are not mental health disorders. Many providers may choose to withhold approval. These processes and avoidable hurdles can leave a young adult feeling defeated, misunderstood, and rejected. We need health providers to understand and support the needs of LGBTQ youth. They are in a position to help youth find self-acceptance and validation.

Gender Affirming Care encompasses a range of medical, psychological and social interventions, and each person’s needs and journey is unique. Gender affirming care is a crucial component of Trans and Gender Nonconforming (TGNC) mental health, especially those navigating gender dysphoria or any form of emotional distress regarding the gender assigned at birth.

Helpful Links & Materials

Our curated collection of resources serves as a vital compass for those seeking information and guidance on gender affirming care. Whether you’re exploring your identity, considering hormone therapy, or seeking surgical care, our carefully selected links provide a wealth of information to help you make informed decisions about your path.

Your authentic self deserves to be celebrated, and we’re here to help you on your path to living your truth. Explore our resources and empower yourself with knowledge and support.

General Resources

Resources by U.S. State

Resources provided for 34 of 50 states. Check for resources in your state or a state nearby.

Information on gender affirming care.

Policy on gender affirming care protection.

Information on gender affirming care access.

Information on transgender rights and care in Connecticut.

Resources for transgender people in Florida losing access to gender affirming care.

Georgia Trans Resource Guide.

•  Find gender affirming providers in Hawai’i.
•  Sexual and gender minority support program.

LGBTQ+ mental health care and resources for gender affirming care.

Gender affirming care funding support.

Resources for transgender people in Kentucky losing access to gender affirming care.

•  Gender affirming healthcare provider list.
•  Resources for transgender people in Louisiana losing access to gender affirming care.

•  Gender affirming hormone therapy and mental health counseling.
•  Gender affirming healthcare information.

•  Free legal support to low-income LGBTQI+ residents.
•  Resources for gender affirming care.

Western Massachusetts Trans Resource Guide.

Changing names or gender markers in documents.

Resources for transgender people in Louisiana losing access to gender affirming care.

Resources for TGNC community.

New Hampshire
•  Know your rights.
•  Gender affirming resources.

New Jersey
Gender affirming care and housing support.

New Mexico
Transgender resource center.

New York
•  For information on accessing gender affirming care.
•  To find gender-affirming providers.

North Carolina
Resources for Transgender Youth & Families in NC Impacted by Anti-Trans Healthcare Bills.

Resources for TGNC community.

Gender affirming care.

•  Gender affirming care resources.
•  Culturally specific gender affirming care resources in Portland.

Gender affirming care resources.

Rhode Island
Access to gender affirming care.

South Carolina
Transgender support resource guide.

Resources for Transgender Youth & Families in Tennessee.

Know your rights.

Transgender resource and referral list.

•  Know your rights.
•  Resources for Black and Indigenous Trans and Gender Nonconforming Individuals.

West Virginia
•  Gender affirming care guide.
•  Gender affirming therapy.

Transgender resource and referral list.


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Key Stats

  • 65% who were on gender-affirming hormones were somewhat or very concerned about losing access to this care (Trevor Project, 2023)
  • Transgender youths are three times more likely to report suicidal ideation compared to cisgender youths (Eisenberg et al., 2017).
  • Transgender patients experience disparities in psychiatric illness, including suicidal ideation and attempts, but these are preventable with intervention and access to gender-affirming care (Bhatt, 2020).
  • A 2022 study concluded that gender-affirming medical interventions were associated with reduced depression and suicidality over 12 months, highlighting the importance of such interventions in addressing mental health disparities among transgender individuals (Tordoff, 2022).
  • Those who began hormone therapy in adolescence can experience less suicidal ideation, fewer mental health disorders, and less substance abuse than those who began such therapy later (Turban et al., 2023).
  • Positive health outcomes are consistently linked with gender-affirming and gender-supportive providers and systems (Bhatt, 2020).

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