Transgender Support

Support During Gender Transition

Trans people coming out can get a lot of attention – positive and negative.

New York Trans Guide – an up-to-date resource guide

Gender transition takes time. Transition at your own pace with the help of a trans-friendly health care provider and a support group.

Hormones and silicone

  • If you take hormones, be patient. Taking extra hormones can damage your liver and won’t speed up your transition.
  • Avoid injecting silicone.Silicone can quickly shape your body, but can also cause scarring or even death.
  • If you do inject hormones or silicone, use a clean needle every time. You can get hepatitis C or HIV by sharing needles or liquid hormones.
  • Free syringes are available through syringe service programs across New York City (PDF).

Support Groups and Counseling

For free or low-cost help with drinking or drug use, call the LGBT Center Gender Identity Project (646-556-9300).

Share your experiences at one of the many trans support groups in New York City. Many trans-friendly medical clinics and the agencies listed below host trans support groups. The agencies below also offer peer counseling, mental health counseling or help with alcohol or drug use.

AIDS Center of Queens County

  • Queens: (718-896-2500) 62-07 Woodside Blvd., Woodside, NY 11377
  • Services: TransLatina support group, clean syringes, HIV testing, hepatitis C testing

Harlem United HOME Program

  • Manhattan: (646-216-3266) 289 Saint Nicholas Ave., Lower Level, New York, NY 10027
  • Services: HIV prevention, clean syringes, counseling, recreation and support groups, job readiness for trans women 16 to 29

LGBT Community Center – Gender Identity Project

  • Manhattan: (646-556-9300) 208 West 13th St., New York, NY 10011
  • Services: Support groups (English and Spanish), mental health, substance use recovery

Queens Pride House

  • Queens: (718-429-5309) 76-11 37th Ave., #206, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
  • Services: Support groups, peer counseling

Rainbow Heights Club

  • Brooklyn: (718-852-2584) 25 Flatbush Ave., 4th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11217
  • Services: LGB and trans-affirming support for people living with mental illness

Staten Island LGBT Center

  • Staten Island: (718-808-1360) 25 Victory Blvd., 3rd floor, Staten Island, NY 10301
  • Services: Support groups, HIV testing, mental health counseling

Washington Heights Corner Project

  • Manhattan: (212-923-7600) 566 West 181st St., 2nd floor, New York, NY 10033
  • Services: Uptown Trans Social group, clean syringes, safer hormone injecting education, HIV testing, hepatitis C testing

Support for Survivors of Violence

Partner abuse takes many forms—it can be physical, sexual or emotional, and can involve threats and violence. Get help if you’re in an abusive relationship.

If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

For support, call the LGBT Anti-Violence Project Hotline (212-714-1141) or the New York City Domestic Violence 24-Hour Hotline (800-621-4673).

Audre Lorde Project

  • Brooklyn: (718-596-0342) 85 South Oxford St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
  • Manhattan: (212-463-0342) 147 West 24th St., 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10011
  • Services: Safety and wellness planning for LGBT people of color, anti-violence organizing through Safe OUTSide the System and TransJustice programs

Support for Legal and Discrimination Issues or for Changing Identity Documents

If you were born in New York City, surgery and a name change are no longer required to change the gender marker on your birth certificate (as of Jan. 2015). Call 311, or learn more.

In New York City, discrimination based on a person’s gender identity is against the law. To file a complaint, call 311 or the New York City Commission on Human Rights (212-306-7450).

The following organizations provide legal support to transgender New Yorkers.

Immigration Equality

  • 212-714-2904
  • Services: Help with immigration issues

Lambda Legal

  • 212-809-8585
  • Services: Advocacy around healthcare access, HIV and workplace discrimination, school bullying

Sylvia Rivera Law Project

  • 212-337-8550
  • Services: Health care advocacy, help with name change

Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund

  • 646-862-9396
  • Services: Health care, housing and employment discrimination, help with name change