Combating Invisibility and Isolation

You may not have words to describe how you see yourself in the world. Building a community can
help give you a voice. While the Internet offers an incredible array of resources, including Listservs,
you may have trouble finding community and support offline. The transgender identity is often
lumped in with lesbians, gays and bisexuals, without an understanding of its unique differences or
any recognition of the need for specific services. And mainstream American culture offers little
beyond the stereotypes of the drag queen, sex worker or criminal put forth by the media.

take action

1. Form an inclusive gay-straight alliance (GSA). As long as your school accepts public funds and lets other nonacademic clubs meet (and most do) then you have the right to form a GSA. This is one of the most important ways to
advocate for transgender issues within your school. (For more information on starting a GSA, see the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) website at or the GSA Network website at

2. Develop a public education campaign. Train your teachers about trans issues. Start a letter-writing campaign for
gender-neutral bathrooms. Hang posters around school.

3. Talk to your friends about transgender issues. Change society one mind at a time. The more people who understand gender difference, the better our schools and world will befor transgender youth.