While we’re starting to hear more stories from the transgender community, their voices were silent for so long and some people still don’t understand the challenges our transgender friends and neighbors face.

If you or someone you know is struggling with gender identity, it’s important to talk about it.  Sometimes people get confused about the difference between trans and gay.  Transgender people have a gender identity that is different than what is typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth.

Trying to change a person’s gender identity is no more successful than trying to change a person’s sexual orientation.  So most transgender people seek to bring their bodies more into alignment with their gender identity.

If you are struggling with your gender identity or having a hard time knowing what to say or do to support a trans friend, coworker or family member – you’re not alone.  There are a lots of ways to find resources and support, and to connect with other people going through similar situations.

The links below are a great place to start.  If you’re worried that you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or might harm themselves, call The Trevor Project’s 24/7 hotline at 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386) or Trevor Chat.