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Texas and Beyond Resources for Transgender and Non-Binary People and Allies

Updated: Sep 22


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This post will be updated as new resources are located- it is a working document. Links are included for further reading and to specify the source of the information. Recommendations for additions to this list are appreciated, as are any concerns about included resources. We do not have personal experience with the majority of these businesses, so do not consider inclusion here as our personal or medical recommendation.



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Communication / Bodily Hexis

Speech Language Pathologists

  • Tallulah Breslin, MS, CCC/SLP Virtual gender and identity affirming voice training for all gender's speaking voices. Teaches workshops to train voice professionals to provider effective, efficient, inclusive, and affirming voice training. Also offers professional consultations and public speeches for voice training, cultural competency, and augmentative and alternative communication therapy. Can provide speech, language, voice, communication and cognitive therapy in situations where clients are struggling to find inclusive care in these areas or need advanced expertise. Teens and adults. Income-based sliding scale available to those in need. This is me- the provider who created and maintains this resource. I hope it helps! :)

  • Courtney Pruitt, MS, CCC/SLP Virtual gender affirming voice training for singing and speaking voice. Courtney's extensive music background allows her to train both gender affirming vocal techniques and improve singing abilities. Also offers voice rehabilitation, swallowing, cognitive, and articulation therapy. All ages. Some insurances accepted, also offers sliding scale to those in need. Courtney is part of our team. Tallulah has trained her in gender affirming voice techniques and recommends her as a skilled, culturally-competent provider with expertise in gender affirming singing voice training.

  • Emily McCullough, MA, CCC/SLP Treats pediatric autism, & language, communication, and articulation disorders. Bilingual English/Spanish. We have personally screened this SLP and recommend her as a culturally-competent provider.

Gender Neutral Name and Title Ideas

  • Lindsey Danis gender neutral character names for writers

  • Nonbinary wiki

  • Gender Queeries Gender neutral/ queer titles

  • Same-sexparents Gender Neutral/Non-Binary Parent Titles

  • Example of one way to be inclusive with child naming: choose at least two total names (a middle and a first name), one remarkable and one common, and at least one gender neutral. For example, for a child assigned female at birth: Charlie Lilybelle, for a child assigned male at birth: Ryan Fox, and for an entirely gender neutral name: Kaden Bailey.

Voice Practice Tools

  • Backstage Monologues for oral reading practice

  • Virtual piano or Virtual guitar for pitch matching

  • Microphone test Use for computer microphone troubleshooting

  • Interactive International Phonetic Alphabet chart allows you to hear what the different symbols we use to represent the sounds of spoken languages sound like. IPA stands for the international phonetic alphabet.

  • AmPitch Real-time scrolling pitch analyzer- displays both pitch and amplitude, and can be configured for different voices

  • WASP2 Record and save live audio, and display speech as a waveform, spectrogram, and pitch track

  • MRI of Anna-Maria Hefele singing What's happening on the inside when you sing in different pitch ranges

  • Laryngoscopy during vocal play Watch the vocal folds on video

  • Pink Trombone Hear how different changes you make affect speech sounds

  • Petralex and Microphone Live microphone loop back apps. Have a little latency, but allow you to listen to yourself while you're doing voice practice.

  • Tiny Piano app is a great mobile tool for pitch matching. The notes are conveniently written at the bottom of the keys. Per my research review, masculine speakers stereotypically use E2-E3, androgynous or gender neutral speakers use A2-G3, and feminine speakers use D3-C4 speaking range.

Gender Voice Communities

 

Visual Elements

Binders

Half or short binders restrict breathing and speech less than full length binders. Binding breasts risks damaging your breast tissue. If you're binding you'll want to be aware of your breathing patterns to make sure you aren't shallow breathing. Do not bind with Ace Bandage or Saran Wrap- your lungs and ribs thank you.

  • Binding 101 by genderbands (and also occasionally free binders)

  • Dr. William Powers method for determining binder fit: four fingers inserted under the side of the binder should stay flat, if the fingers are pressed in the binder is too tight.

  • Point of Pride free chest binders program long waitlist

  • Underworks compression undergarments including chest binders

  • Flavnt skintone skin tone chest binders, birch - onyx

  • LeoLines binders & gender neutral lingerie on Etsy

  • Spectrum Outfitters short binders

  • KT Tape Recommended by multiple people for binding. CVS brand tape doesn't have the branding on it that the KT name brand has.

  • TransTape KT type tape marketed for binding

  • Binder Exchange free binder program for people in the United States who need but cannot afford a chest binder

  • Gender Junk The Gender Junk program provides transgender youth without access to gender affirming items free binders and other gender affirming items.

Gender Neutral Apparel/Underwear

  • TOMBOYX High-quality, gender-neutral underwear, swimsuits, and lounge/sleepwear. I have personally purchased products from this store and recommend them.

  • LeoLines leotards, chest binders, swimsuits, panties, bras

  • Glamour Boutique Gaffs panties for tucking, clothing marketed to crossdressers

  • Savage x Fenty by Rhianna: wider crotch panties

  • Spectrum Outfitters boxers you can pack and pad in

  • Rubies No-tucking needed form-fitting underwear, bikini bottoms, and bathing suits for trans girls. Love their slogan: "It magically turns a pointy poker into a dainty dune."

  • Play Out Apparel Gender-equal underwear and athleisure in extended sizes XS-5X.

  • ECCE HOMO Gender neutral underwear and lingerie. Well-labeled products ("Space in front" and "Flat front").

Clothing Fit/ Sizing/ Styling

Salons, Haircuts, Makeup, Hair Removal and Wigs

  • cute nail studio in Austin: Nail art, microblading, waxing, tattoos, facials. cash only

  • STRANDS FOR TRANS Directory of trans-friendly hair salons and barbershops

  • Coco Coquette in Austin, TX and Denver, CO sells wigs, cosmetics, and accessories. They offer a free virtual group makeup workshop for transgender and non-binary people interested in learning more about makeup in a safe and supportive environment. They throw wig parties, do photo shoots, and teach people how to put on makeup. They describe themselves as providing an LGBQTIA safe space and nurturing an anti-racist environment where employees and customers are treated with respect and equality.

  • Laser & Electrolysis Studio Laser and electrolysis hair removal. Schedules sessions so that people aren't arriving at the same times as others are leaving to maintain privacy. Has a referral program. Sascha was recommended by multiple transgender women who recommended her hair removal services as "comfortable, understanding, and accepting." We have personally screened this provider and recommend this business as culturally competent and affirming.

  • The Glory Box Hair Studio After 15 years in the beauty industry, The Glory Box Hair Studio was created as a space free of judgement but full of accessible luxury. Offering a range of hair and beauty Services from cuts, color, and hair extensions to facial waxing. Owned and operated by Jessy, The Glory Box strives for exceptional beauty above the gender spectrum.

Expanded Size Foot Wear

  • Sophia Webster UK shoe company selling women's shoes sized up to EU 46/ UK 13/ US 15.5. Shoes cost $195-340.

  • shoes.com Women's shoes up to US size 20. Size 16 and below has a wide selection, with shoes priced $36-310, and many shoes available in the $36-50 range. Size 17 has a few options for heels, boots, sandals, and sneakers. Sizes 18-20 has steel toe boots and canvas sneakers only. Some styles are offered in narrow and wide width. Pay attention to sizing and double box any return packaging- it isn't always clear if they're listing UK or US sizing, and returns have been reported to be denied for arbitrary reasons.

  • Tom's shoes up to women's size 12

  • Sorel Women's sneakers, sandals, wedges, boots, booties and slippers up to size 12

  • Cinderella Shoes Women's shoes up to size 15. Slippers at birkenstock-style sandals (brand Emma) at size 15, wide style selection size 10-14. Narrow, medium, and wide width available. Prices range from $37 for slippers to $225 for boots.

  • Pleaser Shoes Shoes up to size 17, known for flashier styles but also has flats and pumps.

  • Tomboy Toes Menswear styled shoes in smaller sizes (EU 36-40) (women's size 7-10) leather and vegan styles

  • Solely Original custom fit shoes. Shoes are fitted to a custom mold made from your feet, so ALL sizes can be purchased here. The mold is made in your home and shipped through the mail. Very pricey but if it's in your budget it's a great service.

Clothing

  • Thrift Center 4101 S 1st St, Austin This is our favorite thrift store in town- they have a wide size range, it's well organized, and we always find something we like that fits.

  • Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds 1506 S Congress Ave, Austin

  • Buffalo Exchange 2904 Guadalupe St, Austin

 

Body Shape and Medical Care

Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Medical Care including HRT and gender confirming surgeries

Taking medications without routine monitoring by a physician, "herbal" hormones, black market hormones, unregulated supplements, do-it-yourself breast or genitalia alterations, inserting a tampon into your anus, and black market surgeries can cause harm, have long-lasting undesired consequences, and even lead to death. Sadly, these practices have permanently harmed and killed many trans people. Even in trace amounts, Rogaine has killed felines. Your life and safety matters: PLEASE inform yourself and stay safe. Taking any medication or receiving any surgery should only be under the direction of a licensed health care practitioner.

  • Endocrinology clinic at UT Southwestern

  • Crane Center in Austin and San Francisco, transgender surgery center, entire hospital dedicated to trans surgeries Personally recommended by many people who have stated they received surgeries at the center. We are impressed that we have never heard of any issues with this surgery center, and we have met a lot of people who have had surgery here. We'll update this if we ever hear differently. We still recommend being really cautious when it comes to tracheal shaves here though- We've heard they do not have a laryngologist working for them, and plastic surgeons are performing the procedure at the same time as FFS.

  • LGBT Resource Center in Dallas. HIV/STI testing & care, HRT, PrEP, Labs, Vaccinations, Primary care. Dental Services, Behavioral Health Services, Community Groups

  • Del Scott Perry, RN, FNP at Texas Health Family Care in Fort Worth. Follows the Powers method. Inclusive clinic, familiar with trans care, has transgender family members they are accepting of and highly supportive of, and involved in transgender support organizations.

  • Kind Clinic in Austin and San Antonio. PrEP and PEP access, HRT, HIV/STO testing & care, telepractice, Sponsors. Most services are no or low cost, has a waitlist. Some issues with long waits such as for prescription refills have been reported. Also has been reported to require a month wait before prescribing HRT. A very large number of people have reported to us a good experience with HRT management.

  • Dr. Gabrielle Patterson at Methodist Health System in Richardson. Trans friendly primary care doctor, specialty in internal medicine

  • Planned Parenthood. Uses the informed consent model. Will work with people that don't have insurance. Takes some insurances. Has clinics in Addison, Arlington, Austin, Bedford, Brownsville, Cedar Hill, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Fort Worth, Harlingen, Houston, Lubbock, Mesquite, Paris, Plano, San Antonio, Spring, Stafford, Tyler, and Waco. Many people have reported to us a good experience with HRT management.

  • Monrose Center in Houston Many people have reported to us a good experience with care there.

  • Eva Montez at Central Family Practice in Austin. Primary care and HRT. Does not accept insurance. Private pay rates are listed on their website. We are familiar with this clinic and recommend them as culturally competent.

  • Jessica Zwiener, MD and R. Todd O'Neal at Braeswood Endocrinology in Bellaire (near Houston). Endocrinology, primary care, and transgender medicine including HRT. Went into business specifically to work with gender diverse people. Uses the Powers method. Has been highly recommended by multiple people who have received HRT services from her.

  • Legacy Community Health in Houston and Beaumont. HIV/STD screening & treatment, HRT, mental health and social services. Vision tests at Frost Eye Clinic. Services offered regardless of ability to pay. This provider has been recommended by one person who stated they received HRT services from them.

  • Body Affirming Surgeries in Houston

  • Dr. Daniel J. Freet, MD at University of Texas at Houston. Plastic and reconstructive surgeon, offers gender affirming surgery.

  • Sindura Bandi, DO, FACOG at ARC North Austin Ob/Gyn This provider has been highly recommended by a person who stated they received gender affirming services from this provider, including salpingectomy (removal of fallopian tubes). Other people have also highly recommended her care, but have reported mixed experiences with other doctors at this office.

  • Pride Family Medicine & Aesthetics in Cedar Park. Previously Zest. Primary care, HRT, hair removal In May 2021 we received multiple first person reports of privacy violations including screenshots of staff members sharing patient's protected health information on social media without their consent, as well as other reports of miscommunications and inconsistencies regarding billing practices. Many other people highly recommend them.

  • Dr. Sara Ashitey at Southwest Family Medicine in Dallas. Comprehensive medical office: primary and urgent care, labs, pharmacy, imaging. HRT, PrEP, laser hair removal, physical therapy, behavioral health, suboxone.

  • William Marcus Spurlock at Renewed Vitality MD in Dallas, uses the Powers method.

  • Maggie White at CrofootMD in Houston, PCP who uses the Powers method.

  • Ronald Giometti at Carrollton Family Practice in Carrollton, PCP who uses the Powers method.

  • Dr. Maria Lee, MD at Greater Heights Endocrinology in Houston, which is associated with Memorial Hermann. This provider was recommended by one person who stated they were happy with the endocrinology services including HRT provided by Dr. Lee.

  • Ashwell Clinic on Cameron Rd in Austin. Uses the informed consent model. Requires a month wait before prescribing HRT. Was recommended by a person who received HRT services from this provider.

  • Dr. Stockton Roberts, Trinity Care Clinic of Dallas. Private practice, provides HRT. Uses the informed consent model. Recommended by a person who stated they received HRT and primary care services.

  • Stefanie McCain MD. in Abilene. Obstetrician and gynecologist. Also offers Aesthetician services. Began prescribing HRT in 2015. We have received mixed reviews of this doctor from two people. Concerns were related to her bedside manner. The same people said they were otherwise happy with her care.

  • AOC (Aids Outreach Center) in Fort Worth, Has a trans wellness program that provides HRT, STD testing, patient navigator and counseling, all services free, but has a wait.

  • Prism Health North Texas in Dallas, HRT, counseling, STI and HIV treatment, PrEP, free condoms. Has a monthly transgender care clinic every third Monday from 5-7pm, also offers pharmacy services.

  • Dr. Hien Tran, MD, endocrinologist at Texas Diabetes. Fluent in English and Vietnamese. Uses WPATH method. This provider was recommended by multiple people for providing affirming care and managing adolescent HRT.

  • Informed consent HRT provider map

  • Plume Online only. Teletherapy, does not accept insurance. Gatekeeps: requires letter for HRT access. Has been described to us as a practical way to get HRT prescriptions if you do not have another option.

  • Elizabeth Renae Angstman Just, MD a primary care physician located in Austin. This provider was recommended by a patient for using correct language and being knowledgeable about queer and trans issues.

  • Dr. Aliza Norwood is an internist at Dell. She works with gender diverse adults, provides HIV supportive care, and is certified in internal medicine and has an HIV specialist certification. She has written advocacy articles available on the Austin Chronicle website. We have personally screened this provider and recommend her as a culturally-competent provider and advocate.

  • Dr. Maria Monge at Seton. She was recommended by another MD: "she does gender affirming care for kids/adolescents and is great." We have heard from many trans teens and their parents that they have been happy with their care experience with Dr. Monge, as well as their in-office Covid precautions.

  • The following three gender reassigning surgery centers were described to us as, "The best on the planet"

  • Chettawut Plastic Surgery Center in Bangkok, China.

  • East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery, Dr. Keith Jonathan, in New Jersey and New York

  • Marci L. Bowers, M.D. in California, Seattle, and Colorado

  • Dr. Cordoba Kissee endocrinologist, provides gender affirming care including HRT. This provider has been recommended to us by another provider, who said that she had multiple clients who were under Dr. Kissee's care, and that she was the leading gender affirming endocrinologist in South Texas.

  • Dr. Saul Rivas OBGYN provides gender affirming care. This provider has been recommended to us by another provider, who said that two of her clients had been seen by him for gender affirming hysterectomies.

Mental Healthcare and Support Groups

  • Jennifer Gamewell, LPC at Gamewell Innovative Counseling, LLC. Childhood, adolescence, young adult, and adult counseling. Gender, eating disorder, and LGBTQIA+ Therapy. Offers gender-affirming therapy for people anywhere along the gender spectrum. In Austin. Offers in person and virtual sessions. Also offers support groups. Accepts some insurances. Many people have recommended Jennifer for affirming counseling. Jennifer was recommended by two people for managing adolescent eating disorders. We have personally screened this therapist and recommend her as a culturally-competent provider.

  • Ashley Taylor, virtual counseling to all Texas. Specializes in folks 15+ with concerns about family dynamics, self-worth, anxiety, dysphoria, and relationship difficulties, as well as those who wish to explore or are questioning their identity. Private pay, has sliding scale for young trans adults. We have personally screened this therapist and recommend her as a culturally-competent provider. Many people have recommended Ashley.

  • Bethany Luna in Lubbock at Phoenix Moon Therapy. Specializes in trans youth and adults, anxiety, and the Gottman method. We have personally screened this therapist and recommend her as a culturally-competent provider.

  • Susan Gurney at Congruent Therapy of Austin Private pay only, sliding scale available. Also works at JustMind with autism, ADHD, depression, accepts BCBSTX and Wholefoods. We have personally screened this therapist and recommend her as a culturally-competent provider.

  • Benje Morrison, counseling in Abilene through Abilene Professional Center. Able to write gender-affirming letters but does not hold a PhD. Was recommended by one person.

  • Noah S. Garcia, LPC-S, NCC at NextQuest Counseling, PLLC. Noah is a nonbinary trans man and mental health therapist who offers gender competent and affirming therapy for adults of all genders (and sexualities!) located anywhere in Texas via telehealth. Noah has experience with a variety of mental health concerns such as depression and mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, gender dysphoria, grief and loss, ADHD, autism, self esteem and self worth, guilt, shame, general life transitions, and assertiveness and healthy boundaries, to name a few. Noah also has a therapy group for Trans Masc people. Private pay with reduced fee spots available. Noah has a podcast where he interviews therapists in the Austin area. NextQuest Podcast offers in depth interviews to help people find therapists that would be a good fit for them. We have personally screened this therapist and recommend him as a culturally-competent provider. Many people have recommended Noah for counseling. We recommend his podcast.

  • Lauren Farwell, Psy.D with Meet Your Mind Clinicial Psychology and Neuropsychology. Psychological and neuropsychological testing and evaluations. Accepts BCBSTX PPO, private pay, contact regarding other insurances. Get started here with our interview: "The Transgender Survival Guide with Dr. Lauren Farwell, Tallulah & Fiona" We have personally screened this therapist and recommend Dr. Farwell as a culturally-competent provider.

  • Miranda M. Nadeau is a psychologist in Austin. Rcommended by one person for writing a gender affirming letter.

  • Jenny (Silver) Beauchamp, LCSW-S is a social worker at MyEmerge. Takes some insurances. She was recommended by one person for providing culturally competent therapy. Two people reported cancellations were a concern.

  • Mary Mattis, LCSW/S, LCDC, they/them and she/her, at SoCo Counseling in Austin. Works with people and couples, and specializes in working with non-binary and trans adults. Helps with resources, identity formation, and problems of substance use. Private pay, some sliding scale available. Offers in person and virtual therapy in Texas. We have personally screened this therapist and recommend them as a culturally-competent provider.

  • Memorial Relationships & Couple Center in Houston. Bilingual English-Spanish, LGBTQ friendly, price reduction available

  • OutYouth Virtual Trans Wellness Support Group, 18+

  • OutYouth Virtual Gender Identity Group, Ages 12-18

  • PFLAG Virtual & Live Central Texas Support Groups We have had good experiences interacting with staff and volunteers for the local PFLAG chapter, seen that they are very supportive of the local community, and have heard positive feedback regarding their business education and support groups.

  • PFLAG National find a chapter

  • Dallas Rainbow Counseling Offers in-person and online therapy for people, LGBT couples, counseling for the transgender community, LGBT youth and family therapy. Functions as an out of network provider for insurance

  • ConnEQction- equine therapy in Kyle, TX, weekday and weekend availability, LGBTQIA+ affirming providers.

  • Pecan Creek Ranch- equine therapy in Georgetown, TX, open Tuesdays-Saturdays, has a waitlist, has one trans staff member.

  • Dr. Jo Eckler, PLLC with Beyond Therapy. Offers single-session evaluations over video for letters for gender-affirming procedures on a pay-what-you-can basis. Available for people over 18 who are in TX, AL, AZ, CO, DC, DE, GA, IL, MD, MO, NE, NH, NV, NC, OK, PA, TN, UT, and VA. Was recommended for writing gender affirming letters.

  • Renee Randazzo, M.S., LPC- she/her, counselor who specializes in helping people of all gender identities explore gender issues, as well as trauma, complex trauma, anxiety, mood issues, body image, family-of-origin issues, spirituality/soul, communication and relationships, gender identity, gender affirmation/transition, sex and sexuality, and intersectional LGBTQ+ issues. Teletherapy to teens and adults in Texas. As availability allows, offers free short-term assessments to provide letters of support. Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) insurance, Private pay, sliding scale available. Was recommended by another counselor for working with gender diverse clients with trauma.

  • Becks Byington, LMSW- he/him Was recommended by another counselor for working with gender diverse clients with trauma.

  • Krystal Klein provides in person and telehealth services in Texas. Specializing in LGBTQIA+ and gender affirming mental health care to support teens and adults who are in various stages of their journey. I offer gender confirmation letters after one session and follow WPATH/USPATH Standards of Care. In network with some insurances. We have personally screened this provider and recommend her as a culturally-competent provider and advocate.

  • Denise O'Doherty, LMFT , LPC, MSN, RN: psychotherapist, transgender advocate, author. Wrote the books “Thriving Through Transition: Self Care for Parents of Transgender Children” (also available in Spanish) and "Personal Boundaries & Effective Confrontation Workbook". Has a private practice in Houston, offers virtual appointments. Specializes in working with couples, gender transition, recovery, and personal growth work. Has experience supporting parents of transgender children of all ages, and has a background in nursing. Follows WPATH guidelines. We have personally screened this provider and recommend her as a culturally-competent provider and advocate with extensive experience working with the gender diverse community.

Psychiatrists & Medication Managers

  • Dr. Supriya S. Kothavale, DO at Kothavale Psychiatry PLCC, child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist in Austin, TX. Provides initial consultations and ongoing treatment in the form of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology virtually to Texas and New York. Gender affirming intake process. Private pay.

  • Lori Fox, APRN, PMHNP-BC, provider at Greater Austin Psychiatry, specialized in the treatment and management of mood and anxiety disorders with a special interest in working with people who identify as LGBQ, have experienced trauma, or have current or past struggles with chemical dependency. Sees people ages 15 and up.

  • Dr. Karen Seroussi, D.O. at Vibrant Minds, provides mental healthcare to children, adolescents, and adults in Central Texas.

  • Jennifer Dawson, PA-C, Psychiatric physician assistant at Counterbalance Counseling specializing in medication management with supportive psychotherapy for people ages 16+. LGBTQIA Advocate. Private Pay via telehealth, also accepts Lyra. Jennifer was recommended by another provider as a culturally competent provider of medication management.

Dentists

  • Dr. Nazgol Gharbi, DDS, DPH, MPH, at Celebrate Dental Austin. "As a dental public health specialist, the topic of oral health disparities among LGBTQ+ community has always been close to my heart. I do everything I can to make a change in their lives and their oral and overall health by providing a safe and welcoming environment to serve their dental needs. Staff are fluent in English, Spanish, and Farsi."

Body Work

  • Lance Weihmuller, Touch Ceremony in Austin, at Earth Commons, massage therapist

  • Rocky Lane, virtual personal trainer at Autonomy Movement Gym

  • Thais Bicalho Silva, physical therapist at Feldenkrais Physical Therapy in Austin, focused on pelvic work Recommended to be "wonderful and affirming."

  • Mel Dingus with Georgetown Texas Kung Fu & Tai Chi Offering Shaolin Kung Fu and Tai Chi to ages 8 and up in the Georgetown area. Trans-owned and operated. In person and zoom classes available.

 

Good to know

Dates of Note

  • Trans Day of Visibility March 31st

  • Transgender Day of Remembrance November 20th

  • International Pronouns Day third Wednesday of October

Trans Accepting/Friendly Employers

Trans friendly places to live

  • Raintree apartments in Sherman, Texas

  • Thrive Youth Center in San Antonio on Haven for Hope's campus. Emergency shelter and services for LGBTQ young adults ages 17-24. Rapid re-housing program

  • Operation Obsidian Safe and stable housing for BIPOC transmasculine people in Maryland. Also offers support with health insurance and workplace skills development.

Publications