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This transgender forum is one of three support services (24/7 Live Trans Chat Group and Trans Video Support Meetings) in the Trans Support Network. The Trans Forum is designed to provide a safe,  healthy and uplifting space for trans people and their partners/spouses to share experiences, resources, and inspiration for happy, gender-affirming journies in all areas of life. The pursuit of gender authenticity can be a lonely process without support and connection with other MTF or FTM people and their partners or spouses who are going through a similar journey. This is not therapy, and your participation in this forum is voluntary. Please adhere to basic principles of kindness and respect:  here are the transgender forum guidelines.

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This forum is here to offer you a place to connect with others with whom you can relate. This forum is designed to be a safe and uplifting place, and a source of strength, support and inspiration on your journey toward gender peace and self-acceptance.

FORUM PHILOSOPHY AND GUIDELINES

1. Every gender journey is unique; there is no RIGHT way to become who you really are. No two people have the same history, education, resources, social supports, or life experience, and as a result, there is no RIGHT answer, or one-size-fits-all way to journey toward gender authenticity and peace.

  • Share your experiences, support, resources and sources of inspiration as freely as you wish.
  • Use first person sharing: "I,"  or "My experience has been..." and never from "You should..." or "You need to..." etc.

2. This journey is difficult enough and every word, comment, or interaction we exchange with another either makes their life easier or more difficult.

  • When you share, do so with the intent to add value, comfort, support or relief to others.

3. Misinformation, generalizations, stereotypes and opinions are easily misconstrued. We do not want to perpetuate false information or stereotypes that are not rooted in fact.

  • If you provide resources and information that is not based on your own personal "I - statement" sharing, provide references and links to back up your information.

4. This space is co-created. Every word added to this forum is a contribution to this site, and it will either add value, or it will diminish the value of this forum.

  • Share only that which adds value when you contribute to this forum.

5. Participants on this forum are all on a journey of their own toward accepting their own, or their loved one's true gender. This is not an appropriate place to lean on others to take care of you in ways that extend beyond a kind ear, a helpful story about their own experience, sharing of useful resources, links, books, and provider information, or general inspiration to encourage you on your journey.

  • This is not a place to offer or request help outside of the words exchanged on this forum.
  • If you are in crisis, here are a list of available resources to call or chat with online right now.
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transgender forumThis transgender forum has been created by Michele O’Mara, LCSW, PhD. She has been providing services to people who identify as transgender (MTF, FTM, Unsure, Gender Non-Binary, Non-Conforming, Gender Queer and Gender Fluid) for the past two decades. If you have feedback or suggestions to improve this forum, please contact us.

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