If you are looking to have a conversation on the internet, the best place to stop by is a forum. There is an abundance of friendly discussion, exploration, and resources about gender or gender identity and being transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, agender,and/or neutrois. Each forum has a particular niche audience, so be encouraged to poke around and find the place you are most comfortable in.
Non-Binary and Genderqueer Info
Neutrois falls under the non-binary identity or genderqueer umbrella. Much has already been collected to address the needs of these overlapping communities, so you’re likely to find the most relevant information there.
LGBTQ General Info
Given the intersection of neutrois and non-normative gender identity and expression, a lot neutrois feel they fall under the queer and/or transgender umbrellas. Thus it is useful to be familiar with these broader concepts in order to better understand the diversity of gender in others and yourself.
So whether you’ve never heard the term ‘queer’ before, or want to learn more about what transgender means, or perhaps you’d like nifty resources to give a friend, family member, or loved one, there are several places to start learning about LGBTQ and transgender identities and communities.
A good place to start gathering information or connecting with other people – both locally and online – is to explore organizations whose work centers around advancing LGBTQ awareness, visibility, acceptance, and equality. Often times homophobia, transphobia, bullying, legal, medical, and other problems are problems that are faced daily and still need to be addressed. Many of these organizations specialize in tackling them in one way or another.
- PFLAG: Parents and Friends of Gays and Lesbians
- GLAAD: Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
- Amplify Your Voice: GLBTQ
- Exhaustive Wikipedia List of LGBT Rights Organizations
- PFLAG Transgender Network
- TYFA: TransYouth Family Allies
- WPATH: World Professional Association for Transgender Health
Speakers and Educators
- GLAD: Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders
- Lambda Legal
- NCLR: National Center for Lesbian Rights
- Transgender Law Center
- Transgender Law and Policy Institute
- Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund
- Sylvia Rivera Law Project
Often the first step for people after discovering their gender identity is coming out. Whether you are the one coming out to yourself, to your entire family, or someone has just come out to you about being Neutrois, you are not along. The many others that have gone before you have created guides, brochures, and collected information to help along your journey.
- PFLAG: Welcoming our Trans Family and Friends (PDF)
- PFLAG: Coming Out
- Trevor Project: Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ youth
- Advocates for Youth
LGBTQ on Campus
If you’re in middle school, high school, college or university, you can begin by joining your school’s GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) or GLBT, or LGBTQ group. If there isn’t one yet, consider starting it. This group is often a great resource for queer and questioning people and allies, starts conversations around sexual orientation and gender identity, raises awareness and visiblity, and you get to meet new people.
- Breaking the Binary Toolkit
- GLSEN: Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network
- Transgender Student Rights
- ACLU: Tips on Starting a GSA
Local support can range from fun gatherings of like-minded folk, educational talks, intimate support cirlces, or even virtual listserves. Places to start asking around about these are counselors at school, HR department at work, local LGBT centers, town clinics or health centers, HIV testing centers, the library, friends, and of course, the internet. Either way, be encouraged to seek out a group for LGBTQ / GLBT, transgender, gender non-conforming, genderqueer or generally queer communities.
- PTHC: Philadelphia Trans Health Conference (early June, Philadelphia, PA)
- Gender Odyssey (early Aug, Seattle, WA)
- Gender Spectrum (mid-July, Berkeley CA)
- Transcending Boundaries (late Oct, Sprinfield, MA)
- TransGuys.com 2012 Conference Guide