Family and individual support for teenagers and children with gender identity issues

Registered Charity No. 1073991

 About us
 What is Gender Dysphoria?
 Support and Self Help
 Young Voices
 Parents Voices


Mermaids has put together series of links to other websites offering help for trans issues and other associated issues, such as self harm and intersex. We do not take any responsibility for the content of these sites, as they are not under our control, but we hope that you find what you need.

Support Groups



Leaflets, guides



Support Groups

BeLonGTo - Republic of Ireland
BeLonG To is a national organisation based in the Republic of Ireland for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) young people, aged between 14 and 23. We believe that LGBT young people need to be respected and cared for on the same basis as all other young people, and that when they are safe and supported in their families, schools & society they will thrive as healthy and equal citizens.

Broken Rainbow UK
Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people experiencing domestic violence.

Transgender is a word used to describe different types of gender identity, such as gender dysphoria, and transvestism. Gender dysphoria is a condition where a person feels that they are trapped in the body of the wrong gender.

Support for transgender young people (over 18). Chrysalis operates Meeting Centres in Southampton, Portsmouth area and New Forest area, for people who have Gender Dysphoria.

An organisation offering free, confidential and non-judgemental advice, information and support to all family members, spouses, partners and friends of transsexual people in the UK.

Excellence Centre Wales
The excellence centre supports gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people and promote equality, diversity and human rights through gathering and sharing information and good practice.They provide people with free support, advice and representation around discrimination, harassment, bullying, hate crime and sustain themselves through business services, consultancy, training, and service level agreements.

FTM London
we are a diverse and exciting group that continues to offer much needed support as well as information, resources and friendly networking for the FTM community. We work to alleviate the isolation that can be felt around gender identity issues.

Gender Matters - West Midlands
Gender Matters is a registered charity based in the West Midlands providing support to the transgender community. We are inclusive, providing information and support to all transgender people, their family and friends, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, creed or colour.

Get Connected
Service for the UK offering free, confidential helpline service for young people under 25 who need help but don’t know where to turn. Theycover any problem through five different channels; by phone, email, text, webchat and WebHelp 24/7 with the aim to connect the young person to relevant services.

LGBT Youth Scotland
LGBT Youth Scotland is the largest youth and community-based organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Scotland.

Queer Youth
National LGBT Youth Organisation in the UK. Gay Youth Groups run by and for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Youth and Teens.

The Gender Trust - over 18's only
Gender Trust online, the largest Registered Charity (no. 1088150) helping adults throughout the United Kingdom who are Transsexual, Gender Dysphoric, Transgender (i.e. those who seek to adjust their lives to live as women or men, or come to terms with their situation despite their genetic background), or those who's lives are affected by gender identity issues.

Transgender in Wales (PPFF)
Support group developing for the parents, friends and family members of transgender people in Wales. They have a main website as below:
They can also be found on Facebook
They have a facebook group for partners, parents, family and friends
LGBT Excellence Centre have an entry for their group via the link below

Trans Youth North West - Manchester and beyond



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BBC Slink
BBC Slink is a webite targeting girls aged 13 - 18 which receives around 300,000 unique users per month. We are passionate about helping teens on their journey through life and we often get enquiries from young women who are confused, have been bullied, or effected in some way by gender or sexuality. Here are some examples on our site:

Childrens National Medical Centre
Parents guide for younger children
Although this centre is in the States, their booklet on gender dysphoria for younger children is very good. To visit the site click the link below, to download the booklet click here.
Childrens National Medical Centre - USA

Equality and Human Rights Commission
Transgender - Understanding the terms that are used

Gendered Intelligence
Deliver arts programmers and creative workshops to trans youth (under the age of 25) from across the UK in order to increase the quality of young trans people's life experiences.
Deliver facilitated workshops to all young people within schools, colleges, youth groups and other settings from across the UK, in order to generate discussion and debate around gender and the ways in which it presents challenges in our everyday lives.
Offer Continuing Professional Development, trans awareness training, policy development and consultation as well as attend conferences and events to raise awareness of young trans people's experiences and needs across the UK and beyond.
To contribute to the creation of community cohesion across the whole of the trans community throughout the UK by bringing trans people and professional services together to form partnerships and run projects that will benefit the trans community.

Gender Essence - Northern Ireland
Gender Essence are a specialist professional counselling organisation aimed at providing emotional and therapeutic support to those from our Transgender and Transsexual Communities (to include friends, family members and children).

GIRES (Gender Identity Research and Education Society) are an organisation that work tirelessly to help trans people and their families. The website contains a wealth of information for young people and families, including help on bullying, personal relationships, current treatment protocols and much more.

Graduate Journal of Social Science - Transgender Studies
This page has links to many articles on transgender issues.

Mind - Section on Self Harm
Mind have put together a comprehensive page to explain what self harm is, and why people do it, and how to get help.

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Information pages on Gender Dysphoria.

A practical guide for the NHS
A guide for young trans people in the UK

Press for Change
Press for Change is a political lobbying and educational organisation. We campaign to achieve equality and human rights for all trans people in the United Kingdom, through legislation and social change.

Sex ed for the real world.
Article on trans issues, to read click here.

Confidential reporting on transphobic crime.

Trangender children: more than a theoretical challenge
Natacha Kennedy and Mark Hellen

An article published in the Graduate Journal of Social Science

Transsexual Road Map
Welcome! Transsexual transition is simply a journey. Just like a trip, you decide on your destination, the time you'll need to get there, the money you'll spend.
Transsexual Road Map is a travel guide to set priorities and choose your route.

TranzWiki attempts to be a comprehensive directory of the groups campaigning for, supporting or assisting transgender people across the UK, and has been developed by GIRES. Some groups may appear in one or more subdivisions.

TransFM is an online internet radio network of voices who share experiences, thoughts and ideas on the topics of Gender, sexuality, politics and much more. Everyone is welcome, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.



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Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic - from age 18 upwards
The Gender Identity Clinic (GIC) in Hammersmith (sometimes known as the Charing Cross GIC) is the largest and oldest gender identity clinic in the world and has been in operation since the 1960s.
They accept referrals from all over the UK and deal with a wide variety of people who have issues around their gender.

Dr Kenneth Demsky
Private Treatment, children, adolescents and adults

Gender Identity Development Service
Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust.
Service for children and young people with gender identity issues.

Positive Beams - Tina Livingstone
Transgender Counselling - Understanding the importance of being heard and respecting diversity, enabling people to develop their inner strengths, find their own solutions, and feel secure in their lives.

Over 16's only - Private treatment.

TS Surgery Guide
This is a directory complied by an individual to assist the transgender community to find qualified surgeons. TS Surgery Guide is a directory of surgeons, reviews, requirements and prices. It does not provide any medical advice other than general surgical aftercare, and contains the opinions and reviews from individuals, and is not meant to be an official guide.


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Advisory Centre for Education (ACE)
ACE believes in a fair education system for all. We provide independent advice to parents/carers of children in state-funded schools who are experiencing difficulties such as bullying, SEN, admissions and exclusion from school.

Schools Out
Working towards equality in education for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people since 1974.

The Classroom
The Classroom believes in a unique teaching methodology. These methods, published for the first time here with concrete examples, simplify previously complex issues in tackling homophobia/transphobia.

This site is primarily for teachers in primary schools. It is not just for teachers in primary schools with transgender children in their class, it is for all primary school teachers.



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Advisory Centre for Education (ACE)
ACE believes in a fair education system for all. We provide independent advice to parents/carers of children in state-funded schools who are experiencing difficulties such as bullying, SEN, admissions and exclusion from school.

Bullying UK
Online and helpline support for families and children.

Beatbullying works with children and young people across the UKto stop bullying.We empower young people so deeply affected by bullying thatthey can barely face going to school every day. We help young people to support each other. We help young people that bully to change their attitudes and behaviour. We shape attitudes, and change behaviours.

Kidscape is committed to keeping children safe from abuse. Kidscape is the first charity in the UK established specifically to prevent bullying and child sexual abuse. Kidscape believes that protecting children from harm is key.


Leaflets, Guides

Childrens National Medical Centre
Parents guide for younger children.
Although this centre is in the States, their booklet on gender dysphoria for younger children is very good. To download the booklet click here.

Coming out trans to your parents and family
This pdf leaflet gives information and practical help about how to tell friends and family that you are transgender.

Gendered Intelligence
A Guide for Parents and Family Members of Trans People in the UK - click below to access the PDF guide.

LGBT Excellence Centre Wales
The excellence centre supports Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender people in Wales, the link below takes you directly to the leaflets and posters pages for transgender support.

NHS Guide published by GIRES
Medical Care for gender variant children and young people: answering families questions


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A support site for younger people with lots of links to other sites and information resources.

Childrens National Medical Centre
Parents guide for younger children.
Although this centre is in the States, their booklet on gender dysphoria for younger children is very good. To visit the site click the link below, to download the booklet click here.
Childrens National Medical Centre - USA

Karen's Place
Karen's Place is for Transgendered individuals to visit, make friends, and find support.

Q & A with Norman Spack
An interview with Dr Norman Spack from the Childrens Hospital Boston. Dr Spack has also treated a number of families from the UK who have travelled to the States due to the current lack of treatment available under 16 for children suffering with gender identity issues.

TransFamily is a support group for transgendered and transsexual people, their parents, partners, children, other family members, friends, and supportive others.

TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation
Dedicated to funding research and education about transgender issues to build a brighter future for all TransKids.
Our children aren't pink or blue - but rather - various shades of purple.

Trans youth family allies
TYFA empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities, to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected.

The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.


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True Colours
This website represents young people who experience transsexualism
and a network of their parents, families and supporters throughout Australia.


National organization for the diagnose transsexualism (HBRS).;action=ArticleFolder.publicOpenFolder;ID=182

Inside Out: children in the wrong body.
Link to the website of Sarah Wong. For the past seven years photographer Sarah Wong and journalist Ellen de Visser have been following 11 Dutch children on the way to a new identity. Their photos and reports in the book Inside Out give a glimpse inside the lives of children born in "the wrong body".

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