Borrego Health Publications

Department of Trans Medicine New Patient Guide



The National LGBT Health Education Center

Fenway Health

Transgender Law Center

Government agencies:

Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights:

Links to State and Local Human Rights Agencies:




Partner resources, best practices, and standards of care:

Creating Equal Access to Quality Health Care for Transgender Patients: Transgender-Affirming Hospital Policies, Lambda Legal, HRC, & New York Bar:


Healthcare Equality Index, Human Rights Campaign


National Center for LGBT Health Education:


National Resource Center on LGBT Aging:

RAD Remedy’s guide to providing competent care for trans people

Transgender Law Center’s guide to organizing community clinics


Clinical standards of care for transgender people



Mental Health Resources:

Trans LifeLine

National suicide prevention hotline

US: (877) 565-8860 Canada: (877) 330-6366


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

National network of mental health care providers, as well as a provider database­-Support/LGBTQ
Help Line: (800) 950-­6264


National Council for Behavioral Health

National network of community behavioral health centers, as well as a provider database


SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

A national database for local professionals and agencies that provide addiction recovery services and mental health care.

(800) 662-HELP (4357)

Common Terminology

Gender Dysphoria: The emotional distress that results from one’s gender identity differing from the sex assigned at birth.

Gender Expression: The way a person expresses their gender through behavior, clothes, mannerisms, and other characteristics.

Gender Identity: An individual’s inner sense of being masculine, feminine, both, or neither, which develops between the ages of three and six and is part of their sense of self, or self-identity. Gender identity is not necessarily the same as the sex someone is assigned at birth. Every person has a gender identity.

Gender Incongruence: A term for being someone who is not aligned with the way society describes their sex and how they live in the world.

Gender Nonconforming: A term used to refer to people who do not follow other people’s ideas or stereotypes about how they should look or act based on the sex assigned at birth.

Transgender: A term used to describe a person who identifies with or expresses a gender identity different from the sex assigned at birth. Often, the term “trans” is used in its place.

Borrego Health recognizes that language is a key component of culturally appropriate care. We use “trans” or “transgender” as an umbrella term intended to include a diverse group of genders, identities, and expressions. 

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