This is basically just an article that lists and discusses what the title says it discusses. I wanted to fit all of this in my trans FAQ but the article was already 8 ½ pages long without this or the works cited section. Instead, I’m putting it all here just in case there’s anyone reading who could make use of it. It won’t take up the space of one of my regular articles. You’ll still get your weekly Friday post. I just felt it was a good idea to compile all of my local resources (or at least the ones I know about) together in one spot.
The Kind Clinic is probably the most noteworthy trans resource in Austin. They are a non-profit organization that provides many services to the local LGBTQ+ community. I get quarterly check-ups where they monitor my health to This is where I am prescribed my HRT. They do all of this for free if you don’t have insurance. The downside is that I was on a waiting list for six months just to get my first appointment. If you have insurance and/or the money, Planned Parenthood’s North Austin location has a gender clinic where you can do the same thing among their many other services. I’m told there are multiple endocrinology offices that will also work with you but I don’t know the names of any of them.
As far as support groups go, PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) has a very large presence in Austin. There are multiple locations that hold monthly meetings here and it’s probably one of the best in-person resources for people who aren’t LGBTQ+ since it is more slanted towards families and friends of LGBTQ+ people but many members of the community show up, as well. The trans population is better represented than most since most people don’t really care if you’re gay or bi anymore. At least not in Austin.
There is also the TGQ social that happens 6-9 (Haha, that’s the sex number!) PM on the second Sunday of every month at The Butterfly Bar at the Vortex. God damn, that’s a mouthful. The TGQ social is an event where trans, non-binary, and genderqueer people can go hang out, relax, and make friends in a casual environment. It is at a bar so it’s adults only but it’s awesome because so much support takes place in a formal or clinical environment and this one doesn’t. This removes a lot of pressure. I rarely go, myself, since I always wake up at 5 AM the following morning but it’s definitely worth checking out if you can.
For people under 18, Out Youth is an invaluable resource. They offer a wide array of services for LGBTQ+ youth and teens. They’re located at 909 East 49 ½ Street, next to Tyson’s Tacos. They do all kinds of things. They’re the home of the largest LGBTQ+ library in central Texas, they offer counseling services, they have support groups, support for families, school-based services and all kinds of stuff. They even have a few things for adults such as an adult trans support group every Tuesday that is very popular with the 18-23 crowd but not exclusive to that age range. I don’t attend that group much, anymore but I am there almost every Friday, getting voice lessons.
There is also a monthly trans-feminist reading group that tends to change up days and locations every month but it’s most frequently held at Book Woman on Lamar. I’m told that Book Woman is like one of the only 12 remaining feminist bookstores in the US or something like that but I haven’t been able to confirm this. Anyways, we read an interesting thing on our own then we have an interesting discussion about the interesting thing at the meeting every month and it’s cool. This is one I do try to regularly go to. A lot of people associated with UT’s LGBTQ studies program. It’s really cool if you’re a nerd that likes nerd shit which I am so I do.
Speaking of UT, their law school offers free services, dedicated to helping trans people legally change their name and gender marker. I think that’s pretty cool. I don’t know much about it yet because I have yet to go but it’s awesome that they do this because that shit gets complicated.
There is a non-profit Organization in Austin called Gender Unbound. They support and advocate for the trans and intersex communities through art festivals and other events. The main annual events they hold are the Gender Unbound Art Festival, their Winter Art Market, and another event during the Transgender Day of Visibility (March 31st of every year).
This paragraph will be dedicated to things that aren’t actually resources but are nice to know. Austin is swarming with gender therapists. If you think you might be trans, you really should get a gender therapist if you can afford it. It’s worth noting that the Sephora location at the Domain does offer trans makeup classes but you won’t easily find them on their website. I was only able to find it by becoming a Sephora Insider and searching for it on the app. Coco Coquette used to offer classes but they haven’t since December. I don’t know what’s going on there. A lot of the trans people I know enjoy tabletop gaming so I’d like to mention that I know for a fact that Mothership Books and Games, Dragon’s Lair Comics and Games, and Pat’s Games are all explicitly trans friendly. I don’t know of any places that are explicitly not trans friendly. Every store may be for all I know but I just want people to know there are places they can go without fear. Austin is also home to the second largest pride parade in the US. I don’t really do parades so I couldn’t tell you anything about it but that’s pretty cool, I guess.
This is everything I currently know about but I know that there are a lot more trans resources in Austin. If you are aware of any I didn’t mention, please let me know. This post isn’t set in stone and I will gladly update it when I receive new information. Anyways, I hope you enjoyed reading this and I hope you found it helpful. I’m not going to close with a tradition works cited section this time but list the contact information of all the resources I mentioned in this article, instead.
1101 W 40th St #102
Austin, TX 78756
PO Box 49881
Austin, TX 78765
Butterfly Bar (TGQ Social)
2307 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
909 East 49 1/2 Street
Austin, TX 78751
5501 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
The University of Texas at Austin LGBTQ Studies
Burdine Hall 536
2505 University Avenue, A4900
Austin, TX 78712
The University of Texas at Austin School of Law (Trans Name and Gender Marker Project)
727 East Dean Keeton St.
Austin, TX 78705
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