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Therapists and Doctors in the Portland and Seattle Metropolitan Area
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I have posted a most worthy notice of a fundraiser for Transgendered Youth
I will also present some information for counseling for Transgendered youth Families in the near future
TransActive provides a full range of support services including Child and Family Therapy, Community Education, and Advocacy to improve the quality of life of transgender and gender non-conforming children.Trans Youth Active Counseling Pamphlet
Thank you for your time,
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Thomas Cordova, Program Coordinator
Write Around Portlandhttp://www.writearound.org/
The Jim Collins Foundation provides grants for Gender Dysphoria patients
2010 Physicians Assistant OHSU Presentation on Gender Dysphoria
Esprit 2010 MTF Hormone Presentation This is the PowerPoint presentation given at Esprit in Port Angeles
For years I have looked for an excellent resource for surgical hair restoration. Many of the procedures I have seen have not been very satisfactory. I had an opportunity to hear Dr. Steven Gabel , who is a board certified plastic surgeon who has professional interest in helping transgendered individuals. I found him to be highly informative and knowledgeable. I have often thought one of the neglected areas of transition is hair preservation and restoration. I would highly recommend him. Steven Gabel, MD web site.
A website I became aware of at Esprit that is worth a visit Over The Rainbow Transformations
To my patients who teach me far more than I ever pass on to them, I am grateful for the honor of caring for you. I wish I could devote more time to my website. I hope it is helpful and if there is something local that individuals would like to have added I would glad to do so. I try to avoid politics and rhetoric as the internet is rife with this.
(November 10, 2009)
A new resource is project E.Q.U.A.L. http://www.projectequal.com . This is a six hour LGBT specific relationship workshop providing counseling in relationships and families and has a weekly addictions recovery group.
I have lectured at the OHSU Physician Assistants program for the sixth year. One of the doctors there said that only a few doctors have the expertise that I have with transgendered individuals. I don't know if that is true or not. I think if I know anything it is from those who have taught me and not otherwise. The loss of my friend Susan Vaughn makes me realize that however great, our contributions are small and in the end to much confidence begets error and ego. I hope this website does some small good and that we treat each other as if our meeting in life is a rare and happy occasion for celebrating our existence and desire to serve others
New link to Dr Jennefir Burnett website http://
drjenspage.com Dr Jens Webpage
I have recently had several requests for letters and medication refill requests. Because of HIPAA laws I cannot respond to these by my regular email: email@example.com . If there is a need for these items they have to be directed to my office directly at 503-659-4988 If you are seen at the Old Town Clinic they must be directed to that office at 503-241-3838.
but here is the presentation from
Esprit on MTF hormones for 2009. My deep appreciation for all the
courtesy and friendship therI have talked about hormones at Esprit 2008 in
Port Angeles and renewed many old acquaintances
I presented at the Gay and Lesbian
Medical Association in Seattle on October 23, 2008.
TransYouth Family Advocates announces campaign for transgender suicide awareness
HOLLAND, MI– Today, TransYouth Family Advocates (TYFA) launches the Amethyst Ribbon Campaign, an awareness project to battle suicide among transgender youth.
The Amethyst Ribbon Campaign was established as part of the Ian Benson Project. Ian was a 16-year old affirmed male who took his own life in October 2007. Ian's mother, TYFA's secretary/treasurer, hopes to help other children and families avoid the pain and struggles that can lead to suicide among trans youth.
"Transgender" (or the abbreviation "trans") describes people whose gender identity or expression differs from expectations for their physical sex characteristics or sex assigned at birth. Recent estimates conclude approximately 1 in 500 people seek surgical reassignment during their lives, with many more expressing their gender in other ways. Studies suggest that among gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans youth, 50% end up ideating or attempting suicide before adulthood.
TYFA President Shannon Garcia described the symbolism of the Amethyst Ribbon Campaign. "The brilliant violet color of amethyst is also a blend of the pink and blue traditionally used to designate the male/female binary. Amethyst is a precious gem, chosen to represent how precious trans children are to their families and friends."
TYFA Executive Director Kim Pearson said, "Ian was our friend, he was the friend of our children, he was part of our hearts and the hearts of his family. To keep Ian's memory alive, we will help other families and children by telling the stories of our children and families, to reach out to the other Ian's of the world. We can help them and their families find the answers. In honor of Ian and all transgender people, we ask that you share this message and vision."
TransYouth Family Advocates is a coalition of parents, friends and caring adults dedicated to educating and raising public awareness about the medical and cultural challenges faced by children with gender variant and gender questioning identities and the families who love them.
To learn more about the Amethyst Ribbon Campaign, please visit the TYFA website at www.imatyfa.org or call 1-888-IMA-TYFA. The site includes information and resources for trans youth and their families.
I recently received an email from an individual who offers services to cross dressers and transgendered. I have placed the email below
I was honored to speak to the Providence Milwaukie Residency program on 10/24/2007. It is the first time I have had the opportunity to address a group of physicians in training. They were most gracious in their reception. The talk I gave was a variation of the one below on medical care of the transgendered. I was also honored to have Dr. Desmond Johnson who is renown for his work. I believe that if physicians who are in training have some exposure to this medical condition perhaps all who are like us will have merciful care at their hands. After the kind invitation and reception I am most hopeful that transsexuals will not be medical outcasts.
On April 28, I delivered the following talk to The State Physicians Assistant conference on medical issues in the Transgendered
have some other pending invitations that I am considering. I still
volunteer at the Old Town Clinic which has graciously continue to allow me
to work there. I have always be
A recent website I recommend is The Northwest Gender Alliance http://www.nwgausa.com/oregon.htm
A recent website I visited was Laura's Playground. I recommend it highly. It is aimed at preventing transgender suicide. See:
I had the great honor to work on an article for
Bloomberg news regarding transsexual athletes
This year has been a good year in that I have traveled to many states to discuss care and treatment of transgender and GLBT individuals. I particularly had a enlightening time at the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association in Seattle, Washington on October 23, 2008 . I had a warm reception to a discussion on hormone therapy in transgender patients as well as an opportunity to discuss youthful patients. I wish to thank GLMA for their kindness and particularly Becky Allison, MD who is as kind and charming in person as her website would indicate. She did a tremendous job.
I have the permission to add a Adolescent psychiatrist Dr Paul Meyer-Strom as a resource for patients. See Therapists and Doctors in the Portland Metropolitan Area
TransYouth Family Advocates are a national group advocating for young transgenderd individuals. They can be reached at the following location
TransYouth Family Advocates, Inc. (TYFA)
P.O. Box 1471
Holland, MI. 49422
visit us at www.imatyfa.org
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
call us at 1-888-IMA-TYFA
1-888-IMA-TYFA (462-8932)TYFA's national coordinator for public advocacy is Kim Pearson and she can be contacted directly at: email@example.com
Another youth site is http://www.transproud.org/
An excellent article appears in the New York Times on Gendervariant Children can be
found at Supporting Boys or Girls When the Line Isn’t Clear - New York Times
I am pleased that more and more services for youth are becoming available through the efforts of the above individuals and their organizations
Note--if you carry syringes and injectables on an
airplane, be sure to get a note and prescription
There are many beautiful poems by individuals I have
met. I was given permission to print an essay on Transsexuals and God
written by Jennifer Burnett, MD. It is called
The Answer. I have included another work passed on to me--
Why Women Cry I also have been given permission to
publish a series of poems by
A web site for older Ts is Transgender Aging Network
I am frequently asked to write letters for patients for procedures and the State Department for Passports. For information on this see: Letters.
In the last six months I have talked at the Colleges of The University of Oregon , Portland State University, and Lewis and Clark College.
I was honored to talk at the IFGE conference in Philadelphia in April, 2006.
I had the opportunity for the first time to lecture July
11. 2006 at Grimes Hall in front of the Physician Assistant Program.
The program is available as a Power point Presentation at
I had the opportunity to meet
with Barbie Scott, a speech therapist with special skills in helping the
MTF Transsexual to improve their feminine manner of speech. Often
it is the beard and speech which betray transgendered MTF. I
believe her to be a valuable resource and much less expensive then voice
surgery. She can be found under Therapists
The purpose of this web site is to provide timely
information to transsexual patients that live in the Portland
Metropolitan Area. It is initially designed to assist
I hope to provide a list of health care professionals,
support groups, beauty aids and links to other pertinent resources
for these individuals.
Absence of a name does
not in any way imply a professional is not a helpful resource. I
have tried initially to include only names of individuals that I know to
be very helpful to transitioning transsexuals. Please note,
that I am required to remind the user that this is general
I have finished an essay on what I have learned about
I have added a section on special needs transsexuals
that I hope will grow
One of the most important parts of being transgendered
is the effect of religion on the
I hope to develop resources also for FTM patients for
whom I have a growing respect
I had the honor to speak for a transgendered individual
in court recently. I am encouraged
A special note. On December 2, 2004, in the
small town of Mebane, North Carolina, a physician
An interesting article dealing with employment and Gender can be found at Grossman Transsexuals, Dress Codes, And The Law.htm
Recently, it was my pleasure to meet a very special
person who has the gifts to help many
I have been privileged to participate in a yahoo
talk group for trans health professional. A great deal of energy
has gone into discovering why we are as we are. Although some of the
theories are enticing, in the end, a rock does not spend time wondering
why it is a rock. We should spend more time determining how to help
each other in a world that is oft unkind and misunderstanding. For,
if one peers close enough, we are all unique
This site is dedicated to all those who struggle for a
life that lies beyond
Sara K. Becker, MD
Thank You To:
Ashley Hall, and Dee and all
To my partners at
Northwest Primary Group, PC for whom my strangeness
Without these remarkable individuals, none of this would be here.
Sara K Becker, MD all rights reserved