LGBTQ Health: Transgender Health

Rainbow with I Am Transgender written on a gray board

"Transgender" is a term that describes gender identity, gender expression, and behavior that does not conform with socially ascribed gender norms for one's biological sex at birth.

Some people might alter their bodies with hormones or surgery so that their gender identity and biological sex at birth match more closely. Others may express gender in less permanent ways, including through clothing, hair, makeup, pronoun usage, and other gender expression behaviors. Still others choose not to alter their external appearance. Regardless, transgender people are unified by the desire to be seen and treated in a way consistent with how they self-identify.

Sexual orientation refers to the sex of people someone is attracted to and has sexual interest in. Gender identity refers to a person's internal understanding of his or her own gender. Someone who is transgender may identify as heterosexual, bisexual, or gay or lesbian.

The following selection of resources is intended to increase awareness of health issues and disparities affecting transgender people.

Health: General Resources

Center of Excellence for Transgender Health - University of California San Francisco
A resource for transgender health information for the public and providers.

Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People – World Professional Association for Transgender Health
Guidelines for standards of care for health professionals and the general public.
[also listed under Service Providers: Health Providers]

Trans & Gender Nonconforming Health – Howard Brown Health
Information on transgender and gender nonconforming health care at Howard Brown Health.

Trans Aging Network - FORGE
Information for transgender persons on aging.

Transgender Health – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
General information on transgender health, including fact sheets, resources of transgender persons, and resources for health care providers and public health professionals.

Wisconsin Transgender Health Directory – Wisconsin Transgender Health Coalition
Directory of health care providers in Wisconsin who provide inclusive and affirming health services to transgender people.

Safety and/or Anti-Violence

Anti-Violence - FORGE
Resources for trans+ survivors of violence and their loved ones.

Sexual Health

HIV and Transgender People – CDC
Information on HIV and transgender persons

Safer Sex for Trans Bodies – Whitman-Walker Health and Human Rights Campaign
Safer sex guide for transgender persons and their partners.

Trans Agencies in Wisconsin

National transgender anti-violence organization based in Milwaukee.

Wisconsin Transgender Health Coalition
Wisconsin organization focused on transgender health.


Pediatric and Adolescent Transgender Health (PATH) Clinic – UW Health
Information on services and resources provided by University of Wisconsin Pediatric and Adolescent Transgender Health (PATH) Clinic.

Last Revised: March 23, 2021