Some recent findings have provided clues and possibly answers as to how
or why some or most cases of transsexuality occur. In 1997, J.N. Zhou,
M.A. Hofman, L.J. Gooren and D.F. Swaab conducted tests on the brains of
transgender individuals. Their tests showed that the volume of the
central subdivision of the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BSTc), a
brain area that is essential for sexual behaviour, is larger in men than
in women. A female-sized BSTc was found in male-to-female transsexuals.
The size of the BSTc was not influenced by sex hormones in adulthood and
was independent of sexual orientation. Their study was the first to show
a female brain structure in genetically male transsexuals and supports
the hypothesis that gender identity develops as a result of an
interaction between the developing brain and sex hormones. Perhaps
confirming why this brain difference occurs, in 2008 at Prince Henry's
Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, biological studies were
performed to attempt to find a link between genes and transsexuality.
Their study shows male to female transsexuals are more likely than
non-transsexual males to have a longer version of a receptor gene for
the sex hormone androgen or testosterone. The research suggests reduced
androgen and androgen signaling contributes to the female gender
identity of male to female transsexuals. They say that it is possible
that a decrease in testosterone levels in the brain during development
might result in incomplete masculinization of the brain in male to
female transsexuals, resulting in a more feminized brain and a female
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Transgender San Francisco
TransGender San Francisco is the largest transgender organization in
the United States! TGSF is a group for all members of the
Transgendered Community. Transgender is used as an umbrella term
that includes female and male cross dressers, transvestites, drag
queens or kings, female or male impersonators, intersexed
individuals, pre-operative, post-operative or non-operative
transsexuals, masculine females, feminine males, all persons whose
perceived gender or anatomical sex may be incongruent with their
gender expression, and all persons exhibiting gender characteristics
and identities which are perceived to be androgynous.
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National Center for Transgender Equality
The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is a 501(c)3
social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of
transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.
Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative (TEEI)
Matching dynamic people with sustainable jobs in safe workplaces
TEEI is a unique collaborative program designed to help transgender
individuals find stable jobs that provide a living wage, benefits, and
opportunities for advancement in the San Francisco area.
Transgender Law Center
The Transgender Law Center works with community members and allies
to make California a state in which we can all fully and freely
express our gender identities. On their site, you'll find one of the
nation's most comprehensive collections of resources on transgender
law, information about their innovative projects, and tons of other
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex Resources
LGBTIR reflects and advances the University of California's
commitment to equity, diversity, and cultural competence in
education, employment, research, and health care. You're warmly
invited to contact them about LGBTIR's programs and services, which
include Workshops, Information, Networking, Advocacy, Listservs, a
Newsletter, and a Library.
Sacramento FTM Support Group
Lavendar Library located at 1414 21st Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
First Tuedsay of every month
The purpose of this group is to provide a safe, supportive environment for
individuals who were born female bodied and identify as male. Individuals could
already be transitioned FTM's, transitioning FTM's, or individuals questioning
their own identities as FTM's.
Sacramento Delta Girls
The Sacramento Chapter of Tri-Ess, P.O. Box 2231, Carmichael, CA 95609,
The Sacramento chapter of Tri-Ess represents cross-dressers, their spouses, or
Significant Others, and their families. They meet once-a-month, for a time of
socializing, sharing, and support. They welcome all to join them for an evening.
Sacramento Gender Association
SGA c/o The Center, 1927 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814-4108
Want to talk to somebody? Our Phone number (voicemail) is
916 442-0185 x141
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