Gay & Lesbian Services of Western New York


Transgendered- “is an umbrella term, relating to how some individuals express their gender identity.  For some it might mean changing their gender, perhaps surgically; for others, to dress in the clothing of the ‘opposite’ gender; for some, to be free to express themselves as neither male or female; and, for others it means having been bone with ambiguous genitalia.

Taken from: Gender and Sexual Identity: The Journey Begins, May 1998.  Originally designed and produced by the Calgary Regional Health Association.  Distributed through the National AIDS Clearinghouse (

Transsexual- This is a person who wants to change his or her physiological gender, and to live permanently in the new gender role  Transsexuals can be further divided into pre-operative (pre-op), post-operative (post-op) and non-operative (non-op).

By clicking on any of the website links listed below, you will be leaving the GLYS website.  Gay & Lesbian Youth Services of WNY, Inc., is not responsible for the graphics and/or content on these links or resource pages.

This is a video from MSNBC about an FTM youth.


Resources for WNY Youth
GLYS Trans Discussion Group:  3rd Monday of each month at 4:30pm at our Drop-in Center.  Facilitated by Kay Patterson and Spectrum member Patti Jones.  (See our calendar for dates).

SPECTRUM Transgender Group: An organization for transsexuals and questioning transgender individuals, as well as their family, friends, and allies.  They provide support, information, education, outreach, and advocacy.  Meetings are held monthly.  Families, friends, and allies are welcome to attend. Phone: 888.705.8340,
Mail: Spectrum Transgender Group of WNY
P.O. Box 596
Buffalo, NY 14207

MOCHA (Men of Color Health Awareness Project)
African Queens
Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month; 6:00-8:00 pm, at MOCHA (531 Virginia Street near Main in Buffalo).  For info contact:

Kelly Craig
Health Education Specialist I
716.852.1142 x19

Transgender Day of Remembrance: “The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.  The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder in 1998 kicked off the ‘Remembering Our Dead’ web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999.  Since then, the event has grown to encompass memorials in dozens of cities across the world.”

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