Gender Identity

Trans* Lafayette Support and Discussion Group

What is Trans* Lafayette?

Pride Lafayette sponsors Trans* Lafayette – a discussion and social group for all transgender and gender diverse people, those living with disorders of sexual development (DSD), those who identify as intersex, and their allies. This includes (but is not limited to) anyone identifying as Transgender, Transsexual, Genderqueer, Genderfluid, Gender Performing, Cross Dresser, Pangender, Omnigender, Bigender, Ambigender, Agender, Neutrois, as well as partners, spouses, significant others, allies, family and friends of those that fall under the trans* umbrella. The group is meant to be a safe space for self-expression and exploration of identities! Our motto is “All states of mind and body welcome.”

Who is welcome at Trans* Lafayette events?

Trans* Lafayette welcomes everyone from the LGBTQ+ community, the same gender loving (SGL) community, queer allies, straight, heterosexual, and cisgender allies, domestic and international gender diverse individuals, and anyone else who is interested in discussing and exploring sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation and affectional orientation. Trans* Lafayette is a safe and welcoming environment for anyone regardless of sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual/affectional orientation, ability level, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, legal status (including undocumented status), age, religious or spiritual beliefs, marital or relationship status or structure, familial or parental status, pregnancy, veteran status, socioeconomic status, or genetic or other biological status. At Trans* Lafayette we celebrate diversity!

When and where does Trans* Lafayette meet?

We have two meetings per month. Once a month we have discussion based meetings about topics related to gender identity and expression, social issues that affect the trans* community, and information about resources. The other meeting for the month is a social where community members can enjoy company in a safe space. Meetings/socials are typically held at the Pride Lafayette Community Center, 640 Main St., Lafayette, on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month from 4:30PM to 6:00PM. This webpage has a Trans* Lafayette Programming Overview document that will show our year’s events. However, for the most updated information, check out our Facebook: www.facebook.com/translafayette.

Does Pride Lafayette Community center have an ADA complainant entrance?

Unfortunately, no. However, the back door of Pride is much more accessible than the front door since there are no stairs. This entrance will be open the 10-15min before meetings begin and then it will remain locked during meetings. If know you will be a few minutes late to a meeting, you can email Skye ahead of time so the door will be unlocked, or ring the doorbell button to request being let in or call the center’s phone: 765.423.7579. Feel free to contact Skye at hir email or the Pride Center number if you want help getting into the Center.

What if I am worried about being outed by coming to meetings at the Pride Lafayette Community Center?

If you are concerned with being outed, we have a back entrance that is much less visible to the public. This entrance will be open the 10-15min before meetings begin and then it will remain locked during meetings. If know you will be a few minutes late to a meeting, you can email Skye ahead of time so the door will be unlocked, or ring the doorbell button to request being let in or call the center’s phone: 765.423.7579.

Does Trans* Lafayette have a Facebook page? How do I contact whoever runs Trans* Lafayette?

Check out our Facebook page for the latest news and updates: www.facebook.com/translafayette. You can also contact Skye Brown, the Program Coordinator for Trans* Lafayette, at skye@pridelafayette.org or through the general contact form on Pride Lafayette’s website here: http://www.pridelafayette.org/about-us/contact-us/.

Does Trans* Lafayette offer other resources?

To access information about resources for trans* or intersex identified individuals and those living with disorders of sexual development, check out the “Trans*, DSD, Intersex Resource Consolidation Packet” below. This includes information about trans* friendly doctors and medical facilities in Indiana, how to transition on a tight budget, resources for gender diverse families, and much more!

How can I support Trans* Lafayette? How can I get a Trans* Ally or Trans* Pride bracelet?

Feel free to donate by clicking on the “Donate” button below, or contact Skye at skye@pridelafayette.org to make a direct donation. Trans* Ally and Trans* Pride bracelets are $3/one or $5/two. If you would like to buy a Trans* Ally or Trans* Pride bracelet, come to a Trans* Lafayette meeting or contact Skye directly at skye@pridelafayette.org or through the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/translafayette.





Resource Packets

These documents are provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; inclusion in these documents does not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Pride Lafayette of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual. Pride Lafayette bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.

Trans*, DSD, and Intersex Resource Consolidation Packet
This 125+ page packet includes information about trans* affirming health care, transitioning information and support, information and support for those in DSD/intersex communities, safer sex information, supportive resources for friends, family, allies as well as those with intersecting identities such as trans* people of color, trans* people with disabilities, trans* youth and trans* elders, etc, and legal resources. Be sure to read the “how to use this packet” first!

Trans* Friendly and Aware Medical Practitioners in Indiana
This booklet lists the physical and mental health professionals who are known to be trans* friendly throughout Indiana. This includes doctors who will support transition-related care as well as those who do transition-unrelated care. Read about how to use the booklet to understand how physicians were found.

Trans* 101 for SOFFAs [Read Online] [Printable]
This booklet introduces trans* identities and experiences for significant others/partners, friends, family, and allies of trans* identified people. It answers a lot of frequently asked questions as well as gives advice to parents, children, friends, and partners of trans* identified people.

Trans* 201 for SOFFAs [Read Online] [Printable]
This booklet builds on the Trans* 101 for SOFFAs and provides more information about trans* identities and experiences for significant others/partners, friends, family, and allies of trans* identified people. It covers respectful terminology, answers some more frequently asked questions, provides a list of inappropriate questions, and gives some ideas about how to be a strong ally to trans* identified people.


Trans* Lafayette Meeting and Events Schedule

Trans* Lafayette 2014 Programming


External Resources

American Psychological Association
Answers to Your Questions About Transgender Individuals and Gender Identity

Accord Alliance
Accord Alliance promotes comprehensive and integrated approaches to care that enhance the health and well-being of people and families affected by disorders of sex development (DSD).

Indy Girlz
Indy Girlz is a peer-led social/support group for Indianapolis-area MTF transgender women and SOFFAs (significant others, friends, family, and allies ) that usually meets monthly on the fourth Saturday at 3 PM. Those attending the meeting may identify in any number of ways, including but not limited to transsexual, transgender, MTF, crossdresser, transwoman, bi-gender, and drag queen. Those attending may be of any sexual orientation.

Indy Boyz
Indy Boyz is a peer-led social/support group for female-to-male transgender people (FTMs) in Indianapolis and surrounding areas. The group has been meeting regularly since 1998. It began as small groups of two or three friends each, who came together looking for support from others. Typical attendance at a meeting ranges from 15 to 25 people with equal representation of FTMs and SOFFAs.