National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network: With a mission to transform mental health for queer and trans people of color, NQTTCN provides a network of healing resources and information.
The National Center for Transgender Equality: A social justice and advocacy organization providing information on legal rights, key issues, and a resource center for name and gender change on ID documents.
Gender Spectrum: Provides an online community to help foster a gender-inclusive world for today’s youth. Gender Spectrum’s resources focus largely on understanding gender and evolving views in an educational setting.
Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network: You might be having flashbacks to your high school “Gay-Straight Alliance” club - but the new face of GSA goes far beyond school clubs, with an updated strategy on bringing together LGBTQ youth to advocate for more protective policies across identity lines.
New York Times: Transgender Lives: An evolving collection of personal stories on transgender experiences. This is part of a larger series of editorials by the NYT, Transgender Today.
How to Be a Girl Podcast: An audio podcast by a mom attempting to navigate life with her 8 year old transgender daughter. This series is humorous and sweet, often forcing us to reflect on how we think about gender.
Native Youth Sexual Health Network: A rights and justice based organization by and for indigenous women, focusing on the specific sexual health needs of their community. Their areas of work include culturally safe and sensitive sex education, and reclaiming rights of passage to name just a few.
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists: An interdisciplinary organization bringing together educators, health professionals, students and other allies, to promote a greater understanding of human sexuality and healthy behavior.
Empowered Fe Fes: “Take Charge!” A Reproductive Health Guide for Women with Disabilities: Access Living, a Chicago-based disability advocacy group, created a guide on the often overlooked and unvoiced sexual health of people with disabilities. The book is easily accessible for readers and offers a holistic approach to reproductive and sexual health.
Scarleteen: Provides inclusive and comprehensive information on sexuality and health for teens and young adults. They also provide direct one-on-one services via text, online chat and message board for anyone needing additional more-specific information.
Afrosexology: Promoting sex-positive education for women of color. Afrosexology hosts workshops and supports curriculum development on sexuality and sexual health.
Touchpoint: A town hall and podcast about sex and partnership—as a space for people of all gender identities, cultures, and sexual persuasions to share their ideas and experiences in bed, in love, and in life.
FertilityIQ: Community driven database to research and evaluate any fertility doctor or clinic in the US. With no advertising or clinic influence, evaluations are “not shady” and are based on how likely you are to recommend a clinic or doctor to a friend.
Taking Charge of Your Fertility: THE book on Fertility Awareness Method and body literacy.
Natural Fertility Info: Nutrition and other natural approaches to prepare the body for pregnancy, increase fertility and support medical fertility procedures.
Association of Fertility Awareness Professionals: A membership organization that supports the profession of Fertility Awareness instruction, so that more people will have access to accurate information and high quality instruction that is independent of any particular religious context or agenda and supports all reproductive choices.
Evidence Based Birth: As the title suggests, this is evidence-based information for both expectant-parents and birth professionals looking to expand their knowledge of current care practices.
Kellymom: Information on parenting and breastfeeding by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). This is THE resource for all your breastfeeding, pumping, bottle-feeding and transitioning back to the workplace needs. It’s also translated into 5 different languages!
The Cut: How I Got This Baby: New York Magazine’s The Cut features a series of personal stories on the many roads to parenthood. It offers a wider view on what becoming a parent can look like in this modern age.
The Business of Being Born Documentary: Inspired by their own birth experiences, Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein start a critical dialogue to address where and how we diverged from traditional birth practices.
I Had a Miscarriage Campaign: Dr. Jessica Zucker is one of millions of women who will experience a miscarriage in their lifetime. Her goal through the #IHadAMiscarriage campaign, is to normalize conversations around early pregnancy loss, and provide resources like prints and greeting cards for those who are grieving.
Ina May Gaskin: No list on birth would be complete without Ina May Gaskin, often referred to as the “mother of authentic midwifery”. Her website features some of her scholarly articles, TED Talks and her award-winning documentary, “Birth Story”. The movie highlights birth at Ina May’s renowned farm collective in rural Tennessee, and explores her philosophy on low-intervention, natural birth practices.
POLICY + HEALTH
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective: A non-profit organization dedicated to the mental/emotional health and collective healing of the black community. They provide education, training and advocacy through their dynamic programming.
Planned Parenthood: Over 100 years old and founded on the belief that women should have access to quality health information and care. PPFA provides equitable reproductive health services, education, and advocacy for the protection and expansion of reproductive rights.
Our Bodies Ourselves: Stirring controversy and inspiring conversation since its inception, the book was first published in 1971 and has sold millions of copies and received numerous awards. OBOS has since expanded their efforts as a non-profit advocacy organization, committed to sharing evidence-based information on women’s health and sexuality.
The Ms. Foundation for Women: Raising awareness on the challenges facing women, especially WOC, and low-income women. They advocate for change to address these challenges at the grassroots level.
The Ladies Parts Justice League: A feminist army fighting in the battle for reproductive rights. The LPJL uses comedy and pop culture as their weapon to expose adversaries of abortion rights.
#VOTEPROCHOICE: A movement of committed prochoice voters electing representatives who reflect prochoice leadership, practical action and partnership.
Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project: Founded by the National Council for Jewish Women, WRRAP partners with reproductive health clinics across the U.S. to connect women with access to safe abortion and emergency contraceptives.
Your Health Your Rights: The ACLU created this guide as a resource to empower teens living in California; the guide encourages teens to familiarize themselves with their own reproductive rights, and helps them to navigate their healthcare options.
BLEEDING + CYCLES
Society for Menstrual Cycle Research: Nonprofit, interdisciplinary and global research organization dedicated to understanding the role of menstrual and ovulatory health across the lifespan.
Plan C: A campaign to increase information on safe, early, DIY, at-home abortions.
Planned Parenthood: Nationwide reproductive healthcare centers with extensive online resources dedicated to contraception and abortion.
DIY Doula Zine: A valuable, accessible resource for self-care before, during and after an abortion.
Informed Choice for Amerika: Nonprofit organization dedicated to research and communications that help people make informed contraceptive choices. Seems to lean more towards non-hormonal options.
Bedsider.org: Online birth control support community, with side-by-side comparison chart of more than 15 types of contraception based on effectiveness, accessibility and side-effects. Seems to lean more towards hormonal options.
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective: Interdisciplinary advocates and activists committed to removing the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing.
The Native American Women's Health Education Resource Center: In addition to advocating for Native women’s reproductive rights, NAWHERC focuses on community education and created an illustrated handbook to provide support following sexual assault. The guide answers questions on everything from emergency contraception to available support networks.
RAINN.org: The largest anti-sexual violence organization. Created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline.
Me too.: A community of survivors from all walks of life bringing vital conversations about sexual violence into the mainstream.
End Rape on Campus: Works to end campus sexual violence through direct support for survivors and their communities; prevention through education; and policy reform at the campus, local, state, and federal levels.
Compiled by: Morgan de Santo and Amanda Laird