Transgender Health

We Provide Medical Care, Mental Health Care and Supportive Services that are Sensitive to the Needs of People on the Trans Spectrum

The Trans Health Program at Fenway helps to ensure access to high-quality, informed care for trans women, trans men, genderqueer, gender nonconforming, non-binary individuals, affirmed men and women, people with trans histories, and anyone with health needs unique to their diverse gender expressions and identities.

Fenway is committed to providing affirming care of the highest quality, regardless of gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, religion, or socio-economic status.

Goals of the Trans Health Program:

  • Provide gender-affirming, comprehensive health care for all trans and gender nonconforming patients
  • Transform the way trans people receive care and lead the way in eliminating barriers to achieving maximum health and wellbeing
  • Collaborate with other clinics and organizations serving trans and gender nonconforming communities
  • Provide high quality trainings and education to mental health and medical professionals
  • Conduct local, national, and global research on trans issues and concerns through The Fenway Institute

Trans Health Program Patient Advocate:

Fenway’s Trans Health Program Patient Advocate is available for walk-in 20-minute appointments on Wednesdays from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on the 2nd Floor of the Ansin Building, 1340 Boylston Street. The Patient Advocate is able to help people find health information, learn about resources, and figure out next steps for getting into care. If this time is not convenient, please call 857.313.6589 to talk on the phone or set up a brief appointment for help with information and care questions.

A Holistic Approach to Individual Health:

Services available include:

  • Behavioral Health

    • Individual & Couples Therapy
    • Family & Parenting Services
    • Support Groups
      • Considering Parenting
      • Senior Support (“60+ Support”)
      • Support for Non-Trans* Partners of Trans* Persons
    • Psychopharmacology
    • Psychoeducation
    • Letters to Support Hormone Therapy
    • Letters to Support Surgery
  • Medical Care

    • Primary Care
    • Reproductive Rights Counseling
    • Alternative Insemination Program
    • Hormone Administration & Monitoring (for more information, please see the Trans Care Fact Sheet, Informed Consent forms, and Protocol available below)
    • Post-Surgical Follow-up Care
    • HIV & STD Testing & Counseling
    • Specialized HIV Medical Care
    • Breast Cancer Screenings
      • Cancer Risks & Transgender People
    • Cervical Cancer screenings
      • Cancer Prevention & People on the FTM Spectrum
    • Pharmacy services
  • Violence Recovery Program

    • Counseling & Support for Victims of Violence & Harassment
    • Specialized Care for Trauma Recovery in a Safe, Respectful Environment
    • Legal Advocacy for Survivors of Domestic Violence, Hate Crimes, Sexual Assault & Police Misconduct
    • Documentation of Hate Crimes
  • Substance Abuse Services

    • Acupuncture
    • Substance Abuse Counseling
    • Group Counseling
  • Peer Listening Line & LGBT Helpline

    • Anonymous, toll-free information, referrals and support
  • Complementary Therapies

    • Massage, Chiropractic and Acupuncture

Outside Gender Therapy Options:

Download a list of behavioral health referrals OUTSIDE of Fenway Health here.

Transgender Health Bibliography & Resources

Brown, M. L., and Rounsley, C. A. (1996). True selves: Understanding transsexualism for families, friends, coworkers, and helping professonals. San Francisco: Josey-Bass, a Wiley Company.

Ettner, R. (1999). Gender loving care: A guide to counseling gender-variant clients. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.

Frequently asked questions: Frequency. (no date). ISNA Intersex Society of North America. Website: http://www.isna.org/.

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association and LGBT health experts. (2001). Healthy people 210 companion document for Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health. San Francisco, CA: Gay and Lesbian Medical Association.

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association and LGBT health experts. (2006). Guidelines for care of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender patients. New York: Pfizer US Pharmaceuticals.

International Journal of Transgenderism. The Haworth Press. Subscriptions: http://haworthpress.com/web/IJT.

Israel, G. E., and Tarver, II, D. E. (1997). Transgender care: Recommended guidelines, practical information and personal accounts. Forward by J. D. Shaffer. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Leli, U. and Drescher, J. (Eds.). (2004). Transgender subjectivities: A clinician’s guide. New York: The Haworth Press, Inc.

Lev, A. I. (2004). Transgender emergence: Therapeutic guidelines for working with gender-variant people and their families. New York: The Haworth Clinical Practice Press, an imprint of The Haworth Press, Inc.

Ramsey, G. (1996). Transsexuals: Candid answers to private questions. Freedom, CA: The Crossing Press.

Transgender Care. Website: http://www.transgendercare.com/.

Bornstein, K. (1998). My gender worksbook. New York and London: Routledge.

Bullough, B., Bullough, V. L., and Elias, J. (Eds.). (1997). Gender blending. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books.

Califia, P. (2003). Sex changes: The politics of transgenderism, 2nd Ed. San Francisco: Cleis Press.

Cromwell, J. (1999). Transmen and FTMs: Identities, bodies and sexualities. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press.

Diamond, M. (Ed.). (2004). From the inside out: Radical gender transformation, FTM and beyond. San Francisco: Manic D Press.

Ekins, R. and King, D. (Eds.). (1996). Blending genders: Social aspects of cross-dressing and sex-changing. Foreword by K. Plummer. New York: Routledge.

Fausto-Sterling, A. (2000). Sexing the body: Gender politics and the construction of sexuality. New York: Basic Books.

Feinberg, L. (1996). Trans gender warriors: Making history from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman. Boston: Beacon Press.

_________. (1998). Trans liberation: Beyond pink or blue. Boston: Beacon Press.

Gender Education and Advocacy, Inc. (2001). Gender variance: A primer. Website: http://gender.org/.

Nestle, J., Howell, C., and Wilchins, R. (Eds.). (2002). Genderqueer: Voices from beyond the sexual binary. Los angeles/New York: Alyson Books.

Queen, C., and Schimel, L. (Eds.). (1997). Pomosesxuals: Challenging assumptions about gender and sexuality. Preface by K. Bornstein. San Francisco: Cleis Press.

Rothblatt, M. (1995). The apartheid of sex: A manifesto on the freedom of gender. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc.

Roughgarden, J. (2004). Evolution’s rainbow: Diversity, gender, and sexuality in nature and people. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.

Sullivan, M. (Ed.). (2003). Sexual minorities: Discrimination, challenges, and development in America. New York: The Haworth Press, Inc.

Transgender Tapestry: The Journal of the International Foundation for Gender Education. Waltham, MA: I.G.F.E. Subscriptions:subscriptions@ifge.org.

Wilchins, R. (2004.) Queer theory, gender theory: An instant primer.Los Angeles: Alyson Books.

Allen, M. P. (2003). The gender frontier. Germany/Deutschland: Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg.

Boenke, M. (Ed.). (2003). Trans forming families: Real stories about transgendered loved ones, 2nd Ed. Forward by A. I. Lev. Introduction by J. Xavier. Hardy, VA: Oak Knoll Press.

Boylan, J. F. (2003). She’s not there: A life in two genders. Afterward by R. Russo. New York: Broadway Books.

Camilleri, A., Coyote, I. E., Eakle, Z., and Montgomery, L. (1998.)Boys like her: Transfictions by Taste This. Forward by K. Bornstein.Vancouver: Press Gang Publishers.

Cameron, L. (1996). Body alchemy: Transsexual portraits. San Francisco: Cleis Press.

Colapinto, J. (2001). As nature made him: The boy who was raised as a girl. New York: Perennial; Harper Collins Publishers.

Feinberg, L. (1993). Stone butch blues: A novel. Ithaca, NY: Firebrand Books.

Green. J. (2004). Becoming a visible man. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press.

Hubschman, L. (1999). Transsexuals: Life from both sides. Diane Publishing.

Human Rights Campaign Foundation. (no date).  Transgender Americans: A handbook for understanding. Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

Human Rights Campaign Foundation. (2004).  Transgender issues in the workplace: A tool for managers. Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

Kailey, M. (2005). Just add hormones: An insider’s guide to the transsexual experience. Boston: Beacon Press.

Kotula, D. (2002). The phallus palace: Female to male transsexuals.W. E. Parker (Ed.). Los Angeles: Alyson Publications.

Middlebrook, D. W. (1998). Suits me: The double life of Billy Tipton.Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company.

Rubin, H. (2003). Self-made men: Identity and embodiment among transsexual men. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press.

Scholinski, D. with Adams, J. M. (1997).  The last time I wore a dress: A memoir. New York: Riverhead Books.

Stevens, A. S. (1990). From masculine to feminine and all points in between: A practical guide for transvestites, cross-dressers, transgenderists, transsexuals, and others who choose to develop a more feminine image… and for the curious and concerned. Cambridge, MA: Different Path Press.

Transgender At Work. (2005). Website:http://www.tgender.net/taw/.

Jewett, P. K. (1975).  Man as male and female: A study in sexual relationships from a theological point of view. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

Johnson, J. A. (Ed.). (2000). By the grace of God: Lee Frances Heller and Friends: Writings for families, friends and clergy. Wheaton, IL: SSP Publications.

Mollenkott, V. R. (2001). Omnigender: A trans-religious approach.Cleveland, OH: The Pilgrim Press.

Sheridan, V. (2001). Crossing over: Liberating the transgendered Christian. Forward by J. B. Nelson. Cleveland, OH: The Pilgrim Press.

Tanis, J. (2003). Trans-gendered: Theology, ministry, and communities of faith. Cleveland, OH: The Pilgrim Press.

Trans Health Program Patient Advocate

857.313.6589

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Meet The Transgender Health Team

Aditya Chandrasekhar, MD
Brian Bakofen, DO
David Mello, DO
Eleanor Doig, NP
Jennifer Reske-Nielsen, MD
Lauren Scott, MD
Renee Randazzo, MS
Renee Randazzo, MS
Ruben Hopwood, M.Div.
Timothy Cavanaugh, MD
Tracey Toner, NP

Feedback about the Trans Health Program

Please tell us about your experiences at Fenway that exceed or fall short of your expectations. Your feedback can remain anonymous if you desire, though it is definitely helpful to have as much information about the situation as possible so that we may provide the highest level of response needed to correct or applaud the event.

Please open our feedback form and provide all the information you have about the date and time of the service and the staff or providers involved. Your feedback is taken seriously and we appreciate your help in improving the patient experience here.

Trans Suicide Prevention

For information about trans suicide and helping a person who is feeling suicidal, please download one of the following brochures:

  • To assist a friend or someone you know in the community: Community Brochure
  • For professionals who serve trans communities and want information on helping suicidal clients or patients: Providers’ Brochure

Fenway Hormonal Treatment Documents

Download the Fenway Health Protocol for Hormone Therapy.

Download an Informed Consent form for review

Informed Consent – Reproductive Rights

Informed Consent – Estrogen Therapy

Informed Consent – Testosterone Therapy

FAQ’s for Trans Care and Resources at Fenway

For answers to the most commonly asked questions about how to get into care with the Fenway Trans Health Program, please download our Transgender Care Fact Sheet.

If you have questions after reading this document, contact us by email at transteamcoordinator@fenwayhealth.org.

Additional Transgender Resources

Links in this section are for information only and represent the opinions and thoughts of the authors/web sites and are not endorsed by, or reflect the beliefs of, Fenway Health, or its affiliates. Neither this web site, nor any linked web sites are a substitute for professional medical or behavioral health advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on the Fenway Health web site or any linked web site.