This video is one step towards our vision of widespread education and awareness about Transgender issues in mental health care.
We know accessible, affordable and dignified health care for all our communities is possible when we all learn and work together.


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This is your chance to hear from Transgender and Genderqueer people about their range of experiences with therapists: helpful, insulting, insensitive, uplifting, pathologizing, plaguing, empowering, and healing.

Recent supporters of the panel DVD:

  • Pacific Center for Human Growth | Berkeley, CA
  • Rainbow Health | Ontario, Canada
  • Georg-Elias-Mueller-Institut fuer Psychologie | Goettingen, Germany
  • Edgewood Center for Children and Families | SF, CA
  • CIIS California Institute of Integral Studies | SF, CA
  • Native American AIDS Project | SF, CA
  • Alliant International University | SF, CA
  • Naropa University | Boulder, CO
  • Wright Institute | Berkeley, CA
  • Argosy University | Alameda, CA
  • Shawnee State University | Portsmouth, Ohio

Donations for Trans Clients Speak are now being gratefully accepted! Your donation will support our our all trans and genderqueer production crew an help offset the cost of editing, reproducing, and distributing the DVD. All the proceeds will go directly to making the video possible while supporting the trans and genderqueer individuals who do this education for free on a daily basis.

All profits will be donated to The Transgender, Gender Variant and Intersex Justice Project's (TGIJP) whose mission is to challenge and end the human rights abuses committed against Transgender, gender variant, Genderqueer and people with intersex conditions in California prisons and beyond and
EL-LA, a San Francisco program that reaches out to the Trans Latina Community in and around the mission neighborhood providing services for HIV prevention, counseling and referrals for all services available to Transgender girls and those in transition.

So donate today using PayPal!

If you are an individual who donates $40 or above, we will send you a complimentary DVD. Thanks for your investment in creating justice and for your continued allyship to the trans community by investing in our work.

The four panelists:

Ms. Billie Cooper is a trans-health advocate, a trans-peer educator for her sisters, and volunteers at The Transgender, Gender Variant and Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), Tenderloin Health, and the San Francisco Aids Foundation.

Clair Farley is a committed community leader and mentor working to support LGBTQQ youth as the Economic Development Coordinator for the Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative (TEEI) and the star of the documentary film Red without Blue in which she and her family share their beautiful story of transition and change against all odds.

Tonilyn A. Sideco is a heartworker who enjoys breaking people out of their idleness through social justice/community theater, filmmaking through the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project, and by engaging in conversations that build bridges. She has previously served as the coordinator of the go/get out queer youth program at the Richmond Village Beacon and has most recently coordinated Queer Youth Action Projects at LYRIC.

Dylan Vade is a transgender educator and attorney who co-founded the Transgender Law Center in San Francisco and currently teaches medical students at Stanford and Touro Universities how to provide culturally competent care to transgender patients.


Past Trans Clients Speak Video Screenings

Past Trans Clients Speak Video Screenings

California Institute of Integral Studies
Wednesday February 3rd from 6-8
1453 Mission St. at 10th
San Francisco, CA
(Civic Center Bart)
room 607

Come and watch the new video and celebrate our contribution to Transgender education and awareness in the mental health field.

Alliant International University
April 12th at 12 pm
1 Beach St, SF CA 94133
main lecture hall room #217

Sandwiches, video screening and discussion with the producer.


Transgender people and the DSM

Cross-gender identification is as old as humanity itself — it has been expressed in a variety of ways across cultures and throughout history.

Gender variant individuals have been challenging stigmatization, oppression, and invisibility for decades. A larger international transgender rights movement emerged in the late 20th century.

Transgender people and their allies continue to challenge DSM systems of classification as pathologizing, dehumanizing, and non-responsive to the needs of Transgender communities.

We are building our own cultures of education, resilience, and health care services.


Continuing our Learning: More Resources

This is not a Transgender 101 video. We will hear experiences from several individual people's lives. To help contextualize and deepen the following stories and information, we encourage you to access additional films, books and the Internet for basic information about terminology and additional genders, cultures and recommendations.

Gender Variant Resources Database Online
The San Francisco Public Library has an excellent online resource of books, articles, journals, films and websites called
TRANScending Identities: A Bibliography of Resources on Gender Variance, Transgender and Intersex Topics

Diagnosing Difference
This film by Dr. Annalise Ophelian
full‐length documentary 
their lives 
communities. See clips!


This panel and video were created by a community of people who are committed to creating affordable, accessible and dignified mental health care for all people.

Ms. Billie Cooper
Clair Farley
Dylan Vade
Tonilyn A. Sideco

Panel and Video Crew
Philipe Harrington | Producer and panel co-organizer
Elijah Nella | Panel co-organizer
Ami Puri
| Editor and Videographer
Jai Arun Ravine
| Project Manager
Amber Field
| Videographer
Alex Safron
| Videographer
Dave End
| Original music

Financial support

Ami Puri
Barbara Dean
Dan Scharlack
Deborah Stone
Evan Schloss
Kathryn Weaver
Laura Dean
Lydia Hallay
Surendra Puri
Zak Sinclair

CIIS Diversity Fund
CIIS Student Alliance

Special thanks to
Adele Carpenter, Annalise Ophelian, Antonietta Delli Carpini, Becki Tinsley, Brima Jah, Carly Lukas, Catalyst Project, Colin Wolf, Connor Dale, Dan Scharlack, Dustin Smith, Fei Hu, Jen Parr, Jim Howley, John, Madeline and Chris Nella, Julia Ellis, Kristen Crowley, Laura Dean, Lil Milagro Martinez-Cornejo, Mark Farley, Marlena Zahm, Sarah Schaafsma, Shirley Strong, Susannah End, Tim Simons, Zak Sinclair and the many other Genderqueers, Transpeople and Allies who support us.

...and all those who live their gender intentionally, proudly, loudly and unapologetically.