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Welcome to the newly redesigned Laura's Playground! Our previous site has been archived here.

Laura's Playground is a support and resource site for those on the transgender spectrum and their friends, family members, and allies. We offer discussion forums covering a broad range of topics as well as a live chat room staffed by moderators trained in crisis resolution and suicide prevention. Important links can be found in the menu bar across the top of the page, and the rest of the site can be explored using the menu to the left. Please be sure to read our terms of use, privacy policy, and chat rules and site introduction, as these are in place to protect all of our members.

The newly designed site will continue to grow as we're able to bring resources over. Please use the link above to visit our legacy site for any information you don't see on the new site.



A Message From Laura

This transgender support site deals with issues related to being transsexual, crossdresser, transgenderist, androgyne, intersexed, genderqueer, genderfluid, and all other groups under the transgender umbrella. We also support families, wives, husbands, partners and friends of people on the transgender spectrum. We primarily focus on gender dysphoria and transition issues. If these subjects offend you, please feel free to click on the back button of your browser.

We are a personalized transgender online support site and the only one with suicide prevention moderators online. Visit our certified moderators in the live chat rooms. If you are transgender and in crisis we are here to help. Also, you can receive more help and answers to questions on the forums. Support groups and chat meetings are available for varying gender identities as well as those who struggle with drug or alcohol addiction.

Our mission is to prevent suicides. The transgender suicide rate has been estimated between 31% to 45%, depending on who you talk to. In 2005, we conducted our own study and asked people about suicide attempts. Over 50% of all transgender respondents reported that they had attempted suicide at least once before the age of 20, with one being as young as seven years old at the time of the attempt. Many others attempted numerous times, some more than 20, resulting in a lifetime spent in a hospital.

Transsexualism is a condition best treated by surgery and hormone replacement therapy. This is listed in the WPATH Standards of Care (SOC), which calls for transition to the new gender for both men and women. Long gone are the days when the transgender condition was viewed as a mental illness.

It might interest you to know that almost all transgender and transsexual people are born wired to experience gender dysphoria. The WPATH Standards of Care linked above took many medical professionals, psychiatrists, and therapists a number of years to complete, and it outlines the conclusion that transgender people are born that way. Hateful pastors and other lay people are not qualified to pass judgment on us, much less incite parishioners to rip us off toilet seats and assault or kill us. Pastor James Dobson has famously said that transgender people should be shot for using public restrooms. Then there's this Texas pastor who praised the gay killings that took place in Orlando, Florida.

Who could make this up? I thought loving your fellow man and woman was one of the mandates of Christianity. Some years ago, a man in Exodus - a conversion group for gays - was told he was better off to commit suicide than to live as a gay man. I think we're a little tired of the "Oh, it's just a few bad apples" excuse. The fact is that these people are legion. Their cheers for the LGBT people who died are an abomination. No child has ever been harmed in a bathroom by a transgender person. We are there to do our business and get out, same as anyone else. So why can't we pee where we won't get beaten? Sending someone presenting female to the men's room may send some to their death. Is that what these bigots want? We are human beings who are just as good as those who think of themselves as pious or devout. Even the mental health diagnostic criteria doesn’t call us non-human, but people in ten states treat us that way.

Worse, the Republican party, including their main man Donald Trump, is against transgender people. Transgender people are human and we deserve to have bathroom rights without being beaten and killed. We deserve to be seen and treated as equal. Most religions are about love, not hate. And yet one religious leader has called for our deaths. For peeing. This has a profound effect on the transgender community. Our suicide prevention chat line is ringing off the hook.

In a world that is occasionally indifferent to our struggle - a world that is often openly hostile toward us - Laura's Playground remains a safe place for those in the community and our family and friends to find support.