This is a link I’d like to share to the International Foundation for Gender Education. The IFGE is a non-profit advocay organizition. It was founded in 1987, and its purpose is to overcome transgender and transsexual intolerance through outreach and education against restrictive gender norms. Merissa Sherrill Lynn, founder of the International Foundation for Gender Education, has written, ” The crossdressing and transsexual phenomena have been an integral part of human experience as long as there has been a human experience. These phenomena have manifested themselves in every society and in every walk of life throughout history, and continue to affect the lives of vast numbers of people. Yet, as common as they are, ignorance of them, and the resulting intolerance and fear, continues to cost good people their happiness, their jobs, their families, and their lives. It costs society its neighbors, its friends, and its productive citizens.”
The International Foundation for Gender Education is linked with Transgender Tapestry, a magazine, by, for, and about “all things trans, including crossdressing, transsexualism, intersexuality, FTM, MTF, butch, femme, drag kings and drag queens, androgyny, female and male impersonation, and more.”
The website is a host of resources, and one can find a resource directory that is organized into categories such as Academic Research, Events, Lobbying/Political Action, Educational Scholarships, Information/Education, and Support by State. There is also a book store where one can buy books about employment, politics, medicine, sociology, religion, and psychology pertaining to gender. The book currently being advertised on the front page of the foudnation’s website is Transgender Workplace Diversity: Policy Tools, Training Issues and Communication Strategies for HR and Legal Professionals, written by Jillian T. Weiss PhD. Dr. Weiss, founder of the Transgender Law and Policy Institute, Editorial Board Member of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, and a former Executive Director for the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, appears on the front page to advertise her book about transgender policy development in human resources.
The website also has announcements, columns, editorials, interviews, letters, and much more. Much of the information dates back to 2008 or later, and there have not been many new updates, but the site is still a valuable resource for anyone looking to learn more about gender education.