Gender Expansion Project

Expanding the Spectrum of Gender

Transgender 101 for trans people

Transgender 101 for trans people
Transition is complicated and confusing, and crucial information for those early in transition and those wanting to be more informed about trans healthcare is not necessarily all there or in one place. 

Open Minded Health has created a great Transgender 101 for Trans People.

Check out this great resource.

N.J. School Reverses Position, Will Let Trans Teen Attend As Girl She Is

Rachel Pepe

Thanks to the efforts of Garden State Equality and activists just like YOU, Rachel Pepe can now attend school as herself. 

Activism works. Don’t stand down to inequalities. Together, as activists, we continue to make the world a more understanding space.

There’s no such thing as a ‘sex change’

As trans identity and trans individuals are ever increasingly visible in modern media, it is important to keep in mind that those of gender diversity are being accurately depicted in media. 

This short video does a great job of breaking down how to talk about, talk with, or report on trans people and trans issues

Council defeats NDO by 6-5 count

We are saddened by the city council’s rejection of the Billings Non-Discrimination Ordinance, which was rejected in a 6-5 vote. 

We want to thank everyone who worked tirelessly toward creating equality in Billings. We will not accept defeat. We will persevere until everyone in the city of Billings and the state of Montana can be treated equally, with fairness and respect, under the law. #BillingsNDO

Social Justice Fund | Funding the future of GEP

We truly want to thank Social Justice Fund for investing in the future of the Gender Expansion Project and the important work we do across the rural northwest. 

We as an organization continue to grow throughout the rural northwest to better serve those of gender diversity through the support of organizations like Social Justice Fund.

The Gender Expansion Project’s mission is to promote gender inclusive education and awareness surrounding transgender, transsexual, intersex and gender diverse people through evidence based care, education, research, advocacy, public and private policy and respect in transgender health and wellbeing.

We, as an organization, envision the future of the project bringing together diverse professionals dedicated to developing best practices and supportive policies and programs throughout Eastern Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas which promote health, research, education, respect, dignity and equality for transgender, transsexual, intersex and gender diverse people of the rural northwest and beyond.

MORE PROGRESS: Illinois Bans Insurance Discrimination Based on Gender Identity!

Congratulations to Illinois for banning insurance discrimination based on gender identity. 

On July 29th, Illinois became the latest state to prohibit health insurers from discriminating against transgender people in health plans. Currently, eight other states and the District of Columbia prohibit discrimination.

Having inclusive health insurance is more than just getting your hormones and potentially surgery covered, its about having access to necessary services, like mammograms and pelvic exams, available to everyone, regardless of gender or legal sex. 

Support Equality, Support Equal Access, Support Equal Healthcare

This HIV-Killing Condom May Save Your Life

VivaGel, which is 99.9% effective at preventing transmission of HIV and many STIs, including HSV and HPV, is the future of prevention. In addition, in clinical trials, VivaGel has been seen as a long lasting treatment for BV.

Regardless of your gender, your state of body, or how you experience sex, there are potential risks for HIV and STI infections. 

We encourage everyone, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation, to practice safer sex and to get tested regularly. 

Have you been tested recently? Stop by our office in Missoula, MT for a free anonymous rapid HIV test and know your status in 20 minutes.

Blue Mountain Clinic, as of current, is the only clinic in the state of Montana providing medical services for trans* youth

Blue Mountain Clinic Family Practice is currently the only clinic in the state of Montana to provide puberty suppression and hormone replacement therapy, as well as inclusive mental health services for trans* and gender non-conforming youth

We truly appreciate the important services that BMC provides to individuals throughout Missoula and gender diverse individuals throughout the state. 

Want to learn more about puberty suppression, hormone replacement therapy or other resources available throughout the rural northwest? Email us at

Model Andreja Pejic comes out publicly as a transgender woman, shares her experience with media and Facebook fans

"To all trans youth out there, I would like to say respect yourself and be proud of who you are. All human beings deserve equal treatment no matter their gender identity or sexuality. To be perceived as what you say you are is a basic human right.” ~ Andreja Pejic 

Andreja Pejic, who has been modeling in both male and female fashion since 2007, recently disclosed her transgender identity and shared her story with Glaad, in hopes that her story can change the lives of others. 

"As a transgender woman I hope to show that after transition (a life-saving process) one can be happy and successful in their new chapter."

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