I am Trans.

I am alive and breathing.

I am not afraid or ashamed.

I am not vulgar, disgusting, gross, perverse, nor a pedophile.

I think,  feel, love, and toil,  just like you.

I am not confused, or insane.

When I came out as me, all of my guilt, shame, and fear vanished.

I am Ashley, and have always been.

I have not changed, you just know more about me now.

I am making my body and my life fit me as it never has before.

My feet are sure and strong, as I know that the road I trudge is the right one. I will not retreat, nor will I change course.

Whether I stand with a fist, or cry over foolish whims of fleeting, heart-felt moments; I am real.

I am sensitive and compassionate, in my mind, heart, and soul.

My life is a journey, it is my journey. We either walk forward, or we move back; The only time we stand still, we are dead.  Please don’t hate on me; I am good and decent people.

I am alive and breathing, as are you.

Please walk with me, or stand aside.

I will be your friend, if you will be mine.

My road is not easy, but it is worthy; As am I.

Celebrate as I emerge from my cocoon, and take flight.

I am Ashley, and I am free.

Please take my hand, and walk a peace with me.


Perceptions, Trans, Family, Friends, and Allies


Our transgender group is for all transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming people, our partners and allies residing in and around the Great Lakes Bay Region. We strive to make a safe place for transgender people and their allies to meet and socialize together.

This is a vibrant community group that enjoys getting together to learn, grow, and have fun together.

Our purpose is to create a safe and welcoming environment for transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming people, our partners, and allies to facilitate social interaction, open discussion, educational dialogue, and other opportunities.

We have 3 groups:

Transgender Adults, Transgender Teens, and Allies

Our groups will be run by  Master Students from the Saginaw Valley State University Social Work program.  We start our meetings at 6 pm and each group will meet for the first hour from 6 – 7. From 7 – 8 pm, all groups will come together for snacks and socializing.

Social Gatherings

We are also expanding out social gatherings. Keep checking back for more information and events. Our Transgender Picnic is August 26, 2018 at the Bay City State Park, Pavilion 3. We had a great time last year with over 60 people attending. Watch for more information about the picnic on our Facebook page. Plan to attend and enjoy some food, games, and friendship!

Please spread the word to those you think might benefit from connecting with the group. We hope to see you there!

Come join us!

Where: Trinity Episcopal Church
815 N Grant St
Bay City, MI 48708

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When: First Thursday of Each Month
Time: 7:00 pm


There is a parking lot on the 5th street side of the building where you can park and enter through the glass sliding doors.
We meet in the basement.


This is a closed group. Please click the join button and we will open the door and welcome you in. We will protect our group and anyone posting hateful things will be removed. Our goal is to keep everyone safe.


For more information about our meetings email our Transgender Group page.

For information on Female to Male transition resources see the Female to Male page on the Transgender Michigan website.

For information on Male to Female transition resources see the Male to Female page on the Transgender Michigan website.


Name Change Information

Do you want to change your name, but don’t know where to get started? Click on this image to find more information on how to change your name in the state of Michigan.





Parents and Ally Resources

Their Trans@MIT Allies Toolkit provides educational tools for anyone who would like to better understand trans* people and gender differences.




Crisis Resources


Crisis Text Line is the free, nationwide, 24/7 text line for people in crisis. Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis.



The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.




Teen Line is a confidential hotline for teenagers which operates every evening from 6:00pm to 10:00pm PST. If you have a problem or just want to talk with another teen who understands, then this is the right place for you! You can call us at 800-TLC-TEEN (852-8336), text us by texting “TEEN” to 839863 or email us here. Teen Line also offers message boards, resources and information.


Bay Arenac Behavioral Health Crisis Line – 1-800-327-4693

Midland and Gladwin County CMH Crisis Line – 989-631-2320 CMH 24-Hour

Crisis Line Number: 989-772-5938

Gladwin County



Saginaw County CMH Crisis Line

(989) 792-9732 or (800) 233-0022

Family Resources


PFLAG Meetings
Our Saviour Lutheran Church
2525 Hemmeter Rd at Weisss
Saginaw, MI 48708
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When: Third Sunday of Each Month
Time: 2:00 pm