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Welcome to GIVS

Gender Identity Validation Services, Inc. (GIVS) is a non-profit that promotes the health and well-being of gender diverse individuals through services designed to affirm gender identity.

We founded GIVS because, as parents of transgender children, we became aware of the hurdles facing gender diverse people, and were inspired to share what we learned and help others overcome these barriers. 


 GIVS provides the following services:

  • Assessments and letters of support for hormone therapy and gender affirmation surgeries

  • Lawyer referrals for name and gender marker changes

  • Resources and referrals


Everyone's gender journey is unique. In addition to these services, we offer referrals to local resources including trans-competent therapists and medical providers in Western MA.

We are pleased to provide all services at no cost.


Our work is fully supported by financial and in-kind donations from generous individuals and foundations. 


GIVS Staff

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Ilana Bourke 
Social Media Coordinator



Miriam Krell Bourke
GIVS Legal Coordinator


Board of Directors

Four of our five founding Board members are parents of transgender children with a variety of experiences and perspectives.


We all share a passion to support transgender and gender diverse members of our local communities. We plan to add to our Board in the future.

Please meet our Board of Directors:

Board of Directors

Claudia Cumes

She / Her / Hers

Licensed Psychologist,

Board President, Parent


Andrew Bourke

He / Him / His

Licensed Psychologist, Treasurer, Parent


Ryan Kokoski

He / Him / His

Board Member



Erica Carlson

She / Her / Hers

M. Ed., Board Secretary





She / Her / Hers

Board Member, Parent

Advisory Council

The founders of GIVS recognize how important it is to consult with many different people as we build our organization. This includes transgender and gender diverse individuals from different backgrounds, attorneys with expertise in transgender rights, and medical professionals who are on the forefront of providing excellent medical care to individuals who are transgender and gender diverse.

Advisory Council

Jeremi Carswell, MD

She / Her / Hers

Director, Boston Children’s

Hospital GeMS


Hayden Berger

He / Him / His

They / Them / Theirs
Educator. Mentor. Activist.



Jennifer L. Levi, Esq.

She / Her / Hers
Director, GLAD’s

Transgender Rights Project


Miriam Krell Bourke, Esq.

She / Her / Hers

GIVS Legal Coordinator,

Attorney, Mediator and Parent

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Trix Willems

He / Him / His

Educator, Artist, Language Enthusiast

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