The International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE) is a non-profit advocacy organization founded in November 1986 by Merissa Sherill Lynn. It was established to promote understanding of transvestitism and transsexualism. The IFGE developed out of an earlier organization, the Tiffany Club, which was officially founded 1978. In 1986, the IFGE took over the international services and the Tiffany Club was reformed into a local support group serving the New England area. IFGE elected a board of directors, which took office at first IFGE convention in 1987.
The IFGE operates as a communication medium, an outreach and educational tool, and a unifying factor for the transvestite and transsexual (TV/TS) community. It provides support and channels funds and information to TV/TS groups, and it provides educational information to TV/TS people, to persons directly affected by them, to professional communities and to the general public. The IFGE publishes the TV-TS Tapestry Journal and special topic publications, holds an annual "coming together" convention, and provides a speakers bureau and library on TV/TS issues.
The IFGE is managed by a board of 21 members plus a number of alternates elected from the TV/TS Community at large. Members of the board serve as officers or coordinators on IFGE committees. Each committee in turn works with local organizations on specific projects. The administration is based in Waltham, Massachusetts.