As the name implies, someone who is transgender is someone who transgresses gender boundaries. Transgender behavior encompasses everything from a boy wearing fingernail polish to someone having surgery to change their sex. Transsexuals are people whose gender identity is opposite of their anatomical sex. Many (but not all) transsexual people take hormones and/or undergo sex reassignment surgery. Female to male (FTM) people were born physically female but see themselves as partially to fully masculine. Male to female (MTF) people were born physically male, but see themselves as partially to fully feminine.
There are a number of folks who frequent the LGBT Resource Center who are not cisgender. Identities and labels are fluid, and some have identified as gender queer, transgender, MTF trans (non op, pre-op and post-op), FTM trans (non op, pre-op and post-op). A number of staff across campus identify as post-operative transsexual. They are living full time as their appropriate gender, and they are still connected with our community.
The staff and communities of folks who frequent the LGBT Resource Center provide a warm, welcoming family for everyone, including and especially our transgender family.
The transgender community at UC San Diego is small, and fluctuates from year to year, as people start and leave UCSD, through transferring, graduating, finding new jobs, etc. The transgender community at UC San Diego has been integrated into the significantly larger lesbian, gay and bisexual community at UCSD and specifically at the LGBT Resource Center. The center provides a home for everyone in our community, regardless of (and especially because of) their gender identity and/or sexual orientation.
Yes. On December 18, 2003, the University of California nondiscrimination policies were revised to clarify that discrimination on the basis of gender identity is prohibited. The affected policies and statements:
The changes incorporate the addition of "gender identity" as a protected status under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, which became effective January 1, 2004.
Trans is a safe supportive environment to discuss gender, the gender/sex matrix, sexuality, female/male dichotomy, transgender identities, and anything else that comes to mind. All identities are welcome.
Trans has met in different forms and styles since 2001 at UCSD (Queering Gender, Transgender Intersex Alliance, etc.). The group is currently not meeting regularly, but if there is interest expressed by a core group of people, the group often reforms itself for periods of time. If you are interested in the group, check out or organizations page, or contact Maribel Gomez, Assistant Director of Education, at email@example.com
All of our student organizations are open and inclusive of the transgender community. For a listing of those organizations and contact information, go to our organizations page. Our Women’s Group and Men’s Group are open to trans women and trans men, respectively. Of course, cis women who are gender queer/non gender conforming are welcome in Women’s Group, and cis men are who are gender queer/non gender conforming are welcome in Men’s Group.
In addition to the groups and organizations, the UCSD LGBT Speakers Bureau is a powerful way to educate the broader UCSD community regarding gender identity and sexual orientation. If you are interested in joining the UCSD LGBT Speaker’s Bureau, go to the Join the Speakers Bureau page.
Another way to get involved in raising awareness about the fact that trans- and gender variant- folk are at a higher risk of being murdered than other populations is to participate in Transgender Day of Remembrance. If you would like information on the lives of folks whose lives have been taken too soon, here are some documents you may find helpful that are supported by cited sources such as newspapers and activist websites.
The LGBT Resource Center has excellent relationships with the staff of Psychological and Counseling Services. Training with the staff has been regular and recurring. Specific counselors on staff have lived experiences with the LGBT community that provides them with specific insight into our community. Certain individuals are excellent resources for our transgender student community, and contacting the LGBT Resource Center for connections will ensure the best quality service possible.
Counseling may be helpful for a range of issues affecting transgender students, such as adjustment to UCSD; identity expression and transformation; coping with stress, depression, or anxiety; relationship issues; and family concerns.
However, the services provided of Psychological and Counseling Services would not meet the requirements set about by the DSM IV to diagnose and treat Gender Identity Dysphoria, and therefore, students interested in hormone treatments and surgical transitions would need to seek counseling (not medical) services off campus. The staff of Psychological and Counseling Services can make excellent referrals to local physicians and counselors who are sensitive to transgender people.
New gender inclusive signs on all single stall restrooms!
UC SAN DIEGO CAMPUS NOTICE
University of California, San Diego OFFICE OF THE VICE CHANCELLOR –
EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
OFFICE OF THE VICE CHANCELLOR – RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING
April 14, 2016
SUBJECT: New Gender Inclusive Bathroom Signage
Over the next 2-3 weeks, Facilities Management will be changing signs on all single-occupancy restrooms across campus, in accordance with the UC Office of the President’s Guidelines on Gender Inclusive Facilities.
These guidelines seek to create a safe, accessible, respectful and inclusive campus environment for transgender and gender variant people and provide direction on the implementation of gender inclusive facilities in UC-owned buildings. These guidelines affirm that individuals have the right to use facilities that correspond with their gender identity. Many people may experience difficulty, inconvenience, or harassment when using gender specific restrooms and facilities. Additionally, parents with children of a different gender, as well as caregivers to persons of a different gender, face difficulties in accompanying them. This change seeks to address these issues.
The new signs can be viewed at http://blink.ucsd.edu/facilities/services/general/personal/restrooms.html and updated ADA signs will be included where applicable.
For questions about this new protocol, refer to the UCOP Guidelines document. If you have any additional questions, please contact Anna Levitt at (858) 534-8336 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Becky Petitt, Vice Chancellor – Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Gary C. Matthews, Vice Chancellor - Resource Management and Planning
In the Fall of 2003 the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Issues partnered with the staff of Building Services to provide a list of all the single-stall, lockable restrooms on campus. Several accessible, single-occupancy restrooms are located throughout the UCSD campus. Specific locations of these men's, women's, unisex, and wheelchair-accessible restrooms are listed. The list is extensive, and is organized by College and major University area. The list can be reviewed at http://blink.ucsd.edu/go/restrooms
These facilities also help families with children--such as mothers bringing sons, or fathers bringing daughters, to a restroom--and people with disabilities who need the assistance of an attendant of a different gender.
UC San Diego continues to evolve in its opportunities for students who live on campus regarding the LGBT community. Gender Inclusive Housing, the LGBT Interest Housing program, and UC San Diego’s commitment to house transgender students via discussions based on individual and specific needs all have developed out of the expressed needs of students. If there are other opportunities you would like to see, or improvement to the current programs, please contact both the LGBT Resource Center and the Residence Life Office of your college. Our shared goal is to provide many opportunities to meet the needs of all UC San Diego student living on campus.
The LGBT Resource Center has been actively engaged with the staff at all athletic facilities to determine the best ways to meet the needs of transgender students given the gendered locker rooms at all of the on-campus facilities. There has been little forward motion on this since 2006.
Currently, no specific training has been done with the front-line staff at any of the athletic facilities regarding transgender issues. None of the athletic facility locker rooms are designated as gender neutral. Transgender students have been confronted by patrons in the gender restrooms in the past.
The Registrar is currently aware of the desire and necessity of many in our community to utilize preferred names (and preferred genders) as a step towards improving safety and campus climate for our transgender community. However, the current data systems do not provide opportunities for using preferred names (or preferred genders). As UC San Diego upgrades and improves the systems, the Registrar's Office has plans to keep this issue at the forefront of changes, so new systems do not replicate the existing problems.
In the interim, transgender students may appeal directly to the Registrar regarding changing names. Because of the complexity involved, this requires a meeting with the Registrar or their designee ((858) 534-3150, email@example.com), as well as a supporting letter from the LGBT Resource Center.
After completing a legal name change, names can be changed on campus records by providing one of the following documents:
Names can be changed on campus records by completing the Name Changes & Corrections form available from the Academic Records Staff in the Registrar's Office, http://students.ucsd.edu/academics/_organizations/registrar/name-change.html. The Registrar is located on the second floor of the Student Service Complex.
Having a name and gender change through the Registrar effectively changes the student's information when that information is accessed in the future (such as for course registration, the directory listing, and transcripts). No one outside of the Registrar's Office would know that any information in your record has been changed.
There is no easy official way to change your gender on your campus records. However, changing your gender through the Social Security Administration and the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will make the process as simple as changing your name. See “How can I change my name on campus records” above.
Yes. There are specific physicians and nurse practitioners that have worked with our transgender community at UC San Diego. For specific referrals to UC San Diego health care provides available to UC San Diego graduate and undergraduate students, contact Dr. Shaun Travers, the Director of the UC San Diego LGBT Resource center, or one of the physicians at the Student Health Service, Dr. Regina Fleming.
Student Health Service, as an organization, understand that there are transgender people at UC San Diego, and has trained their entire staff regularly since 2007 regarding these issues. Your experience is important, and hopefully you will be treated with respect and informed care as you interact with Student Health Service. You should expect this from them, and if you do not receive this degree of service, please contact the Director of Student Health, Dr. Stacie San Miguel, directly so the issue can be addressed.
For students who identify as part of the transgender community, and have begun, or are beginning, their transition, there are a number of processes that can be followed. Major points of contact include UC San Diego’s LGBT Resource Center, Student Health Services, and Psychological & Counseling Services. All of these agencies should have an understanding of the health insurance policies that come into play, the competency to address the needs of transgender students, and the ability to communicate to each other regarding the services you may be seeking. These processes are set forth as a way of understanding the way you may access the health services you need.
Students who are transitioning/transitioned and are beginning to live/living full time in their appropriate gender expression may begin by accessing the LGBT Resource Center to connect with other community members, as well as gather information about the competency levels of other units within the institution regarding transgender issues.
Counseling and Psychological Servies: Students who are struggling with their gender identity, or issues related to gender identity, may access Counseling and Psychological Services as a first point of contact. Students who have significant issues that can only be addressed with care beyond the length currently available through Psychological & Counseling Services may be referred to on off campus provider that is knowledgeable about transgender
The current insurance program is being updated. There are specific physicians and nurse practitioners that have worked with our transgender community at UC San Diego. For specific referrals to UC San Diego health care provides available to UC San Diego graduate and undergraduate students, contact Dr. Shaun Travers, the Director of the UC San Diego LGBT Resource center, or the Director of Student Health Service, Dr. Regina Fleming.
Can I receive counseling related to gender concerns at UCSD Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)?
What about longer term counseling?
CAPS only provides short term counseling. If longer term counseling is a part of your care plan your CAPS psychologist will help you find a transgender knowledgeable counselor in the off campus professional community.
Does SHIP insurance cover counseling for transgender students?
Can my CAPS psychologist talk with my UCSD medical provider so I can get transgender medical care?
If you are undergoing or planning any feminizing/masculinizing medical interventions your CAPS psychologist can communicate with your medical provider to help provide you with the best care.
Is counseling required for me to received transgender medical services at UCSD Student Health Services?
Generally, a psychological evaluation is required for any person requesting feminizing/masculinizing medical interventions, such as hormonal treatment or surgery. A psychological evaluation generally consists of 1-4 sessions with a psychologist or other mental health provider who is knowledgeable in the area of transgender care. After your evaluation, your psychologist will talk with you and your UCSD physician to develop a plan for your care.
Ongoing counseling is highly recommended if you decide to begin a gender transition. Because finding a comfortable gender role is a psychological and social process, counseling can be a valuable tool.
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The University of California Police Department at San Diego is in the process of coordinating training with the LGBT Resource Center. The Chief of Police, Orville King, and members of his senior staff have been to the LGBT Resource Center and we have excellent relationships with them.
If there are any problems or concerns with the UCPD, please contact the LGBT Resource Center. The Community Service Officer’s (CSO) are a program of the UCPD. CSO’s are not trained in transgender issues at this time. The Residential Security Officers (RSOs) are also a program of the UCPD. RSO’s are not trained in transgender issues at this time.
Critical Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary program at UCSD offering students the opportunity to study gender, race, class, sexuality, and nationalism as intersecting categories of analysis and experience. The program’s curriculum is designed to move students beyond popularized accounts of gender to consider its complex constructions over time and in a variety of cultural, scholarly, and global arenas. Students can expect to encounter a rich spectrum of theoretical and methodological approaches in studying these complex constructions—approaches which all share, despite their differences, a critical orientation in their analyses of gender relations.
Statement for Transgender Students, found at http://pao.ucsd.edu/getting-started/student-identity.html.
From the Programs Abroad website: “Transgender students are valued members of the University of California, San Diego communities. While studying abroad at other campuses, the values and cultures regarding transgender students may not be the same as at UC San Diego. In order to provide support for the needs of incoming and current transgender students currently or planning to study abroad, we strongly encourage students to contact Jennifer Garza, the Faculty-Led Programs Abroad Coordinator, at (858) 534-1123. For more information regarding transgender living concerns and the transgender community studying abroad from UCSD, please go to http://lgbt.ucsd.edu.