by Andrew Salman, 2014 Campus Pride Summer Fellow, Western Kentucky University Safe Zone Training (also often referred to as Safe Space) can be an important first step and ongoing process toward improving campus climate for LGBTQ students. Safe Zone Trainings help teach faculty, staff, and sometimes student leaders how to create safe spaces and how […]
In the past few years, there has been a rise in the presence of trans and genderqueer students on college campuses across the country. With this heightened visibility comes increased backlash that manifests itself in physical harassment and other forms of discrimination toward trans people. More than 90% of two- and four-year institutions in the United States remain completely inaccessible and inhospitable to transgender students. Learn more in the Campus Pride Trans Policy Clearinghouse as well as read these successful strategies and tools for trans and genderqueer advocacy on campus.
The transgender community is one of the most underrepresented, misinterpreted, and misunderstood facets of the LGBTQIA community- as such, in our society we/they face unprecedented rates of violence, higher risks of homelessness and drug addiction, and extremely high rates of self-inflicted violence. Historically, trans people, specifically trans women of color, founded the queer liberation […]
The three main points you should know and a resource guide for further study by Isabel Williams, College of Charleston “Ex-gay minsitries”,”reparative therapy”, “conversion therapy”, or “sexual reorientation therapy” describes practices of individuals or groups that claim to offer “treatment” for LGBT identities and attempt to literally change them to hetero-normative and cis-gender identities. Once, […]
Transgender Membership in Fraternities & Sororities and Title IX Author Stevie Tran is a 2013 graduate of Hofstra University School of Law. Tran is a member of Sigma Phi Beta National Fraternity and also volunteers with Campus Pride. She recently passed the July 2013 bar exam in New York. Reprinted with permission from the Fraternal […]
Reprinted with permission. The Advocate, August 13, 2014 Just a few steps would make any campus a more welcoming place. by Genny Beemyn Let’s face it: most colleges and universities do not do enough to support trans students. To their credit, more than 620 colleges have added “gender identity or expression” to their nondiscrimination policies. […]
by Genny Beemyn Add the Phrase “Gender Identity or Expression” to the Institution’s Nondiscrimination Policy College nondiscrimination policies include “sex” and often “sexual orientation” as protected categories. The reference to “sex” in such policies has historically not been considered to apply to transgender people. Likewise, “sexual orientation” does not necessarily cover transgender people, who encounter […]
With improvements made across the country, for the first time ever, Campus Pride can assemble a list of the most welcoming places for trans students to go to college. by Dr. Genny Beemyn and Shane Windmeyer, reprinted with permission from The Advocate (2012) Transgender people within higher education continue to be an invisible, […]
Transgender and other gender nonconforming people face discrimination and harassment on a daily basis. In addition, transgender individuals are often denied access to basic services and facilities, such as restrooms and housing. Some campus administrators are beginning to understand that the needs of these individuals are going unmet, but many are at a loss for […]
In August 2011, the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) Office of Inclusion released a report titled NCAA Inclusion of Transgender Student-Athletes co-authored by Dr. Pat Griffin and Helen Carroll. The 34-page resource guide is meant to “provide guidance to NCAA athletic programs about how to ensure transgender student-athletes fair, respectful, and legal access to collegiate […]
In order to create change, we must first “begin the conversation.” Transgender people are seldom discussed within the context of fraternities and sororities. However, in order to create necessary policy changes to be supportive of transgender students, the conversation must finally begin in fraternities and sororities. Please disseminate and use the resource as widely as […]
1. The Big Idea Every event starts with an idea, concept, or brainstorm. Get your group together to discuss ways it wants to reach out to the campus community, educate, and/or entertain. Many minds together are more creative than one mind, so together actively brainstorm ideas for events and activities. Once you have your idea […]
It’s not something you usually think about. “Girls” live with “girls,” and “guys” live with “guys.” It has always been that way and we assume it always will be that way. But maybe it’s time to reconsider. Based on the assumption that all students are heterosexual and non-transgender, traditional housing policies forbid different-sex roommate pairs, […]
by Caeden Dempsey, National Center for Transgender Equality In the past few years we have seen a rise in the presence of trans and genderqueer students on college campuses across the country. With this heightened visibility comes increased backlash that manifests itself in physical harassment and other forms of discrimination directed at trans people on […]
by Robert Bergin Alyn Libman may be on a mission to change the way you think about frat guys and transgendered people. If that’s the case though, he’s being awful chill about it. Libman, a fourth year American Studies major, acknowledges that he may be the nation’s first openly transgendered member of a Greek community, […]
The TONI PROJECT provides transgender non-discrimination information for campuses. The TONI project is a first-of-its-kind space for students to share college and university policies important to transgender people. Use this site to learn about campus housing policies, health plans, and curricula, or add and edit information about the school you currently attend. Learn More.
by Genny Beemyn How would your campus respond? These helpful series of scenarios and case studies prepare college campuses for supporting transgender people. Now is the time. Ask the right questions on how to solve these issues. CASE STUDY #1: Lucy, a female student at your college who identifies as genderqueer and often dresses in a […]
Check your boxes. Find out where to focus your trans-inclusive efforts on campus. by Genny Beemyn Language and Processes Yes/No __ __ Have a college nondiscrimination policy that includes “gender identity or expression.” __ __ If your office has its own nondiscrimination policy or diversity statement, be sure that it includes “gender identity/expression” __ __ […]
by Jessica Pettitt Trans folks may identify as heterosexual, lesbian, gay, or bisexual. The confusion comes into play when we perceive another as one gender and that doesn’t match with how that person identifies. Whether deemed as complications at birth, hormonally imbalances during puberty, irregular chromosomal make up conflicting with fertility, or navigating impending menopause […]
The trans umbrella is a useful way to think about gender identities and expressions outside of the traditional male/female binary. These identities include crossdressers, intersex people, gender variant people, and others. Download the Trans Umbrella to learn more about gender identity and expression.