Check your boxes. Find out where to focus your trans-inclusive efforts on campus.
by Genny Beemyn
Language and Processes
__ __ 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”
__ __ Enable transgender students to have a preferred name on university documents (ID cards, class and grade rosters, directory listings, transcripts, diplomas, etc.) upon request.
__ __ Enable transitioning students to change the gender on campus records upon request (i.e, without requiring proof that students have modified their bodies or changed their birth certificates or driver’s licenses).
__ __ Make sure that the language of your website and printed material refers to “people of all genders,” rather than just “men and women.”
__ __ If you need to know the gender of students, revise forms to enable transgender students to self-identify, if they choose. Rather than “sex (choose one): male or female,” use “gender (mark all that apply): male, female, transgender, or self-identify _________.”
__ __ If you take demographic information from students by phone, be sure to ask and not presume their gender.
__ __ Create gender-inclusive restrooms (single-stall, lockable unisex bathrooms) when all buildings, including residence halls, are constructed or renovated.
__ __ Change single-stall men’s and women’s rest rooms into gender-inclusive facilities where plumbing codes allow.
__ __ Create private changing facilities and single-person showers when residence halls and recreation centers are constructed or renovated.
__ __ Have an inclusive housing policy that enables transgender students to be housed in keeping with their gender identity/expression.
__ __ Offer a gender-inclusive housing option, in which all students who request it are assigned a roommate without regard to gender.
__ __ Require gender-segregated organizations and programs, including some student groups, intramural and varsity sports teams, and fraternities and sororities, to have policies and practices that enable transgender students to join, where it is appropriate and not limited by national organizational policies.
__ __ Hire therapists, physicians, and other medical personnel who are knowledgeable about transgender concerns and train existing staff to understand and be sensitive to the needs of transgender students.
__ __ Enable insurance coverage for trans-related psychotherapy, hormone replacement therapy, and gender confirmation surgeries.
__ __ Require all Student Affairs staff, Public Safety officers, and other front-line personnel to attend a training session on transgender issues.
__ __ Create a web-based campus resource guide for new and prospective transgender students.
__ __ Sponsor transgender speakers, performers, and other programs on an ongoing basis
Genny Beemyn is the Director of the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Stonewall Center, a bisexual, gay, lesbian, queer and transgender educational resource center. Genny has published and spoken extensively on the experiences and needs of transgender people, particularly the lives of gender-nonconforming students.