Resources for Transgender, Genderqueer, and Non-Binary Students

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  • UCSC Resources

    UCSC Health Center Services

    At the UCSC Student Health Center we care about your health and safety. We are sensitive to how hard it can be to access care. We believe everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect. We encourage you to be open and honest with us so we can assist you in getting the best care possible. Please tell us your preferred name and pronouns.

    Campus Health Plan

    2018-2019 UC Insurance Information 

    Hormones

    Students who are interested in beginning hormones start by making an appointment with one of our providers with experience in hormone gender reassignment. Call the appointment desk at 831-459-2500. Ask for an appointment to speak to someone about “gender questions.” Several visits are involved before we start hormones. These visits include a physical exam, laboratory studies and evaluation by the provider.

    Hormone Consent

    Students who choose to take hormones will be asked to sign a consent for hormones. The consent reviews the risks and benefits of hormones. At the Student Health Center we request that the student review this consent with our Behavioral Health Consultant prior to the appointment with the clinician where the consent will be signed. Reviewing the consent with the Behavioral Health Consultant allows the student to prepare any questions or identify any concerns about the hormone process in advance of their meeting with the clinician to sign the consent. 

    Therapeutic Support

    Having a therapist who can support you through the transition process can be extremely helpful. Therapy can also help students work to have a healthy relationship with their families as they transition. We encourage students to consider therapy; however, this is not a requirement. We work closely with a community of therapists dedicated to supporting people with gender transition.

    Another important source of support for gender transition is the Lionel Cantu Queer Resource Center. In addition to resources, the Cantu center hosts the weekly Blender group. The Cantu Center also employs a Trans Education Specialist who is a source of all kinds of good information and support.

    Ongoing Care

    During the transition period, the student will meet regularly with their medical provider to determine that there are no unexpected consequences from the hormones. The student will need to have regular blood tests. Regular visits give students the opportunity to discuss the changes they are experiencing and their experience of these changes. When the student approaches graduation, the medical provider will work with the student to plan care after graduation.

    Transfer of Care

    If you have already started hormones somewhere else, have your medical records sent to the UCSC Student Health Center before you have your first appointment. We will want your shot records and most recent lab work. Students continuing on hormones who have not obtained prior medical records for us should make an appointment with a clinician to discuss their on-going care. For help transferring your records, call our Medical Records office at 831-459-3063.

    Surgery

    Students who are interested in surgery will be referred to specialists off campus. For insurance coverage it is necessary to have a referral from the Student Health Center. Some specialists may require additional documentation or letters from therapists. We can help you navigate these requirements. Insurance requirements and coverage vary year to year. The student can expect to pay a deductible and some percentage of the cost of surgery. The specialist office and our SHS Insurance Office will help the student understand their coverage. When considering surgery getting accurate insurance information is important so the student can plan for their out-of-pocket costs.

    Legal Gender and Name Changes

    We can complete the necessary paperwork for name and gender change for driver’s license, passport, social security number or other documents.

    Gender Change Without Surgery or Hormones

    Some people live as their authentic gender without hormones or surgery. It can be just as important for these people to change legal documents to match their authentic gender. It is not necessary to take hormones or have surgery to make these changes. Please make an appointment with a provider who has experience in gender issues to discuss this if appropriate.

    Counseling

    UCSC Counseling and Psychological Services Tel: (831) 459-2628

    Crisis Services
    Tel: (831) 459-2628

    Mental Health Self Help

    We strive to be sensitive to the needs of all the students at UCSC. Please let us know if you have additional questions or concerns. You may call our Patient Care Coordinator, Beth Hyde, NP at 831-459-3952 for more information.

    Support Groups

    Blender – Trans Support Group at UCSC
    Blender is a support group for trans and questioning people to come together to collaborate, discuss, and support each other. Whether you are actively out, just recently questioning, or are simply looking for a community, we are the place for you. Come join us for practical advice on transitioning or coming out; watch a movie with us; or plot to take over the world. It’s all up to you! Hope to see all you lovely people there! We meet on Friday’s from 5:30pm-8:30 pm at the Cantu Queer Center.
    To email us: queer@ucsc.edu

    Contact the Cantú at queer@ucsc.edu to schedule intern-led trainings and workshops! 

    Changing Registered Name/Gender

    Admitted, current, and prior students may specify a preferred name through MyUCSC by clicking on the Names link in the Personal Information section of My Student Center. Specify your preferred name by following the instructions at the top of the page. Note that it will take up to 48 hours for your preferred name to appear in the campus directory. You may get an ID card with your preferred name on it by taking a screen shot of your preferred name to ID Card Services. To do this, log into MyUCSC. Go to the Names page by clicking on the Names link in the Personal Information section of the My Student Center page. This page will display both your Primary (legal) name and your Preferred name. Take a screen shot of the entire page. Print this and bring it to ID Card Services. For pricing and hours of service, visit Bay Tree Bookstore ID Card Services. This will not change official records, such as the name that gets printed on your diploma.

    If you would like to change your name and gender on the official university records, fill out the Name and Gender Change Form. This will completely change your name and gender for all university records, including your diploma. Before this form can be processed, proof of a court ordered name/gender change must be presented. To start the process of getting a court ordered name/gender change, click here.

     

    See Also

    Trans & Queer Groups and Orgs

    Map of All-Gender Bathrooms On Campus 

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  • Health Services

     

    Clinics

    Child and Adolescent Gender Center Clinic
    University of California, San Francisco
    Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building
    1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94158
    Appointments: (415) 353-7337
    Fax: (415) 476-8214 (Attention:Dr. Stephen Rosenthal)

    Center of Excellence for Transgender Health
    University of California, San Francisco
    550 16th Street, 3rd Floor
    UCSF Mail Code 0661
    San Francisco, CA 94158-2549 USA
    Fax: 415-476-5348

    Dimensions Clinic: Health Services for Queer & Questioning Youth
    The mission of the Dimensions Collaborative is to combine efforts across agencies to develop health care programs and services that increase health care access and education for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Questioning Youth.
    Castro-Mission Health Center
    3850 17th St.
    San Francisco, CA 94114
    Tel: 415-934-7757 (information)
    Tel: 415-558-7700 (for appointments)

    Lyon Martin Women’s Health Services
    Lyon-Martin provides personalized healthcare and support services to women and transgender people who lack access to quality care because of their sexual or gender identity, regardless of their ability to pay. Lyon-Martin has created a trans-affirmative environment that encourages patients to develop an ongoing relationship with one of our transgender specialists that goes beyond just getting hormones and looks at all of their health and wellness needs.
    1748 Market St., Suite 201
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Tel: 415-656-7667

    Tom Waddell Health Center
    The Transgender Clinic of Tom Waddell Health is committed to providing quality, integrated health care in an atmosphere of trust and respect. They are a multidisciplinary primary care clinic focusing primarily on the needs of underserved populations of inner city San Francisco. Primary care means they treat your whole body, not just your gender issues. Being multidisciplinary means they address all your concerns, not just your medical problems. They have nutritional, mental health and social services, and they work closely with community organizations.
    Tom Waddell Urban Health Clinic
    230 Golden Gate Avenue (at Leavenworth)
    San Francisco, CA
    Hours: Tuesdays, 1:10-5:00pm
    Tel: 415-355-7400

    Tenderloin Area Center of Excellence (TACE) Health Clinic
    Offers community-based health care provider for people living with HIV in the Tenderloin. Offers health, hope, and home to all under-served people—of any race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or immigration status.
    730 Polk St., 4th floor
    San Francisco, CA 94109
    Tel: 415-292-3400

    Trans: Thrive
    Trans: Thrive is a program seeking to foster a healthy trans community empowered by the leadership of its peers by providing educational workshops, social events, case management, peer testing/counseling, etc…
    Drop-in center.
    730 Polk St., 4th floor
    San Francisco, CA 94109
    Tel: 415-292-3420 ext 348 Nikki “Tita Aida” Calma, Program Manager

    St James Infirmary
    Provides health care and social services to sex workers. STRIDE is an appointment-based trans health program. Thursdays 1-4pm.
    1372 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    Tel: 415-554-9634

    Planned Parenthood Westside
    1119 Pacific Avenue, Suite 200
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    Tel: 831-460-3100
    Fax: 831-426-1178

     

    Pharmacy

    New Era Pharmacy
    Trans-friendly mail order pharmacy for hormones. Provide needles and syringes at no additional cost to client. Fast and knowledgeable service to trans clients.
    2855-A S.W. Patton Rd.
    Portland, OR 97201
    Tel: 503-222-9393

    Reproductive Care

    The Fertility and Gynecology Center
    9833 Blue Larkspur Ln.
    Monterey, CA 93940
    Tel: 877-733-4483

    Fertility Physicians of Northern California
    2581 Samaritan Drive Suite 302/309
    San Jose, CA 95124
    Tel: 800-597-2234

    Stanford University IVF/ART Program
    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    900 Welch Rd Suite 350
    Palo Alto, CA 94304
    Tel: 650-498-7911

    MAIA Midwifery and Fertility Services LLC
    Berkeley Location
    2414 Ashby Ave, Suite 201
    Berkeley, CA 94705
    Tel: 206-946-6744

    Pacific Reproductive Services
    444 De Haro Street, Suite 222
    San Francisco, CA 94107
    Tel: 415-487-2288

    The Sperm Bank of California (TSBC)
    TSBC is the first and only sperm bank in the United States to operate as a nonprofit organization. Their mission is to provide services, information, and resources to all individuals and families who choose to create or expand their families through donor insemination and sperm storage. Trans-friendly.
    2115 Milvia St. Suite 201
    Berkeley, CA 94704
    Tel: 510-841-1858

    UCSF Center for Reproductive Health

    2356 Sutter St, 7th Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94115
    Tel: 415-353-7475

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  • Support

    Are you in crisis?

    Please call (877)-565-8860 to reach Trans Lifeline, “a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people.” If you are unable to reach an operator please hang up and dial 9-11 or go to your nearest emergency room. For further information please visit: www.translifeline.org

    If you would like a local resource, the Suicide Prevention Service of the Central Coast has transgender volunteers and Multilingual Interpreters available (831)458-5300 (Habla Español)

    Counseling and Therapy

    Regional

    Counseling and Therapy Services (CATS)
    CATS is a program of Community Human Services in collaboration with John XXIII AIDS Ministry and Monterey County AIDS Project. Provides receive free, confidential counseling (English or Spanish) to improve your mental or emotional health. Our LGBT-affirmative staff, including an LGBT-identified psychotherapist, provide a safe and supportive space in which LGBT and/or HIV+ individuals and their families can receive counseling. Potential counseling issues include gender identity and intersexuality. Services are available in Salinas and Seaside by appointment.
    Phone: 831-757-7915 (appointments) or 831-442-3959 (information)

    Lyon-Martin Mental Health Services
    Lyon-Martin recognizes the relationship between the physical, emotional and psychological aspects of a patient’s health. Our philosophy is to offer a holistic approach to care, attempting to address each of these factors. To that end, our mental health providers closely collaborate with our medical providers to offer a range of services that support patients’ emotional and psychological well-being. These services are affirmative, sex-positive, respectful and culturally sensitive.
    1748 Market Street, Suite 201
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Tel: 415-565-7667 ext 351

    Support Groups

    Santa Cruz

    Groups at the Santa Cruz Diversity Center
    This is where we take the T to a whole new level. No matter where you are on the gender spectrum, The Diversity Center's Trans* Program has something for you. Support groups for and by trans* folks, referrals to trans* friendly providers, lively conversations about the specific ways being trans* impacts us, fun outings - these are just some of the ways we serve you. So no matter whether you're he, she or zie, or anywhere on the long list of gender expressions: transgender, transsexual, intersex, genderqueer, gender variant, agender, bigender, two-spirit, polygender, etc, and people who are questioning (phew!!) you are WELCOME HERE.

    Contact: (831) 425-5422 x114
    Email: transgroup@diversitycenter.org
    Web: http://www.diversitycenter.org/trans/

    Monthly Peer Support Groups: 
    Trans AA* Group – every Monday, 8:00pm-9:00pm
    Transgender Support Group – first and third Tuesday, 7:30pm-9:00pm
    TransMen Peer Support Group – second and fourth Sunday, 6:00-7:30pm
    Transmasculine Group (ages 12-18) – first and third Friday, 5:00pm-7:00pm
    TransGirls Group (ages 12-18) – second and fourth Saturday, 4:00-6:00pm
    GenderQueer Support Group – second Tuesday, 7:30pm-9:00pm 

    Transfamily Support Group

    We are a community of parents and families supporting our transgender children and each other through shared experience and the process of understanding transgender issues.
    Our meetings are generally for parents and support people. We also have family gatherings throughout the year that include our children and all family members.
    1st Saturday of each month, 3:00 to 5:00
    Location: rotating (please call for information and location)
    Contact: Heidi Koronkowski (831) 251-7749

    Regional

    Transgender Support Group
    A support group for transgender women and men seeking peer support. Meets Friday 8-9:30pm.
    The Pacific Center
    2712 Telegraph Ave
    Berkeley, CA 94705
    Tel: 510-548-8283

    Dimensions Clinic Youth Group
    This group is run by trans counselors and TG/GV young people 25 & under are welcome to attend on a drop-in basis. The group is held at Dimensions Clinic every Thursday from 6:30-7:30pm.
    Castro-Mission Health Center
    3850 17th St.
    San Francisco, CA 94114

    St. James Infirmary Peer Counseling
    Peer Counseling sessions are provided by staff on a drop-in basis. These sessions provide non-judgmental individual and/or group support services which focus on a variety of topics which affect the quality of life and safety of Sex Workers.

    Lyon-Martin Group Therapy
    A variety of groups for women, lesbians and transgender people in a safe and compassionate environment.

    LGBT Youth Space
    Counseling and resources for LGBT youth ages 13-25
    452 South First St.
    San Jose, CA 95113
    Tel: 408-343-7940

    Resource Centers

    Santa Cruz

    Santa Cruz Transgender Program at The Diversity Center
    The Diversity Center offers people who find themselves somewhere on the transgender spectrum a place to meet others, access transgender resources, and explore the possibilities in a respectful and caring environment. We offer support groups for transgender individuals see  Trans* Programs for the current groups
    1117 Soquel Ave.
    Santa Cruz, CA 95062
    Tel: 831-425-5422
    Fax: 831-425-0743
    Email: info@diversitycenter.org
    Web: www.diversitycenter.org

    Lionel Cantu Queer Resource Center
    University of California of Santa Cruz
    Tel: 831-459-2468
    Email: queer@ucsc.edu
    Web: www.queer.ucsc.edu

    Triangle Speakers
    Triangle Speakers is a Santa Cruz based non-profit organization. We work to eliminate fear, prejudice, and hatred against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people so that a healthy environment exists for all members of our community in Santa Cruz County. The organization was created with the objective of providing information to dispel myths and stereotypes about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
    Tel: 831.425-5422 x6
    Email: triangle@trianglespeakers.org
    Web: www.diversitycenter.org/programs/trianglespeakers

    Regional

    The Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center
    The Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center will provide Community, Leadership, Advocacy, Support, and Services to Silicon Valley’s LGBT people and allies. The Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center accomplishes its mission by developing diverse resources that empower and support the LGBT community and their allies.
    938 The Alameda
    San Jose, CA 95126
    Tel: 408-293-3040
    Fax: 408-298-8986
    Email: info@defrank.org
    Web: www.defrank.org

    Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits (BAAITS)
    BAAITS exists to restore and recover the role of Two-Spirit people within the American Indian/First Nations community by creating forums for the spiritual, cultural and artistic expression of Two-Spirit people. BAAITS comes together to socialize share and network in an alcohol free environment.
    1800 Market Street, Box 95
    San Francisco, CA 94102-6227
    Tel: 415-865-5616
    Web: www.baaits.org

    Female-To-Male International
    601 Van Ness Ave Ste E327
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Tel: (877) 267-1440
    Email: info@ftmi.org
    Web: www.ftmi.org

    Transgender San Francisco (TGSF)
    A member-based non-profit that provides educational, social and outreach services for the gender gifted community. Membership is available to all gender gifted individuals, their spouses/partners, friends, family members & members of the professional community.
    1800 Market St. Box 86
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Tel: 415-839-9448
    Email: secretary@tgsf.org
    Web: www.tgsf.org

    The Pacific Center
    The Pacific Center is an award winning, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community center based in Berkeley, CA serving the East Bay and Greater Bay Area. Through professional counseling, groups, community events, and advocacy, Pacific Center works to foster and enhance the well-being and self-respect of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.
    2712 Telegraph
    Berkeley, CA 94705
    Tel: (510) 548-8283
    Web: www.pacificcenter.org

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  • Legal Name and Gender Change 

    Court ordered name change (PDF forms included with step by step process) 

    DMV name change (PDF forms included)

    DMV gender change (PDF form)

    Birth certificate name change instruction (forms must be ordered here)

    Birth certificate gender change instructions (forms must be ordered here)

    Social security name and gender change (PDF form) *Doctor letter required for change in gender indication

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  • Recommended Media

    Books

    A Queer and Pleasant Danger by Kate Bornstein (2012) 

    The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson (2016) 

    Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings (2016)

    Butch is a Noun by S. Bear Bergman (2006)

    Gender OutlawOn Men, Women and the Rest of Us by Kate Bornstein (1995) 

    Just Add Hormones by Matt Kailey (2006)

    Mom, I Need to be a Girl by Just Evelyn (2007) 

    Peter Darling by Austin Chant (2017)

    Refining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock (2014) 

    She’s Not There: A Life In Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan (2013)

    Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin (2016)

    The Testosterone Files by Max Wolf Valerio (2006) 

    Trans Bodies, Trans Selves by Laura Erickson-Schroth (2014)

    Transgender History by Susan Stryker (2008)

    Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman by Leslie Feinberg (1997)

    Transparent: Love, Family, and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers by Cris Beam (2008) 

    When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore (2016)

    Whipping Girl by Julia Serano (2007) 

    Movies

    A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story (2006)

    Drunktown's Finest (2014) 

    Gun Hill Road (2011) 

    Paris is Burning (1990)

    Pay It No Mind: The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson (2012) 

    Princesa (2001) 

    Screaming Queens (2005)

    Tangerine (2015)

    Todo Sobre Mi Madre (All About My Mother) (1999) 

    Wild Side (2004)

    Web

    AIS/DSD Support Group - Information and advocacy groups for people affected by Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome and/or related intersex conditions and their families

    The Brown Boi Project – Community of masculine of center womyn, men, two-spirit people, transmen, and our allies committed to changing the way that communities of color talk about gender.

    Center of Excellence for Transgender Health - Increase access to comprehensive, effective and affirming health care services for trans and gender-variant communities

    Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement (TQLM) – National organization that organizes, educates, and advocates for issues regarding LGBTQ and Latino communities.

    Injustice at Every Turn  – A report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey 

    Intersex Society of North America - Resource for the intersex community

    National Center for Transgender Equality - Dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment

    San Francisco Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative (TEEI) – Provides job search support, mentorship, networking opportunities, and legal services for trans* individuals seeking employment

    Santa Cruz Trans* Resources – Collection of resources with experience and training for serving transgender, genderqueer, and genderexpansive communities

    Susan’s Place: Transgender Resource – A comprehensive collection of how-to information and general education for transgender people

    Trans News Updates by Lynn Conway – News of special interest to the trans community

    Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER) – Educational resources and support for trans* advocacy

    Transgender Lives: Your Stories – The New York Times' series of editorials about transgender experieinces, featuring personal stories 

    Transgender Law Center – Organization for changing law, policy, and attitudes in regards to trans* safety and freedom

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  • Relevant Links

    Clothing Resources

    Clothing size chart from Susan’s Place

    How to determine bra size

    How to convert clothing size on the go

    Hudson’s guide to breast binding

    Shoe size conversion chart

    Shopping

    Binders and Prosthetics

    BetterProducts – sells prosthetics (NSFW)

    Big Brother Binder Program – used binder donation program

    FTM at Underworks – sells binders 

    gc2b – sells binders 

    Point of Pride – binder and breast form donation organization 

    T-Kingdom – sells binders

    Clothing

    CharlieBoy ($$)

    Equal Period 

    Flvnt Streetwear 

    GenderFreeClothing ($$) 

    HauteButch – masculine-driven clothing ($$)

    Outplay Swimwear – gender-neutral swimwear ($$)

    Point 5cc 

    Rebirth Garments ($$$)

    Swaps

    The Transgender-Friendly Clothing Swap

    Sexual Health

    Early2Bed – Chicago-based sex toy shop which also includes packers, STP devices, and harnesses

    Brazen: Trans Women's Safer Sex Guide

    Primed: A Sex Guide for Trans Men Into Men

    Pure Pleasure – sex toys and inclusive resources for sexual pleasure and wellbeing

    Also, check out the Cantú's Clothing Closet

    UCSC also hosts an annual Trans Flea Market in winter.

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