Trans Resources


  • Welcome, Trans, Non-binary, Gender Queer, Agendar, Intersex, and Gender Questioning Students! We are happy you are here.


    UCSC Health Center Services

    Interested in learning more about the services available to you at our Student Health Center? Click the image to travel to our Trans and Non-binary Healthcare Page! 


    Campus Health Plan

    2022-2023 UC SHIP Insurance Information 

  • UCSC Student ID Change 

    Do you need to update the picture or name on your UCSC Student ID? Follow the steps outlined below: 

    Process For Getting A New ID: 

    Step #1: You will need to update your name on MyUCSC. Wait 48 hours before completing the next steps. [If you've already updated your name on MyUCSC skip to Step #2] 
    Step #2: Email ID Card Services and let them know you need an updated ID Card with your lived/preferred name/new legal name. In the email also include, your Student ID #,include a photo (if you want a new one on the ID Card. Guidelines for acceptable photos are here.) and mention your preferred/lived name has been updated on MyUCSC. 
    Note: You are not required to share your legal name as that information will be found with your Student ID #. If you are asked to disclose your legal name and feel uncomfortable doing so please ask the ID services staff to look you up using your SID#. 
    Step #3: Once you send out that email with your SID #, Lived Name/Preferred Name, New Photo ID (if desired), Card Services will confirm they have the necessary information and will give you a pick up time and location for your new ID Card (more info on pick up can be found here).

    Step #4: Enjoy your new UCSC Student ID Card

    Frequently Asked Questions: 

    Do I need a legal name change in order to update my student ID? NO. A legal name change is not required to get a new student ID card, you only need to edit your name on your MyUCSC student portal. 

    Do I need to pay for a new ID if I am needing to update it to better match my gender identity? NO. The fee is typically $25, but since this change is needed to better match your gender identity this fee is waived. You can obtain an updated ID Card at $0 cost to you. 

    How long does it take to get a new student ID? It depends on the time of the school year, sometimes a few days, sometimes 2 weeks. 

    Updating Your Name On MyUCSC

    Admitted, current, and prior students may specify a preferred/lived name through MyUCSC by clicking on the Personal Information section. It will take up to 48 hours for your preferred name to appear in the campus directory. Please note that this does not automatically update ALL UCSC systems, there may still be places where you notice your legal name instead of your lived/preferred name. If you see this, please email that office directly and let them know you go by a different name and would like to change this. 

    By December 2023, UCSC is required to streamline the name update process on ALL UCSC systems. Until then, we recommend following the above steps.  

    Updating Your Name On Registrar Records

    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. Please note that in order to complete this process you do need proof of a court-ordered name and/or gender change must be presented. To start the process of getting a court-ordered name/gender change, click here.

    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

  • Mental Health Support

    On Campus Resouces: 


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

    Crisis Services
    Tel: (831) 459-2628

    CAPS Self-Help Library

    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 go to your nearest emergency room. For further information please visit:

    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)

    Additional Resources For Counseling and Therapy

    Off Campus- 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

    Prospective Students 

    Trans and Non-binary Student Resource Guide 

  • Regional Resources (Off-Campus) 


    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, 1:10-5:00 pm
    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 1-4 pm.
    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


    New Era Pharmacy
    Trans-friendly mail order pharmacy for hormones. Provide needles and syringes at no additional cost to the 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

    Resource Centers

    Santa Cruz

    Santa Cruz Trans 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

    Lionel Cantú Queer Resource Center
    University of California of Santa Cruz
    Tel: (831) 459-2468

    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


    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

    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

    Female-To-Male International
    601 Van Ness Ave Ste E327
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Tel: (877) 267-1440

    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

    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

    Recommended Media


    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) 


    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)


    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 gender-expansive 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 experiences, 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


    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


    CharlieBoy ($$)

    Flavnt Streetwear 

    GenderFreeClothing ($$) 

    HauteButch – masculine-driven clothing ($$)

    Outplay Swimwear – gender-neutral swimwear ($$)

    Point 5cc 

    Rebirth Garments ($$$)


    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